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Stoffel Vandoorne dominates the first Moscow Raceway race

by Valentin Khorounzhiy

Photo: Renault Sport

Belgian youngster Stoffel Vandoorne was the star of the first Formula Renault 3.5 race, taking a phenomenal lights-to-flag victory.

Vandoorne kept the race under control for the entirety of the race, keeping Antonio Felix da Costa at bay to take his third win of the year as the Portuguese man struggled with a broken exhaust.

Tech 1’s Nigel Melker took another podium in third, emerging victorious in a first lap fight with series rookie Will Buller. The man from Northern Ireland ended his first Formula Renault 3.5 race in fifth, having been also overtaken by Will Stevens.

The Draco duo of Andre Negrao and Nico Muller were next in sixth and seventh, with Marlon Stockinger recording his first points of the season in eighth. The winner’s teammate, Oliver Webb, finished ninth, while Marco Sorensen held off a charging Kevin Magnussen to take the final point.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Stoffel Vandoorne Fortec Motorsports 33 laps in 45:30.868
2 Antonio Felix da Costa Arden Caterham +6.734
3 Nigel Melker Tech 1 Racing +10.050
4 Will Stevens P1 by Strakka Racing +10.867
5 William Buller Zeta Corse +34.929
6 Andre Negrao International Draco Racing +35.180
7 Nico Muller International Draco Racing +35.934
8 Marlon Stockinger Lotus +36.731
9 Oliver Webb Fortec Motorsports +38.450
10 Marco Sorensen Lotus +39.353
11 Kevin Magnussen DAMS +40.809
12 Arthur Pic AV Formula +41.367
13 Norman Nato DAMS +43.501
14 Matias Laine P1 by Strakka Racing +43.917
15 Carlos Huertas Carlin +57.942
16 Mikhail Aleshin Tech 1 Racing +1:15.374
17 Daniil Move SMP Racing by Comtec +1:15.581
18 Pietro Fantin Arden Caterham +1:16.535
19 Yann Cunha AV Formula +1:17.163
20 Mihai Marinescu Zeta Corse +1:18.529
21 Zoel Amberg Pons Racing +1 lap
22 Christopher Zanella ISR +1 lap
Not classified
Jazeman Jaafar Carlin +6 laps
Lucas Foresti SMP Racing by Comtec +12 laps
Nikolay Martsenko Pons Racing +12 laps
DNS Sergey Sirotkin ISR