Gregoire Saucy claimed a lights-to-flag victory at Barcelona to secure his second consecutive Formula Regional European Championship success.
The opening race of the weekend ended behind the safety car after an incident between MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto and Prema’s Dino Beganovic left Colapinto stranded at the side of the track.
It was a relatively simple race for Saucy. His ART Grand Prix team-mate Gabriele Mini couldn’t stick with him on the start and he was beginning to pull away from the rest of the field when an incident for Nicola Marinangeli sent the Arden driver into the gravel at high speed.
A lengthy safety car period followed as marshals had to repair the barriers and clear the crashed cars of Marinangeli and Prema’s David Vidales.
Mini was unable to challenge Saucy on the restart and Saucy was then in a race of his own until the race-finishing safety car was brought out again.
Colapinto had spent much of the race battling in the midfield, with Beganovic and Zane Maloney his main rivals. The three were running side-by-side late in the race when Colapinto and Beganovic made contact. Both drivers dropped down the order, and Colapinto stopped at the side of the track.
Prema’s Paul Aron passed Van Amersfoort Racing’s Mari Boya on the opening lap for third, and, after briefly coming under investigation for being out of position at the safety car line, finished in that position.
Alex Quinn (Arden) took fourth ahead of Boya and William Alatalo (Arden), who battled R-ace GP’s Isack Hadjar for position in the closing stages. Thomas Ten Brinke (ART GP), Maloney (R-ace), and Patrick Pasma (KIC Motorsport) completed the top 10.
Mechanical issues in qualifying meant Hadrien David started 34th but the R-ace GP driver climbed to 12th and looked set to challenge for a point when the final safety car was brought out.
Race results (15 laps)
|1||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||33m02.305s|
|2||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||+0.542s|
|5||Mari Boya||Van Amersfoort Racing||+3.300s|
|7||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||+6.469s|
|8||Thomas ten Brinke||ART Grand Prix||+6.835s|
|9||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||+7.205s|
|10||Patrik Pasma||KIC Motorsport||+8.075s|
|11||Pietro Delli Guanti||Monolite Racing||+8.714s|
|12||Hadrien David||R-ace GP||+8.971s|
|13||Andrea Rosso||FA Racing by MP||+9.088s|
|14||Lorenzo Fluxa||Van Amersfoort Racing||+10.435s|
|16||Brad Benavides||DR Formula||+12.137s|
|17||Oliver Goethe||MP Motorsport||+13.285s|
|18||Elias Seppanen||KIC Motorsport||+14.449s|
|19||Jasin Ferati||Monolite Racing||+15.130s|
|20||Axel Gnos||G4 Racing||+18.602s|
|21||Francesco Pizzi||Van Amersfoort Racing||+19.036s|
|22||Tommy Smith||JD Motorsport||+20.114s|
|23||Gabriel Bortoleto||FA Racing by MP||+20.681s|
|24||Nico Gohler||KIC Motorsport||+22.155s|
|25||Lena Buhler||R-ace GP||+23.156s|
|26||Alexandre Bardinon||FA Racing by MP||+25.574s|
|27||Belen Garcia||G4 Racing||+26.378s|
|28||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport||+2 laps|
|29||Emidio Pesce||DR Formula|
|30||Alessandro Famularo||G4 Racing|
|Ret||Kas Haverkort||MP Motorsport|
|DNS||Eduardo Barrichello||JD Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Saucy, 1m43.579s