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Monza FR3.5 - Sainz Jr dominates to secure maiden victory

Carlos Sainz Jr, Marlon Stockinger and Sergey Sirotkin each secured their first FR3.5 podium finishes in Monza.
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Carlos Sainz Jr led from the front, converting his pole position to a maiden victory at the Formula Renault 3.5 season opener in Monza.

The Spaniard endured a tough start to his season after his DAMS model suffered a suspected gear box failure during yesterday's formation lap. Today, the Red Bull junior remained calm to take the twenty-five points in commanding style. Filipino racer, Marlon Stockinger retained his grid position to take the chequered flag in second place for his maiden FR3.5 podium, more than ten seconds behind the Spaniard.

Sergey Sirotkin jumped from sixth to third on the grid and maintained the pace to take his first career podium for Fortec Motorsports. The Russian fought off Luca Ghiotto who was the highest-placed rookie in fourth. Despite cheers from the crowd, the International Draco Racing driver just missed out on a podium finish.

Similarly, Pierre Gasly continued a strong d├ębut weekend for Arden Caterham, adding a fifth place finish to his race one podium. The Red Bull Junior's consistency secured him a strong points haul from the opening weekend as he begins his first FR3.5 title charge.

A fast-finishing Nikolay Marsenko, in the only Comtec Racing challenger, overtook Jazeman Jaafar in the latter stages to finish sixth. Jaafar dropped down the order at the start but would later regain his positions as he charged through the field in his ISR model. Seemingly unfazed by yesterday's dramatic crash, the Malyasian secured seventh overall. Pietro Fantin, finishing eighth, dropped three positions but was still able to claim his first points finish of the year

Oliver Rowland's car was stuck on track during the formation lap but his Fortec model rejoined the pack six minutes into the race. The Briton staged an impressive comeback to charge through the field, sneaking past Zoel Amberg to claim the last remaining point in tenth.

Meanwhile, Marco Sorensen's weekend went from bad to worse when the Dane's five place grid penalty, for causing a collision in race one, forced him to the back of the grid. The sole Tech 1 Racing model would later stop on track, completing a clean sheet of retirements for the former championship winning team. Race one victor, Will Stevens also retired from the race following a collision with William Buller at the first chicane.

Motorland, Aragon will play host to the second round when Formula Renault 3.5 returns in two weeks time with Sainz Jr, Stevens and rookie, Gasly topping the championship standings.
by Katie Grimmett

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