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DATE News (chronologically)
05/06/12
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Frijns dominates Aragon Formula Renault 3.5 race two UPDATE Added podium photo below.

Sam Bird (2nd), Robin Frijns (winner) and Arthur Pic (3rd) (Arthur is the younger brother of Charles (Marussia F1))
05/06/12 Robin Frijns (Fortec Motorsports) confirmed Motorland Aragon’s reputation as a happy hunting ground for rookies by winning Sunday’s race ahead of Sam Bird (ISR) and Arthur Pic (Dams). The 2011 Eurocup Formula Renault champion will also go into the next round at the Formula One meeting at Monaco atop the overall standings, having overtaken Saturday’s winner Nick Yelloly.

Pic began the day in fine fettle, taking his second pole in two days ahead of Marco Sorensen (Lotus). Occupying row two were Frijns and Bird, ahead of a race in which drivers were required to make a compulsory tire-change stop between laps five and 15.

Sorensen got his timing just right at the lights to take the lead from Bird, Pic and Frijns. Less fortunate were Walter Grubmüller (P1 Motorsport), Nico Müller (International Draco Racing), Kevin Magnussen (Carlin), Jake Rosenzweig (ISR), Lucas Foresti (Dams), Lewis Williamson (Arden Caterham) and Nick Yelloly (Comtec Racing) who all crashed at the first turn. While Grubmüller and Yelloly rejoined the race, the rest had to retire.

After his slow start, things went from bad to worse for Pic when Frijns and Korjus both passed to leave him fifth and battling to fend off Richie Stanaway (Lotus).

Robin Frijns
There was little to choose between the top seven, with Sorensen setting a fierce pace out front to hold off Bird and Frijns with apparent ease. The third-placed Dutchman made a move on lap six, nipping past Bird and into second, while Korjus and Pic were locked in a thrilling fight of their own for fourth, with the Frenchman being the first of the leaders to make a stop in the hope of clawing his way back into the top three.

His bid was helped when race leader Sorensen suddenly encountered mechanical problems, the Dane crawling into the pits before retiring. That left Frijns the leader after the compulsory stops, ahead of Bird, Korjus, Alexander Rossi (Arden Caterham) and Pic, who was rewarded for his persistence ten minutes from the end, ghosting past Rossi and then the Estonian to move into third.

There was no stopping Frijns, however, the Dutchman taking victory in only his second race in the event, just as Korjus, the man who preceded him as Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 champion, had done last season. The 25 points also took Frijns past Yelloly at the top of the championship standings.

What they said

Robin Frijns: “I moved up from 12th to fourth in Race 1, and so I had pretty high hopes when I qualified third today. I made a bad start, though, and there was a lot going on in the first few laps. Marco Sorensen had a problem and I made the most of it, though I’m not thinking about the championship. It’s great to win but I’m still learning the ropes here.”

Sam Bird: “I think we were all a bit tense at the start. After a couple of laps I started to have problems with the car’s handling but I managed to hold on to my position all the same. I’m already thinking about Monaco. I got a pole there in last season’s GP2 Series there and I’ve got high hopes for that race.”

Arthur Pic: “Two pole positions is good. Two bad starts is not so good. I managed to find some really good pace in the second part of the race. My tires were just right, while the others seemed to have a few problems with theirs.”

Results

POS NUM DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIME/GAP
1 4 Robin FRIJNS FORTEC MOTORSPORTS 27 46:38.013
2 5 Sam BIRD ISR 27 +9.908
3 28 Arthur PIC DAMS 27 +10.898
4 7 Kevin KORJUS TECH 1 RACING 27 +15.787
5 25 Alexander ROSSI ARDEN CATERHAM 27 +21.180
6 11 Richie STANAWAY LOTUS 27 +23.843
7 10 Daniil MOVE P1 MOTORSPORT 27 +33.602
8 2 Will STEVENS CARLIN 27 +39.995
9 15 Giovanni VENTURINI BVM TARGET 27 +46.079
10 22 Andre NEGRAO INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING 27 +46.623
11 17 Mikhail ALESHIN TEAM RFR 27 +47.346
12 3 Carlos HUERTAS FORTEC MOTORSPORTS 27 +47.869
13 8 Jules BIANCHI TECH 1 RACING 27 +51.700
14 18 Anton NEBYLITSKIY TEAM RFR 27 +55.574
15 16 Nicolay MARTSENKO BVM TARGET 27 +56.528
16 20 Zoel AMBERG PONS RACING 27 +1:02.589
17 23 Vittorio GHIRELLI COMTEC RACING 27 +1:20.057
18 24 Nick YELLOLY COMTEC RACING 27 +1:39.983
NC 9 Walter GRUBMULLER P1 MOTORSPORT 13 -
NC 12 Marco SORENSEN LOTUS 10 -
NC 19 Yann CUNHA PONS RACING 9 -
NC 26 Lewis WILLIAMSON ARDEN CATERHAM 1 -
NC 1 Kevin MAGNUSSEN CARLIN 0 -
NC 6 Jake ROSENZWEIG ISR 0 -
NC 21 Nico MULLER INTERNATIONAL DRACO RACING 0 -
NC 27 Lucas FORESTI DAMS 0 -
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