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Victor Martins wins rained-off Formula Renault Eurocup race in Hungary

by Bethonie Waring

Victor Martins won the opening Formula Renault Eurocup race at the Hungaroring, but will only be awarded half points as the entire three-lap race was run behind the safety car.

The race began behind the safety car due to treacherous weather conditions, in which championship leader Oscar Piastri, Brad Benavides and Ugo de Wilde spun off on the sighting lap.

The field ran under yellow flags for three laps but, as conditions worsened, the race was red flagged with 18 minutes on the clock. It would not be restarted.

MP Motorsport’s Martins, who took pole, stayed on track to take the race win, ahead of R-ace GP’s Alexander Smolyar and his own team-mate Lorenzo Colombo.

After the spin, R-ace GP’s Piastri was unable to start the race, but Martins could only close the gap to his title rival by 12.5 points, as half points were awarded.

The third R-ace GP car of Caio Collet finished fourth, ahead of MP’s Amaury Cordeel and the Arden trio of Frank Bird, Patrik Pasma and Alex Quinn. Global Racing Service’s Xavier Lloveras and JD Motorsport’s Leonardo Lorandi rounded out the top 10.


Race results?
Pos Name Team Time
1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 3 laps
2 Alexander Smolyar R-ace GP +1.002s
3 Lorenzo Colombo MP Motorsport +2.959s
4 Caio Collet R-ace GP +3.475s
5 Amaury Cordeel MP Motorsport +4.183s
6 Frank Bird Arden +5.605s
7 Patrik Pasma Arden +6.352s
8 Alex Quinn Arden +7.903s
9 Xavier Lloveras Global Racing Service +8.995s
10 Leonardo Lorandi JD Motorsport +10.785s
11 Joao Vieira JD Motorsport +11.877s
12 Lucas Alecco Roy M2 Competition +12.433s
13 Federico Malvestiti Bhaitech +13.258s
14 Alex Karkosik FA Racing by Drivex +14.495s
15 Kush Maini M2 Competition +16.465s
16 Petr Ptacek Bhaitech +17.192s
17 Patrick Schott M2 Competition +18.589s
DNS Oscar Piastri R-ace GP
DNS Ugo de Wilde JD Motorsport
DNS Brad Benavides FA Racing by Drivex
Championship Standings
?Piastri 197? ?2 Martins 169.5? ?3 Smolyar 162? ?4 Colombo 147.5? ?5 Collet 128? ?6?Maini 64? ?7?de Wilde 58? ?8?Vieira 55? ?9 Pasma 44? ?10 Lorandi 42.5