Marco Sorensen secured his first win of the 2013 Formula Renault 3.5 season with a commanding drive from pole position in Saturday’s race at Spielberg.
The Lotus driver survived two safety car restarts to take a 4.4 second win over second-placed Nigel Melker.
Melker had taken advantage of a shaky start from Kevin Magnussen to move into second on the opening lap but was unable to keep pace with Sorensen, even though he did post the fastest lap of the race.
Magnussen finished a quiet third, which was enough to regain the championship lead from Stoffel Vandoorne. The Belgian fell backwards in the early stages before retiring with a water leak that developed before the race even began.
Will Stevens finished in fourth place, ahead of Arthur Pic, who twice saw off the advances of Antonio Felix da Costa.
On the first occasion, the Red Bull junior ran wide and slipped into the clutches of Sergey Sirotkin before the first safety car interruption, when debutant Riccardo Agostini left his car stranded in the middle of the track. The Italian had misjudged an overtake on Matias Laine at turn one, running deep onto the slippery run-off and then spinning back on to track, fortunately avoided by the following cars.
Shortly after the restart, F1 hopeful Sirotkin was hit around by Norman Nato after the Frenchman appeared to be caught out by the Russian’s lack of speed into the corner.
Felix da Costa chased Pic again later on but would end up falling to seventh behind William Buller before the chequered flag. Sorensen’s team-mate Marlon Stockinger was eighth with?Andre Negrao and last-place starter Jazeman Jaafar completing the top ten.
|1||Marco Sorensen||Lotus||33 laps in 46:36.415|
|2||Nigel Melker||Tech 1 Racing||4.420|
|4||Will Stevens||P1 by Strakka Racing||14.629|
|5||Arthur Pic||AV Formula||17.511|
|6||William Buller||Zeta Corse||20.107|
|7||Antonio Felix da Costa||Arden Caterham||21.411|
|9||Andre Negrao||International Draco Racing||27.269|
|11||Zoel Amberg||Pons Racing||34.231|
|12||Lucas Foresti||SMP Racing by Comtec||39.229|
|13||Nico M?ller||International Draco Racing||42.355|
|14||Daniil Move||SMP Racing by Comtec||56.612|
|15||Yann Cunha||AV Formula||1:01.802|
|16||Christopher Zanella||ISR||+ 1 lap|
|Matias Laine||P1 by Strakka Racing||15 laps|
|Sergey Sirotkin||ISR||11 laps|
|Norman Nato||DAMS||11 laps|
|Carlos Huertas||Carlin||11 laps|
|Stoffel Vandoorne||Fortec Motorsports||11 laps|
|Riccardo Agostini||Zeta Corse||8 laps|
|Pietro Fantin||Arden Caterham||0 laps|
|Nikolay Martsenko||Pons Racing||0 laps|
|Mikhail Aleshin||Tech 1 Racing||0 laps|
|Oliver Webb||Fortec Motorsports||Did not start|