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Vanthoor celebrates maiden victory in FR2.0 NEC race one

by Gruz David
Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Photo: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC

Dries Vanthoor took his maiden single-seater victory in the first Formula Renault 2.0 NEC race at Assen.

This is Josef Kaufmann Racing’s eighth victory out of 10 races this season but for the first time it was not achieved by Louis Deletraz or Kevin Jorg.

It was Ukyo Sasahara into the lead at the start, taking advantage of a slow getaway from pole-sitter Jorg.

The Swiss driver lost two positions as fellow JKR driver Vanthoor also got past him.

Four laps later, Vanthoor made a successul move for the lead on Sasahara as the Japanese was unable to build a safe lead.

Sasahara managed to stay close for a handful of laps but the Belgian entered the final ten minutes of the race with a lead of two seconds and was untroubled after that.

Sasahara and Jorg completed the podium, followed by Callan O’Keeffe.

Championship leader Deletraz dropped two places at the start to settle into sixth but managed to overtake Harrison Scott to recover one position.

ART’s?Darius Oskoui secured seventh while the top ten was completed by Dennis Olsen,?Colin Noble and Kevin Kleveros.

Full results to follow