Photo: Chris Schotanus
ART Junior Team’s Andrea Pizzitola took his maiden Formula Renault 2.0 NEC win in the third race of the opening round at Hockenheim.
Having finished sixth in race one, Pizzitola started race three from pole with Jack Aitken lining up alongside him. The Frenchman ended up untroubled for most of the race and took a deserved lights-to-flag victory, capitalising on the overtaking that went on behind him.
Another great overtaking performance saw Oliver Rowland take his third podium in three races, while polesitter for the first two races Matt Parry finished in third. His teammates, Mikko Pakari and Shahaan Engineer, took fourth and sixth, with Josef Kaufmann Racing’s Steijn Schothorst between them.
Gustav Malja, another JKR driver, finished seventh, ahead of Esteban Ocon, who had to fight back up the grid after losing a lot of positions in the beginning. Reigning champion Jake Dennis took ninth, while Jakub Dalewski took his first top ten finish in the series.
After round one, Rowland leads the championship with 68 points to Ocon’s 60 and Pakari’s 57. With none of them expected to do the series full-time this year, it’s Parry and Pizzitola who emerge from the opener as contenders.
|1||Andrea Pizzitola||ART Junior Team||16 laps in 26:34.645|
|2||Oliver Rowland||Manor MP Motorsport||+3.278|
|3||Matt Parry||Fortec Motorsports||+6.079|
|4||Mikko Pakari||Fortec Motorsports||+8.578|
|5||Steijn Schothorst||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+10.495|
|6||Shahaan Engineer||Fortec Motorsports||+11.260|
|7||Gustav Malja||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+12.015|
|8||Esteban Ocon||ART Junior Team||+12.269|
|9||Jake Dennis||Fortec Motorsports||+14.807|
|10||Jakub Dalewski||JD Motorsport||+22.803|
|11||Dennis Olsen||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+23.108|
|12||Erik Johansson||KEO Racing||+26.914|
|13||Ed Jones||Fortec Motorsports||+27.670|
|15||Raoul Owens||Mark Burdett Racing||+28.723|
|16||Tanart Sathienthirakul||ART Junior Team||+33.552|
|18||Victor Sendin||AV Formula||+35.975|
|19||Louis Del?traz||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+36.861|
|20||Javier Merlo||Manor MP Motorsport||+41.720|
|21||Aurelien Panis||RC Formula||+42.505|
|22||Jack Aitken||Fortec Motorsports||+44.470|
|24||Alfonso Celis||Fortec Competition||+50.593|
|25||Ryan Tveter||Fortec Competition||+54.172|
|26||Cedric Freiburghaus||SL Formula||+55.960|
|27||Andres Mendez||Mark Burdett Racing||+59.017|
|28||Nicolas Jamin||ART Junior Team||+59.653|
|29||Julio Moreno||JTR Racing||+1:00.241|
|30||Simon Stoller||SL Formula||+1:14.516|
|32||Miika Laiho||PositiOne Motorsport||+1:15.098|
|33||Patric Armand||Fortec Motorsports||+1:19.681|
|Roman Beregech||Fortec Competition||+7 laps|
|Fran Rueda||AV Formula||+12 laps|
|Juan Branger||JD Motorsport||+14 laps|
|Roman Mavlanov||RC Formula||+14 laps|
|Alex Baron||ART Junior Team||+16 laps|