Oliver Rowland (Manor MP Motorsport) took victory in the second Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 race of the weekend at Moscow Raceway. The British driver held off the challenge of Esteban Ocon (ART Junior Team) to secure the win and move to the top of the championship. Ignazio D’Agosto (KTR) finished third to join Rowland and Ocon on the podium.
In qualifying this morning, Esteban Ocon went fastest to claim his first Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 pole position. The Frenchman was joined on the front row at Moscow Raceway by Pierre Gasly (Tech 1 Racing), followed by Oliver Rowland and Ignazio D’Agosto.
Pierre Gasly started the race well, only to crash out just after taking the lead. Oliver Rowland took advantage and seized control of the race, ahead of Esteban Ocon, Ignazio D’Agosto and a lively chasing pack. The safety car then made its first and only intervention to allow Pierre Gasly’s single-seater to be removed from the track.
At the restart, Oliver Rowland and Esteban Ocon quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Ocon then piled pressure on Rowland, but the British driver held firm to cross the line first, less than two tenths ahead of his French rival. Ignazio D’Agosto completed the top three, followed by Oscar Tunjo (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and the Fortec Motorsports pair of Jake Dennis and Mikko Pakari.
Egor Orudzhev (Tech 1 Racing), seventh, was the best-placed Russian, with Bruno Bonifacio (Prema Powerteam), Luca Ghiotto (Prema Powerteam) and Ed Jones (Fortec Motorsports) all following him into points finishes.
What they said
Oliver Rowland: ”It was a very eventful start to the race. Pierre [Gasly] and Esteban [Ocon] ran wide at turn one, and I was in second place with the inside line. But Pierre then shut the door on me. We were close to each other, so I couldn’t avoid him. After that, it was a fantastic race. I tried to protect my tyres as much as I could, while looking to keep the best possible line to maintain my advantage on the straights.”