Formula Renault 2.0 - Gasly claims maiden victory

Pierre Gasly (Tech 1 Racing) produced a dominant drive at Moscow Raceway to record his first victory in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0.

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2013 Moscow FR 2.0 Tech 1 Gasly

The Frenchman was joined on the podium by Oliver Rowland (Manor MP Motorsport) and Steijn Schothorst (Josef Kaufmann Racing), and the result extends his championship lead.

"It was a fantastic race for me," Gasly said. "I was just focused on what I had to do : try to push as hard as possible to stretch my lead. The car was absolutely magnificent, and I hope I can repeat this performance tomorrow."

In qualifying, Gasly claimed his first pole position of the season in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The championship leader was the only driver to lap in under 1:32 at Moscow Raceway, and his time put him ahead of Rowland and Schothorst on the starting grid.

When the lights went out, Gasly held his pole advantage and immediately pulled away. Rowland, Schothorst, Esteban Ocon (ART Junior Team) and Luca Ghiotto (Prema Powerteam) chased behind the front pair.

Further back, Ignazio D’Agosto (KTR), Aurélien Panis (RC Formula) and Roman Mavlanov (RC Formula) were all handed drive-through penalties for jumping the start.

Gasly then pulled into a commanding lead, but there was still plenty of drama in the chasing pack. The battle between Nyck De Vries (Koiranen GP) and Jake Dennis (Fortec Motorsports) was particularly absorbing, with the pair starting from halfway down the grid and fighting for 10th place all the way to the end.

There were several other notable duels elsewhere in the field. Guilherme Silva (Koiranen GP) ended up in the gravel trap on lap eight and Yu Kunamaru (KTR) went on to the grass on lap nine, while Matthieu Vaxivière (Tech 1 Racing) snatched seventh place from Alexander Albon (KTR) on lap 12.

Eventually it was Gasly who took the chequered flag, finishing six seconds ahead of Rowland and Schothorst.

Ocon came fourth, with Ghiotto, Bruno Bonifacio (Prema Powerteam), Vaxivière, Albon, Mikko Pakari (Fortec Motorsports) and Vries all finishing in the points.

"Pierre did a great job today, both in qualifying and in the race," Rowland said. "His pace was superb. It was very hard to keep up with him on this track."

Schothorst added: "It’s my first podium finish in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. It’s a nice reward for all my efforts, and I’m delighted. I’d like to thank my team, because without all their hard work and preparation, this performance would have been difficult to achieve."

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