A weekend to remember for Anthoine Hubert, who ruled throughout the weekend in Pau of the second season’s round of Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS.
The narrow streets of the French town never slowed down the Tech 1 Racing driver who proved to be the fastest in both qualifies and the best in the two races. In Race 2 as in Race 1 the French ruled form flag to flag defending his lead from the attempts of the Brit Jake Hughes (Koiranen GP) who ended up second overall. Along with them on podium yet another French: Matthieu Vaxiviere (Arta Enginnering) who thus doubled his lucky ALPS Pau debut in 2012 when he scored third.
Thumb up for the Tech 1 Racing driver, Simon Gachet, who scored third in Race 1 and managed fourth today racing consistently. Fifth place for the Austrian Stefan Riener who managed to keep behind his team-mate and current Championshp leader Jack Aitken, them too racing with Koiranen GP.
Good racing also for the American Travis Jordan Fischer, who on the Cram Motorsport car preceded the Russian Denis Bulatov (GSK Grand Prix), for seventh place. Shame both for Ben Barnicoat (Fortec Motorsports) and Matevos Isaakyan (JD Motorsport), which were forced to retire during the early stages of the race.
THE REPORT. No problems at the start for Hubert who is chased by Hughes that overtakes Barnicoat. A minor contact between Barnicoat and Isaakyan marks the end of their race while the Safety Car keeps the pack tight. Ferrer and Vivacqua join the pits. At the restart the lead is still a matter of Hubert with Hughes and Vaxiviere on his tail. Al lap 7 James Allen ends up wide and forced to retire. Same place and just one lap after and is Cazzaniga’s turn to retire for a similar mistake. At the end of the main straight Martin Kodric spins loosing 10 places from P4 to P14 and giving way to Gachet.
“This is a weekend to remember – were the words of Anthoine Hubert (wild card) – Twice on pole and two wins is the best I could expect. I really enjoyed also because this is one of the most challenging circuits where is possible to race. I wish to thank Tech 1 Racing cause it made it all possible”.