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.
|1||Gregoire Saucy||ART Grand Prix||32m14.737s|
|3||Isack Hadjar||R-ace GP||+5.546s|
|5||Gabriele Mini||ART Grand Prix||+10.422s|
|6||Thomas ten Brinke||ART Grand Prix||+10.885s|
|8||Patrik Pasma||KIC Motorsport||+12.014s|
|9||Zane Maloney||R-ace GP||+12.218s|
|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|
|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||Hadrien David||R-ace GP|
|Ret||Franco Colapinto||MP Motorsport|
|Ret||Jasin Ferati||Monolite Racing|
|Fastest lap: Hadjar