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Ye makes history for China with first Eurocup win at Monza

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: DPPI / F. Gooden

Yifei Ye claimed a lights to flag victory in the opening Formula Renault race at Monza to become the series? first Chinese race winner.

The Josef Kaufmann Racing driver made a clean get away from pole while Renault F1 juniors Christian Lungaard and Max Fewtrell made contact in their battle for second on the run to the first corner.

Lungaard managed to hold position and a safety car at the end of lap two ? brought out after a collision between Axel Matus, Alexander Vartanyan, and Vladmir Tziortzis – allowed the MP Motorsport driver to close in on the race lead.

Ye enjoyed a perfect restart and set about building a gap to the rest of the field. He finished 1.652s ahead of Lungaard to take his first Eurocup victory, promoting him to the top of the championship standings.

Paul Ricard race winner and former championship leader Fewtrell dropped down the order after his contact with Lungaard and was forced to pit at the end of the opening lap. He returned to track but couldn?t fight his way back through the field, eventually finishing 22nd, albeit with fastest lap.

JD Motorsport driver Lorenzo Colombo made a strong start to move up to third after starting sixth on the grid. He spent the second half of the race following close behind Lungaard, but was never quite close enough to attempt a move. The rookie settled for third, taking his first podium in the championship and the team’s first since the Nurburgring round in 2015.

Fourth place initially belonged to Richard Verschoor, but came under pressure from Alexander Smolyar after the safety car restart and was demoted to fifth. He then lost a further three positions when he locked up at the Retefillo chicane and had to take the escape road.

He set about carving his way back up through the order, passing Charles Milesi and Victor Martins. Renault F1 junior Martins fought back once being overtaken, and reclaimed the position by forcing Verschoor wide.

Verschoor fell away from Milesi and Martins in the closing stages of the race and was forced to the pits two laps before the chequered flag.

Milesi and Martins spent the rest of the race battling. Martins took the chequered flag in sixth, behind Alex Peroni, with Milesi less than a second behind.

Logan Sargeant, who won the second race at Paul Ricard, finished eighth with Max Defourny and Thomas Maxwell rounding out the points.


Race results
Pos Name Team Time
1 Yifei Ye Josef Kaufmann Racing 17 laps
2 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport +1.652s
3 Lorenzo Colombo JD Motorsport +2.535s
4 Alexander Smolyar Tech 1 Racing +3.987s
5 Alex Peroni MP Motorsport +8.047s
6 Victor Martins R-ace GP +11.228s
7 Charles Milesi R-ace GP +12.199s
8 Logan Sargeant R-ace GP +15.268s
9 Max Defourny MP Motorsport +15.928s
10 Thomas Maxwell JD Motorsport +18.697s
11 Neil Verhagen Tech 1 Racing +20.719s
12 Arthur Rougier Fortec Motorsports +21.152s
13 Oscar Piastri Arden +21.344s
14 Frank Bird Tech 1 Racing +22.246s
15 Thomas Neubauer Tech 1 Racing +22.736s
16 Eliseo Martinez AVF +23.417s
17 Clement Novalak RP Motorsport +25.673s
18 Sami Taoufik Arden +27.134s
19 Raul Guzman Fortec Motorsports +34.158s
20 Xavier LLoveras AVF +34.380s
21 Christian Hahn Fortec Motorsports +36.942s
22 Max Fewtrell R-ace GP +37.519s
23 Christian Munoz AVF +38.517s
NC Richard Verschoor Josef Kaufmann Racing +2 laps
25 Vladimir Tziortis Fortec Motorsports +2 laps
Ret Axel Matus AVF
Ret Alexander Vartanyan Arden
Ret Najiy Razak JD Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Fewtrell, 1m50.227s

Championship Standings
?Ye 58? ?2?Fewtrell 43? ?3?Lundgaard 43???4 Sargeant 29? ?5 Colombo 27? ?6 Martins 20? ?7?Piastri 18? ?8 Smolyar 16? ?9?Peroni 16? ?10?Maxwell 10