R-ace GP’s Martinius Stenshorne extended his Formula Regional European Championship lead at the Hungaroring with another win.
Stenshorne won from pole on Saturday, and topped his qualifying group on Sunday but was in the slower group so was beaten to pole by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Joshua Dufek.
However a great start to race two meant he passed Dufek off the line. Prema’s Lorenzo Fluxa also passed Dufek and went side-by-side with Stenshorne. He then went off exiting the corner and tried passing Stenshorne around the outside of turn two as several other drivers went off behind.
There was drama on lap two as Roman Bilinski and Michael Belov battled for eighth, with some contact between them, and the safety car then came out but actually due to Alex Partyshev, Niels Koolen and Charlie Wurz having a race-ending crash.
Racing resumed on lap five and Tim Tramnitz attacked Kas Haverkort for fifth into turn one. Tramnitz then went for Maceo Capietto at turn two but got spun around by Haverkort and it meant the safety car came out again.
Stenshorne sprinted away on the second restart on lap seven, and Bilinski went to pass van Hoepen for fifth around the outside of turn one. Van Hoepen almost pushed him off on the run to turn two but they kept it clean and the race finally got into a rhythm.
Stenshorne set fastest lap several times and had grown his lead to two seconds by lap 12 when the safety car appeared again due to an incident between Alessandro Giusti and Matias Zagazeta. Moments before that, Santiago Ramos had just avoided ploughing into the rear of Sami Meguetounif after locking up on the run to turn one.
Two more laps of racing were packed in following the next restart before the safety car was needed once more due to Lucas Medina and Giovanni Maschio crashing.
There was time for racing to resume following that, and Stenshorne pulled away fom Fluxa for his second win in a row while Capietto took third from Dufek.
Van Hoepen resisted Bilinski for fifth, while Andrea Kimi Antonelli finished a dissapointed seventh but rose back up to second in the standings due to Tramnitz’s non-score.
Race results (17 laps)
|1||Martinus Stenshorne||R-ace GP||33m38.137s|
|4||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||+2.336s|
|5||Laurens van Hoepen||ART Grand Prix||+2.748s|
|7||Andrea Kimi Antonelli||Prema||+3.760s|
|8||Sami Meguetounif||MP Motorsport||+4.147s|
|10||Dilano van’t Hoff||MP Motorsport||+4.941s|
|12||Esteban Masson||Sainteloc Racing||+5.608s|
|17||Tim Tramnitz||R-ace GP||+8.414s|
|18||Kirill Smal||Monolite Racing||+8.933s|
|20||Victor Bernier||MP Motorsport||+9.466s|
|21||Marcus Amand||ART Grand Prix||+9.965s|
|22||Charlie Wurz||ART Grand Prix||+10.301s|
|24||Enzo Scionti||Monolite Racing||+11.165s|
|25||Maya Weug||KIC Motorsport||+11.559s|
|Ret||Michael Belov||G4 Racing|
|Ret||Emmo Fittipaldi||Sainteloc Racing|
|Ret||Lucas Medina||Sainteloc Racing|
|Ret||Giovanni Maschio||Monolite Racing|
|Ret||Matias Zagazeta||R-ace GP|
|Ret||Alessandro Giusti||G4 Racing|
|Ret||Kas Haverkort||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Niels Koolen||Van Amersfoort Racing|
|Ret||Alex Partyshev||KIC Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Stenshorne, 1m40.967s