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Aragon FR3.5 - Sainz Jr takes second career victory

Carlos Sainz Jr and DAMS extended their championship lead by securing a race one victory in Motorland, Aragon
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Carlos Sainz Jr extended his championship lead by securing his second career Formula Renault 3.5 win in Motorland, Aragon.

Despite pressure from a fast-starting Nikolay Martsenko, the Red Bull junior converted his pole position into a confident home victory. Martsenko, who is now contesting his third FR3.5 championship, secured his maiden podium finish in the sole Comtec Racing model to finish second.

Oliver Rowland dropped from his second place grid slot to fourth but showed great determination to overtake the AV Formula of Zoel Amberg for his maiden podium. The Fortec Motorsports driver steps up from Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup for his rookie season this year.

A podium finisher in Monza, Marlon Stockinger chased down the Fortec but settled for fourth in the Lotus, just one tenth-of-a-second behind.

Roberto Merhi dropped two places at the start and the Spaniard maintained this sixth position throughout the 40 minute and 1 lap race. Meanwhile, Matthieu Vaxiviere, Sergey Sirotkin, Pierre Gasly and Pietro Fantin completed a familiar top ten.

Norman Nato struggled to show the same pace as his championship leading team mate in the second DAMS model, the Frenchman finished outside the points in eleventh.

Strakka Racing's Will Stevens and Matias Laine also endured a race to forget finishing down in twelfth and nineteenth respectively despite their promising early pace in Friday practice. Will Buller and Oliver Webb were early retirements with both drivers completing just one lap in race one.

Sainz Jr's success, and additional twenty-five points haul, pushes DAMS to the top of the team championship, closely followed by Fortec Motorsports. The drivers return to the track Sunday morning for the second qualifying session the weekend.
by Katie Grimmett

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Nyck de Vries - DAMS [credit: DAMS]
Nyck de Vries - DAMS [credit: Renault Sport]
Oliver Rowland - Fortec Motorsports [credit: Renault Sport]
Oliver Rowland - Fortec Motorsports [credit: Renault Sport]
Alfonso Celis Jr - AVF [credit: Renault Sport]
Philo Paz Armand - Pons Racing [credit: Renault Sport]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Matthieu Vaxiviere - Lotus [credit: Renault Sport Media]
Dean Stoneman [GBR] DAMS, FR3.5 [Credit: FR3.5 PR]
Bruno Bonifacio, Draco Racing [credit: Formula Renault]
Photo Credit: Strakka Racing Formula Renault 3.5 team
Photo: Jorge Cunha / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Photo: Photo Grégory Lenormand / DPPI / Renault Sport Media
Photo: Gregory Lenormand / DPPI

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