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Vaxiviere wins again in Tech 1 one-two

by Ant Musker

 

Matthieu Vaxiviere produced a dominant drive from pole to win again in the wet at Aragon, completing a perfect season-opening weekend.

The Frenchman shot away quickly from the rest of the field, gradually increasing the gap over the course of the race from his Tech 1 team-mate Egor Orudzhev in second, achieving a one-two finish for the team, while they were joined on the podium by Britain?s Oliver Rowland.

The race started under the safety car due to the wet conditions and after two laps it pulled in and the racing commenced. Vaxiviere wasted no time in getting away, creating an early bit of breathing space for himself. Rowland made a positive start, jumping up to third-place from fifth on the grid getting in-front of Jake Dennis and Luca Ghiotto. Dennis dropped down to sixth as Oscar Tunjo came through, the Colombian then overtaking Ghiotto on lap four.

Pierre Gasly fell victim to Nyck de Vries, falling to ninth in the early stages then on lap six Ghiotto went off course, dropping way back down the field. Gasly was then overtaken by Ignazio D?Agosto of KTR for eighth.

Meanwhile out in front, Vaxiviere was unchallenged, increasing his lead to eight seconds as he took the flag with Orudzhev busy successfully keeping Rowland behind him collecting a maiden podium for himself in a weekend where the rookie has shown refreshing pace.
Tunjo found himself a few seconds further back ,missing out on the fight for the podium to come home in fourth with Dennis and Esteban Ocon in fifth and sixth.

Nyck de Vries finished seventh and will hope for more competitive weekends to come. In eight-place was D?Agosto followed by Gasly with William Vermont rounding off the top ten.

In the end it was a comfortable win for Vaxiviere and a superb weekend for the eighteen-year-old whose control of the meeting comes slightly as a surprise. His pre-season pace was a little inconsistent yet the 2011 French F4 Champion has proved himself at Aragon displaying his potential.
What will be most interesting to see is whether he can replicate his speed in the future in dryer conditions and to see who else will emerge on the dry track.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere Tech 1 Racing 11 laps in 27:19.789
2 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing +8.451
3 Oliver Rowland Manor MP Motorsport +9.150
4 Oscar Tunjo Josef Kaufmann Racing +13.706
5 Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsports +19.604
6 Esteban Ocon ART Junior Team +21.520
7 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP +22.884
8 Ignazio D:Agosto KTR +24.380
9 Pierre Gasly Tech 1 Racing +26.737
10 William Vermont ARTA Engineering +31.959
11 Bruno Bonifacio Prema Powerteam +38.583
12 Guilherme Silva Koiranen GP +40.398
13 Victor Franzoni Koiranen GP +41.322
14 Ed Jones Fortec Motorsports +43.182
15 Andrea Pizzitola ART Junior Team +44.313
16 Kevin Jorg Jenzer Motorsport +45.505
17 Mikko Pakari Fortec Motorsports +47.793
18 Stefan Wackerbauer Interwetten.com Racing +55.675
19 Gustav Malja Josef Kaufmann Racing +56.663
20 Melville Mckee Manor MP Motorsport +58.180
21 Konstantin Tereschenko Interwetten.com Racing +1:00.393
22 Aurelien Panis RC Formula +1:02.414
23 Victor Sendin AV Formula +1:06.474
24 Luca Ghiotto Prema Powerteam +1:06.552
25 Alex Baron ART Junior Team +1:11.238
26 Levin Amweg Jenzer Motorsport +1:13.169
27 Benjamin Bailly RC Formula +1:17.507
28 Simon Tirman ARTA Engineering +1:19.691
29 Javier Merlo Manor MP Motorsport +1:24.541
30 Steijn Schothorst Josef Kaufmann Racing +1:25.974
31 Nick Cassidy AV Formula +1:32.285
32 Alejandro Abogado Interwetten.com Racing +1:49.306
Not classified
Yu Kanamaru KTR +3 laps
Marcos Siebert Jenzer Motorsport +4 laps
Alexander Albon KTR +7 laps
DNS Naomi Schiff RC Formula
DNS Leo Roussel ARTA Engineering
Series standings (points-scorers only)
Pos. Driver Team Pts.
1 Matthieu Vaxiviere Tech 1 Racing 50
2 Esteban Ocon ART Junior Team 26
3 Egor Orudzhev Tech 1 Racing 24
4 Jake Dennis Fortec Motorsports 20
5 Pierre Gasly Tech 1 Racing 17
6 Oliver Rowland Manor MP Motorsport 16
7 Oscar Tunjo Josef Kaufmann Racing 16
8 William Vermont ARTA Engineering 13
9 Steijn Schothorst Josef Kaufmann Racing 8
10 Nyck de Vries Koiranen GP 8
11 Ignazio D’Agosto KTR 4