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Monza FR3.5: Carlos Sainz Jr takes commanding win in second race

Carlos Sainz Jr wins Monza FR3.5 2014

Carlos Sainz Jr took a dominant maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory in the second race of the season at Monza.

The Spaniard, who missed out on starting from pole position in race one when an electrical fault developed before the warm-up lap, led from start to finish on Sunday.

Sainz made a clean getaway to leave fellow front row starter Marlon Stockinger behind at the off, and from there he set about building a lead that was more than 10 seconds by the chequered flag.

Stockinger spent the entire race keeping Sauber F1 reserve Sergey Sirotkin at bay after the Russian had picked his way through some slow starters.

Sirotkin was never quite close enough to mount an attack for second, and by the end of the race Stockinger had stretched out a small margin of safety to secure his second position.

Formula Renault 2.0 graduate Luca Ghiotto took a comfortable fourth ahead of Pierre Gasly, who survived a battle with Jazeman Jaafar to complete the top five.

Jaafar briefly got ahead of the Red Bull junior early on, but he had to concede the position as he had gained ground by cutting the second chicane when trying to pass Gasly.

After that the Malaysian was never quite able to mount another challenge, and in the closing stages he lost out to a charging Nikolay Martsenko for sixth place.

Further back, the points positions were completed by Oliver Rowland, who recovered to 10th place having started from the pitlane when his car failed to get away for the formation lap.

Race one winner Will Stevens, who struggled in qualifying, retired from race two after colliding with Will Buller while they battled over ninth place.

Results - 27 laps:                                 
Pos  Driver               Team             Time/Gap
 1.  Carlos Sainz Jr      DAMS           43m10.774s        
 2.  Marlon Stockinger    Lotus            +10.835s
 3.  Sergey Sirotkin      Fortec           +12.524s
 4.  Luca Ghiotto         Draco            +19.137s
 5.  Pierre Gasly         Arden            +20.178s
 6.  Jazeman Jaafar       ISR              +28.477s
 7.  Nikolay Martsenko    Comtec Racing    +30.014s
 8.  Pietro Fantin        Draco            +33.845s
 9.  Roberto Merhi        Zeta Corse       +36.393s
10.  Oliver Rowland       Fortec           +36.959s
11.  Norman Nato          DAMS             +41.465s
12.  Matias Laine         Strakka          +53.086s
13.  Zoel Amberg          AV Formula       +54.792s
14.  Oliver Webb          Zeta Corse       +59.383s
15.  Roman Mavlanov       Zeta Corse     +1m20.362s
16.  Matthieu Vaxiviere   Lotus          +1m22.067s
17.  Beitske Visser       AV Formula     +1m29.307s
     William Buller       Arden             16 laps
     Will Stevens         Strakka           10 laps
     Marco Sorensen       Tech 1             9 laps
     Meindert van Buuren  Pons Racing        7 laps
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