Alex Albon (GBR-Epic) finished a good 10th, the only Red Bull to make it to the flag, Daniil Kvyat (RUS-Koiranen) only made it to the second lap before ending up in the guard rails. Stefan Wackerbauer (GER-Koiranen) fell victim to a collision and also retired. The incident strewn race where only 12 of the 27 starters completed the distance, was won by Paul-Loup Chatin of France.
The young drivers of the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps series started their second race in Pau on Sunday morning. Following the unsuccessful qualifying the 3 Red Bull Juniors again had to start from mid grid: Wackerbauer from 9th, Kvyat from 12th and Albon from 15th, Chatin sat on pole.
After the start the positions remained unchanged, Chatin ahead of Nato and Vaxiviere, 3 Frenchmen leading their home race. Early on the Red Bulls were running in 9th (Wackerbauer), 10th (Kvyat) and 16th (Albon).
For Russia’s Daniil Kvyat the 2nd race in Pau was over on lap 3, in the guard rail unfortunately. The leader in the overall classification continued to struggle in the streets of Pau. A few laps later the working day of Stefan Wackerbauer was over as well.
The young Bavarian, yesterday’s “man of the race” thanks to six overtaking manoeuvres, collided while trying to overtake Mavlanov. Wackerbauer: “It’s heartbreaking, I wanted to get past Mavlanov, he just closed the door on me, and I had no chance. I left him enough room, wishing to prevent a collision at all costs, unfortunately to no avail.”
Albon was hence the last Red Bull in the field. The 15-year-old Englishman fought in midfield to stay in touch with the top 10, improving to 12th.
Up at the front a thrilling duel played out between the two Frenchmen Chatin and Nato, yesterday’s winner.
In the end Chatin was able to prevail by a narrow margin and win the 2nd race in Pau, ahead of Nato and Vaxiviere.
Albon made it to the finish for the first time this season, his first year out of karts, and thanks to McKee and Mavlanov putting themselves out on the last lap he was also into the top 10 for the first time.
Albon: “Finally a minor sense of achievement for me. I tried to stay out of trouble today. It wasn’t easy – but eventually I was rewarded with my first top ten finish. But the learning goes on...!”
Kvyat: “That certainly was a weekend to forget, it already started in free practice and then continued all the way to the end. Cross it off, learn from it, do it better...!”