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Sorensen takes lights-to-flag first win of 2013 in Spielberg

by Peter Allen
Marco Sorensen

Photo: Renault Sport/DPPI

Marco Sorensen secured his first win of the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 season with a commanding drive from pole position in Saturday’s race at Spielberg.

The Lotus driver survived two safety car restarts to take a 4.4 second win over second-placed Nigel Melker.

Melker had taken advantage of a shaky start from Kevin Magnussen to move into second on the opening lap but was unable to keep pace with Sorensen, even though he did post the fastest lap of the race.

Magnussen finished a quiet third, which was enough to regain the championship lead from Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian fell backwards in the early stages before retiring with a water leak that developed before the race even began.

Will Stevens finished in fourth place, ahead of Arthur Pic, who twice saw off the advances of Antonio Felix da Costa.

On the first occasion, the Red Bull junior ran wide and slipped into the clutches of Sergey Sirotkin before the first safety car interruption, when debutant Riccardo Agostini left his car stranded in the middle of the track. The Italian had misjudged an overtake on Matias Laine at turn one, running deep onto the slippery run-off and then spinning back on to track, fortunately avoided by the following cars.

Shortly after the restart, F1 hopeful Sirotkin was hit around by Norman Nato after the Frenchman appeared to be caught out by the Russian’s lack of speed into the corner.

Felix da Costa chased Pic again later on but would end up falling to seventh behind William Buller before the chequered flag. Sorensen’s team-mate Marlon Stockinger was eighth with?Andre Negrao and last-place starter Jazeman Jaafar completing the top ten.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Marco Sorensen Lotus 33 laps in 46:36.415
2 Nigel Melker Tech 1 Racing 4.420
3 Kevin Magnussen DAMS 9.065
4 Will Stevens P1 by Strakka Racing 14.629
5 Arthur Pic AV Formula 17.511
6 William Buller Zeta Corse 20.107
7 Antonio Felix da Costa Arden Caterham 21.411
8 Marlon Stockinger Lotus 25.752
9 Andre Negrao International Draco Racing 27.269
10 Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 28.190
11 Zoel Amberg Pons Racing 34.231
12 Lucas Foresti SMP Racing by Comtec 39.229
13 Nico M?ller International Draco Racing 42.355
14 Daniil Move SMP Racing by Comtec 56.612
15 Yann Cunha AV Formula 1:01.802
16 Christopher Zanella ISR + 1 lap
Not classified
  Matias Laine P1 by Strakka Racing 15 laps
  Sergey Sirotkin ISR 11 laps
  Norman Nato DAMS 11 laps
  Carlos Huertas Carlin 11 laps
  Stoffel Vandoorne Fortec Motorsports 11 laps
  Riccardo Agostini Zeta Corse 8 laps
  Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham 0 laps
  Nikolay Martsenko Pons Racing 0 laps
  Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 Racing 0 laps
Oliver Webb Fortec Motorsports Did not start