Sorensen completes Spielberg double

Sorensen completes Spielberg double

Formula 3.5 V8

Sorensen completes Spielberg double


Marco Sorensen made it back-to-back Formula Renault 3.5 wins at Spielberg with another victory from pole position in race two.

The Lotus driver controlled the race, and fended off a strong attack from Kevin Magnussen after a restart, to complete his lockout of the weekend.

Magnussen, who had been unable to keep with his countryman prior to the safety car period in the closing stages, eventually settled for second ahead of Nigel Melker.

The championship leader had passed Melker on the opening lap, as the Dutchman recovered from getting tapped at Turn 1 by a spinning Stoffel Vandoorne.

Melker pitted earlier than the leaders in a bid to make up ground, but Sorensen and Magnussen were comfortably clear of him when they emerged from the pits two laps later.

Behind the podium finishers, 2014 Sauber Formula 1 prospect Sergey Sirotkin took advantage of making a late mandatory stop to climb up the order to fifth, before he dived past Will Stevens at Turn 3 on lap 18 to take fourth.

Stevens later lost out to Will Buller as well, but he still moved up to third in the championship thanks to Antonio Felix da Costa failing to get off the line at the start and having to retire.

Da Costa’s disastrous weekend, which included an overnight engine change after his overheating problems in race one, means he has dropped to fifth in the standings behind Melker as well.

Vandoorne later pulled into the pits to retire, meaning he lost significant ground in the title race, too. The Belgian, is now 30 points adrift of Magnussen, having come into this weekend as the championship leader.

Results - 33 laps:Pos  Driver                  Team              Time/Gap 1.  Marco Sorensen          Lotus           45m42.658s 2.  Kevin Magnussen         DAMS               +4.517s 3.  Nigel Melker            Tech 1             +5.422s 4.  Sergey Sirotkin         ISR                +7.117s 5.  Will Buller             Zeta              +11.004s 6.  Will Stevens            P1/Strakka        +12.937s 7.  Marlon Stockinger       Lotus             +14.054s 8.  Nico Muller             Draco             +14.416s 9.  Pietro Fantin           Arden Caterham    +16.899s10.  Norman Nato             DAMS              +18.254s11.  Andre Negrao            Draco             +18.956s12.  Yann Cunha              AV                +23.509s13.  Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin            +24.729s14.  Christopher Zanella     ISR               +25.283s15.  Matias Laine            P1/Strakka        +28.566s16.  Oliver Webb             Fortec            +28.813s17.  Daniil Move             Comtec            +29.903s18.  Mikhail Aleshin         Tech 1            +35.064s19.  Zoel Amberg             Pons               +2 laps20.  Arthur Pic              AV                 +2 lapsRetirements:     Lucas Foresti           Comtec             30 laps     Riccardo Agostini       Zeta               24 laps     Carlos Huertas          Carlin             20 laps     Stoffel Vandoorne       Fortec              9 laps     Nikolay Martsenko       Pons                2 laps     Antonio Felix da Costa  Arden Caterham      0 laps