World Series Formula Renault 3.5

Van der Garde back in P1

Hungaroring – Race 1

Giedo Van der Garde (P1 Motorsport) is back again with a win at the end of a colourful race. The leader of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series held off pressure from Julien Jousse (Tech 1 Racing) right to the finish. Fabio Carbone (Ultimate Signature) finished third, to become the fourteenth different driver to mount the podium in just eight races!

Taking advantage of the reverse grid, Charles Pic (Tech 1 Racing) started in pole position ahead of Alexandre Marsoin (Epsilon Euskadi), Giedo Van der Garde and Alvaro Barba (Prema Powerteam). Marsoin made the best start, as Charles Pic span his wheels, letting Van der Garde through. Barba was fourth, ahead of Jousse and Marcos Martinez (Pons Racing). In the main field, Robert Wickens (Carlin Motorsport) made a mistake and retired.

Julien Jousse, seventh on the grid, made a very good start when he overtook Barba and began to gain on teammate Charles Pic. After three laps, the safety car was brought out while the cars of Salvador Duran (Interwetten.com) and Aleix Alcaraz (Pons Racing) were cleared from the track. Marsoin held his ground against Van der Garde, Pic, Jousse and Martinez who had taken Barba.

The front four pulled away, but the safety car came out once more after Esteban Guerrieri (Ultimate Signature) crashed out.

Alexandre Marsoin was once again defending the top spot, while Julien Jousse took advantage of teammate Charles Pic. Martinez also took the opportunity to get past him. Behind them Alvaro Barba and Miguel Molina clashed. In trying to get away, Barba collided with Mario Romancini. The safety car had its third outing of the race. At the same time, the race leader Alexandre Marsoin, was handed a ‘drive through' penalty for his false start.

Giedo Van der Garde replaced him ten laps from the finish ahead of Julien Jousse, Marcos Martinez, Fabio Carbone (Ultimate Signature) and Bertrand Baguette (International Draco). Charles Pic came off worst from the maneuver, slipping back to fifteenth place after he went off.

In third place, Marcos Martinez span out, handing third place on the podium to Fabio Carbone. At the end of the race, Jousse beat the lap record and closed the gap with Van der Garde. However, the Dutchman held him off, to take his fourth win of the season ahead of Jousse and Carbone.

Giedo Van der Garde: «We've worked hard to make the car consistent in races. I made a very good start and then I made the most of Marsoin's penalty. It's a good result. Tomorrow it will be equally wide open!»

Julien Jousse: «I wasn't expecting to finish on the podium, it's a good result for my championship prospects. The race with Charles was in fair, after that I caught up with Giedo but he didn't make the slightest error.»

Fabio Carbone: »Our team started from scratch this year. Everything was new, so we needed a little time to get things right. We've also been unlucky. You need to be patient. It has started to pay off today. I can't wait for tomorrow's race, as I'm starting in pole position!»

Pos Number Driver  Team  Laps Time GapFirst KPH1 21 Giedo Van Der GARDE P1 MOTORSPORT 25 44:19.998 - 166.5   2 1 Julien JOUSSE TECH 1 RACING 25 44:20.717 +0.719 166.8   3 27 Fabio CARBONE ULTIMATE-SIGNATURE 25 44:25.349 +5.351 166.5   4 3 Bertrand BAGUETTE INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING 25 44:29.047 +9.049 165.9   5 25 Marco BONANOMI RED DEVIL TEAM COMTEC 25 44:37.772 +17.774 164.6   6 12 Duncan TAPPY RC MOTORSPORT 25 44:38.506 +18.508 164.4   7 23 James WALKER FORTEC MOTORSPORT 25 44:39.163 +19.165 164.5   8 20 Pablo SANCHEZ INTERWETTEN.COM RACING 25 44:44.445 +24.447 164.1   9 5 Mikhail ALESHIN CARLIN MOTORSPORT 25 44:44.952 +24.954 164.6   10 4 Marco BARBA INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING 25 44:45.327 +25.329 164.0   11 26 Pasquale DiSABATINO RED DEVIL TEAM COMTEC 25 44:45.994 +25.996 164.0   12 24 Fairuz FAUZY FORTEC MOTORSPORT 25 44:47.420 +27.422 165.4   13 15 Marcos MARTINEZ PONS RACING 25 44:48.104 +28.106 165.0   14 11 Claudio CANTELLI RC MOTORSPORT 25 44:49.310 +29.312 164.1   15 22 Pippa MANN P1 MOTORSPORT 25 44:53.999 +34.001 163.6   16 16 Daniil MOVE KTR 25 44:59.799 +39.801 162.8   17 8 Alexandre MARSOIN EPSILON-EUSKADI 25 45:05.432 +45.434 166.8   18 2 Charles PIC TECH 1 RACING 22 40:19.613 3 Laps 165.8     17 Guillaume MOREAU KTR 13 24:43.538   163.0     10 Alvaro BARBA PREMA POWERTEAM 12 22:25.081   164.8     9 Miguel MOLINA PREMA POWERTEAM 11 20:23.462   164.6     7 Mario ROMANCINI EPSILON-EUSKADI 11 20:28.607   163.2     6 Robert WICKENS CARLIN MOTORSPORT 11 20:29.054   165.2     28 Esteban GUERRIERI ULTIMATE-SIGNATURE 8 14:21.904   163.9     14 Aleix ALCARAZ PONS RACING 1 1:47.280         19 Salvador DURAN INTERWETTEN.COM RACING 1 1:50.083