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Saucy takes another lights-to-flag FREC win at Barcelona

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: FRECA

Gregoire Saucy made it three wins from four Formula Regional European Championship races this season by taking back-to-back victories at Barcelona.

The ART Grand Prix driver dominated the second race of the weekend to finish 2.555 seconds ahead of Arden’s Alex Quinn.

A safety car period paused running early on as two separate incidents left three cars damaged at the side of the track.

Contact between Monolite Racing’s Jasin Ferati and G4 Racing’s Belen Garcia left the former in the gravel, while R-ace GP’s Hadrien David and MP Motorsport’s Franco Colapinto collided and retired.

Racing resumed with 20 minutes remaining of the timed race. Quinn had been able to challenge Saucy at the start, only for the poleman to take the outside line at turn one to hold position. On the restart, Quinn couldn’t get a good enough run to challenge and Saucy broke away. Saucy gradually extended his gap at the front of the order, while Quinn was a comfortable second.

Isack Hadjar finished third after a race-long battle with Paul Aron. Hadjar had passed Gabriele Mini early on to take top rookie position and quickly closed the gap to Aron in third.

Aron put up a good defence, and multiple times Hadjar looked to be ahead going into the first corner only for Aron to brake later to keep third. Hadjar was eventually able to make a move stick and pull away.

Prema’s Aron ended the race under investigation for not taking the escape road when he ran wide while battling with R-ace’s Hadjar. The same offence earned Colapinto a three-place grid penalty ahead of the race.

Mini was left in fifth ahead of ART team-mate Thomas ten Brinke and the battling William Alatalo and Patrik Pasma. Zane Maloney and Dino Beganovic completed the top 10.

There was more bad luck for Prema’s title contender David Vidales after an incident early on left him with significant damage to his front-right wheel and he retired in the pitlane.

Race results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix 32m14.737s
2 Alex Quinn Arden +2.555s
3 Isack Hadjar R-ace GP +5.546s
4 Paul Aron Prema +9.323s
5 Gabriele Mini ART Grand Prix +10.422s
6 Thomas ten Brinke ART Grand Prix +10.885s
7 William Alatalo Arden +11.550s
8 Patrik Pasma KIC Motorsport +12.014s
9 Zane Maloney R-ace GP +12.218s
10 Dino Beganovic Prema +13.865s
11 Andrea Rosso FA Racing by MP +14.782s
12 Gabriel Bortoleto FA Racing by MP +17.280s
13 Brad Benavides DR Formula +19.735s
14 Pietro Delli Guanti Monolite Racing +20.486s
15 Axel Gnos G4 Racing +22.235s
16 Francesco Pizzi Van Amersfoort Racing +22.494s
17 Oliver Goethe MP Motorsport +23.392s
18 Kas Haverkort MP Motorsport +23.643s
19 Alessandro Famularo G4 Racing +24.139s
20 Mari Boya Van Amersfoort Racing +24.864s
21 Lorenzo Fluxa Van Amersfoort Racing +25.240s
22 Nicola Marinangeli Arden +26.557s
23 Eduardo Barrichello JD Motorsport +27.678s
24 Emidio Pesce DR Formula +31.165s
25 Tommy Smith JD Motorsport +33.195s
26 Alexandre Bardinon FA Racing by MP +34.654s
27 Lena Buhler R-ace GP +35.906s
28 Nico Gohler KIC Motorsport +37.879s
29 Belen Garcia G4 Racing +59.584s
Ret Elias Seppanen KIC Motorsport
Ret David Vidales Prema
Ret Hadrien David R-ace GP
Ret Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport
Ret Jasin Ferati Monolite Racing
Fastest lap: Hadjar

Championship standings
Saucy 85   2 Aron 57   3 Quinn 48   4 Mini 36   5 Alatalo 32   6 Vidales 31   7 Hadjar 27   8 David 27   9 Maloney 19   10 Boya 15