Tim Tramnitz took his second Formula Regional European Championship victory of the weekend at Barcelona on Sunday, once again leading home Andrea Kimi Antonelli in a largely incident-free race.
Prema’s Antonelli was able to stay within a second of Tramnitz throughout the race but the R-ace GP driver never looked to be under serious threat.
After spinning out at Imola, Tramnitz made amends in style, his two wins lifting him into the points lead after two rounds.
Tramnitz made a strong start from pole, moving across to take the inside line into turn one. Antonelli pulled out at the last moment to dive for the inside but was unable to find a way through.
MP Motorsport’s Sami Meguetounif had made the best getaway from the second row, pulling alongside the top two before having to drop back behind into the first corner.
As the leaders pulled away, Meguetounif was able to gap himself from a fierce battle behind between Race Performance Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Joshua Dufek, with Ramos weaving down the straight on occasion as he tried to break the tow.
Up front, the lead wavered around the one-second mark as Antonelli tried to push Tramnitz into a mistake.
On the penultimate lap, he brought the gap down to 0.625s as he made a final attempt to challenge Tramnitz. As he pushed to close him down, Antonelli ran slightly wide at turn nine, dropping two wheels onto the dirt on the exit, costing him 0.3s and any chance of a final push.
The two were in a class of their own, Tramnitz finishing over 10s ahead of Meguetounif, who gained compensation from his lap one elimination in the weekend’s first race.
With few overtaking moves in the race, Ramos held on to fourth from Dufek and Prema’s Rafael Camara took sixth.
G4 Racing’s Michael Belov snatched the final point in 10th place from Prema’s Lorenzo Fluxa after a lengthy duel.
An off from Sainteloc’s Lucas Medina at turn 12 brought out the safety car on lap two, while Monolite Racing’s Giovanni Maschio brought out yellow flags after making his customary visit to the gravel on the penultimate lap.
Race results (19 laps)
|1||Tim Tramnitz||R-ace GP|
|2||Andrea Kimi Antonelli||Prema||+0.791s|
|3||Sami Meguetounif||MP Motorsport||+10.122s|
|5||Joshua Dufek||Van Amersfoort Racing||+11.580s|
|9||Laurens van Hoepen||ART Grand Prix||+20.438s|
|10||Michael Belov||G4 Racing||+20.839s|
|12||Martinius Stenshorne||R-ace GP||+22.301s|
|13||Kas Haverkort||Van Amersfoort Racing||+22.732s|
|15||Victor Bernier||MP Motorsport||+25.899s|
|17||Alessandro Giusti||G4 Racing||+27.215s|
|18||Charlie Wurz||ART Grand Prix||+27.744s|
|19||Kirill Smal||Monolite Racing||+28.198s|
|20||Marcus Amand||ART Grand Prix||+36.747s|
|22||Dilano van’t Hoff||MP Motorsport||+39.110s|
|23||Matias Zagazeta||R-ace GP||+40.602s|
|24||Maya Weug||KIC Motorsport||+40.922s|
|26||Emmo Fittipaldi||Sainteloc Racing||+42.084s|
|29||Niels Koolen||Van Amersfoort Racing||+57.929s|
|Ret||Giovanni Maschio||Monolite Racing|
|Ret||Alex Partyshev||KIC Motorsport|
|Ret||Enzo Scionti||Monolite Racing|
|Ret||Lucas Medina||Sainteloc Racing|
|Fastest lap: Antonelli, 1m37.898s