It was a brilliant and emotional home victory for Daniil Kvyat (RUS - Koiranen Motorsport) in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Race 7 at the new Moscow Raceway on Saturday.
It was the 18 year old's 4th win in the series and the race also featured a good drive from fellow Red Bull Junior Stefan Wackerbauer (GER - Koiranen Motorsport) who finished 4th. Completely out of luck was 16 year old Alexander Albon (THA - Epic Racing) who had his car wrecked when hit from the side soon after the start.
After two free practice sessions and qualifying the drivers had all settled into the new circuit and 16 year old Wackerbauer summed things up. "It's a very nice, flowing circuit with a very long straight. The kerbs are rather flat and require getting used to, and the fast sequences of corners are a lot of fun. Naturally things still were very slippery without rubber on the track early on, but that got better with each and every lap."
The first qualifying session reflected the championship classification. Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL - Josef Kaufmann Racing), championship leader and a two-time winner this season, went fastest in his group and claimed pole. Kvyat (RUS), running 2nd in the points was the fastest driver of the slower group and therefore started from 2nd spot on the front row.
Following his best qualifying so far Stefan Wackerbauer lined up 4th. Alex Albon, however, had setup problems, lost precious time in the pits because of it and was unable to set a useful timed lap. 26th place was, of course, more than disappointing.
When the lights went out Kvyat moved past Vandoorne and raced to his 4th win of the season, thus cutting his points lead by 7. Vandoorne now stands on 128 with Kvyat on 122. A similar result in Race 2 on Sunday will see Kvyat leave home back in the championship lead. “What a great race! I got a perfect start, from there on we were battling with Vandoorne and I managed to keep him behind. Amazing feeling to win my home race. Thanks to Koiranen Motors for a great job!"
Red Bull Junior Stefan Wackerbauer was also naturally pleased about his 1st race in Russia even though he lost a place early and had to be satisfied with 4th his best Eurocup result. "I had a really good start, up to P3 but got stuck in turn 2 and lost one position. It was impossible to overtake and I didn’t want to take any risks, but I am quite happy!"
Thailand's Alex Albon once more got the rough end of contact with another driver and was out of the race through no fault of his own. "I was was up to 21st from 24th and then got hit side on from another driver who was about 4 positions behind me. He locked up and smashed the side of the car destroying the chassis. We are now looking for a spare car another team has so we can race tomorrow!”
Schedule for Sunday July 15th
13.25 CET Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Race 2