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Yifei Ye makes history with his Formula Renault Eurocup win at Monza

Yifei Ye makes history with his Formula Renault Eurocup win at Monza

21.04.2018: On Saturday, Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) became, at Monza, the first Chinese driver to win a race in the Formula Renault Eurocup.

On Saturday, Yifei Ye (Josef Kaufmann Racing) became, at Monza, the first Chinese driver to win a race in the Formula Renault Eurocup.



Starting from pole position, Yifei Ye took top honours ahead of the rookie member of the Renault Sport Academy Christian Lundgaard (MP Motorsport) and Italian Lorenzo Colombo (JD Motorsport).



 With the victory, Yifei Ye is the new leader in the general classification ahead of Max Fewtrell (R-ace GP) and Christian Lundgaard.




First pole for Yifei Ye



This morning, Yifei Ye became the first Chinese driver to take the pole in the Formula Renault Eurocup. Dominating Group B with a lap of 1:48.772s, the Josef Kaufmann Racing driver was quicker than Lorenzo Colombo, who posted fastest time in Group A in 1:49.591s.



Group A - Group BDue to a four-place penalty imposed on Lorenzo Colombo at Circuit Paul Ricard , Yifei Ye set off ahead of Christian Lundgaard, Max Fewtrell, Richard Verschoor (Josef Kaufmann Racing) and Alexander Smolyar (Tech 1 Racing).




Starting grid   China awakens



When the lights went out, Yifei Ye made the most of starting from pole, while his pursuers Christian Lundgaard and Max Fewtrell made contact heading to turn one. While the Dane held on to second place, his partner in the Renault Sport Academy driver had to make a trip to the pits.



On lap three, the safety car made a brief appearance to allow for the removal of the car driven by Alexander Vartanyan (JD Motorsport). At the restart, Yifei Ye held on against Christian Lundgaard and Lorenzo Colombo. Further back, the SMP Racing protégé Alexander Smolyar overtook Richard Verschoor for fourth place.



With a one-second lead, Yifei Ye kept a cool head to take his maiden win in the Formula Renault Eurocup ahead of Christian Lundgaard and Lorenzo Colombo, who scored the first podium for his team since 2015.



Alexander Smolyar finished just off the podium ahead of Alex Peroni (MP Motorsport), who started ninth. Sixth place went to Renault Sport Academy member Victor Martins (R-ace GP), who held on ahead of Charles Milesi (R-ace GP) and Richard Verschoor, who two laps from the chequered flag retired, which promoted Logan Sargeant (R-ace GP) to eight place.



Following a trip through the turn one gravel trap, Max Defourny (MP Motorsport) made the most of the action-packed race up and down the order to finish ninth ahead of Thomas Maxwell (JD Motorsport).


- Renault Sport also photos

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21.04.2018 / MaP

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