Formula Renault 2.0 - D'Agosto wins after Albon penalised

Ignazio D’Agosto (KTR) claimed his maiden Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 victory in race one at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.

Formula Renault 2.0 - D'Agosto wins after Albon penalised

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Ignazio d'Agosto

The Italian placed ahead of William Vermont (ARTA Engineering) and Ed Jones (Fortec Motorsports). Poleman Alexander Albon (KTR) led for the entire race and crossed the line first, but was stripped of the victory for having earlier jumped the start.

"Alex was in front of us and he deserved the victory, but his mistake can't be undone," D’Agosto said. "I'm very happy with this result, which rewards all the work I've done on the track with my team, and with my dad at home. It's very hard to get to the top in this category. Since Moscow, the car has really improved and we're competitive. A big thank-you must go to my engineer."

On Friday, Alexander Albon took his first pole position in the series with a time of 1:30.920. Vermont and D’Agosto lined up on the grid in second and third respectively. Pierre Gasly (Tech 1 Racing) started on the fifth row, having been penalised for rejoining the track dangerously at Moscow. Alongside him was championship leader Oliver Rowland (Manor MP Motorsport).

At the start, Albon held his advantage from pole. In a lively chasing pack, Aurélien Panis (Prema Powerteam) retired on lap one, while Jones passed Oscar Tunjo (Josef Kaufmann Racing).

On lap five, D’Agosto overtook Vermont to move up to second. Albon, meanwhile, received a 10-second penalty for jumping the start of the race. From there, it was effectively a race against the clock for the KTR driver.

Albon pushed hard, but in doing so made a mistake four laps from the end. This prevented him from building a big enough gap to retain the race lead. And although he crossed the line in first place, his team-mate, D’Agosto, was awarded the victory.

The Italian, who also finished on the podium at Moscow Raceway, was followed by Vermont and Jones.

Jake Dennis (Fortec Motorsports) came fourth after successfully holding off the challenge of Rowland, who was fifth. It was a similar story for Steijn Schothorst (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Gasly, who finished sixth and seventh respectively. Tunjo, Jack Aitken (Fortec Motorsports) and Albon completed the top 10.


1-D'Agosto (ITA) - KTR

2-Vermont (FRA) - Arta Engineering - +0.667

3-Jones (UAE) - Fortec Motorsports - +1.451

4-Dennis (GBR) - Fortec Motorsports - +1.939

5-Rowland (GBR) - Manor MP Motorsport - +2.359

6-Schothorst (NED) - Josef Kaufmann Racing - +3.177

7-Gasly (FRA) - Tech 1 Racing - +3.545

8-Tunjo (COL) - Josef Kaufmann Racing - +3.932

9-Aitken (GBR) - Fortec Motorsports - +4.303

10-Albon (GBR) - KTR - +5.014

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