Barcelona FR3.5: Kevin Magnussen signs off with dominant win

Kevin Magnussen completed his title-winning Formula Renault 3.5 season with a dominant victory in the finale at Barcelona

Barcelona FR3.5: Kevin Magnussen signs off with dominant win

The Dane, who sealed the title with a win in race one, withstood pressure from fellow McLaren junior and championship runner-up Stoffel Vandoorne in the first stint of the race, after the latter had pulled a spectacular pass on Arthur Pic at Turn 1 to re-take second.

But Magnussen was biding his time, and after the mandatory pitstops he unleashed his pace to build up a dominant lead.

Once that gap was up to nearly 12 seconds the champion backed off, while Vandoorne had to focus on keeping race one runner-up Will Stevens behind for second.

Stevens had jumped from fifth to third during the stops, but after hassling Vandoorne for a few laps he eventually settled into a safe podium finish.

Pic, who had been a factor in the lead fight after a fast start, lost time during his pitstop and then retired two corners later with an apparent loose right rear wheel.

That left Nico Muller, who had also been on the tail of the lead fight before Magnussen's pace strung the field out, to take fourth ahead of a closely contested fight for fifth.

That battle was headed by Magnussen's DAMS team-mate Norman Nato, as he managed to keep Carlos Sainz Jr and Marco Sorensen at bay.

Sorensen was one of the big movers in the field, using the strategy of making a late pitstop to allow him to run in clean air as he climbed from a lowly starting position of 16th.

Results - 29 laps:

Pos Driver                  Car               Time/Gap
 1. Kevin Magnussen         DAMS            45m52.547s
 2. Stoffel Vandoorne       Fortec             +8.962s 
 3. Will Stevens            P1/Strakka        +12.097s
 4. Nico Muller             Draco             +20.437s
 5. Norman Nato             DAMS              +22.274s
 6. Carlos Sainz Jr         Zeta              +23.171s
 7. Marco Sorensen          Lotus             +23.515s
 8. Nigel Melker            Tech 1            +31.579s
 9. Marlon Stockinger       Lotus             +32.027s
10. Oliver Webb             Fortec            +32.649s
11. Christopher Zanella     ISR               +35.790s
12. Zoel Amberg             Pons              +36.323s
13. Antonio Felix da Costa  Arden Caterham    +36.931s
14. Mikhail Aleshin         Tech 1            +50.512s
15. Lucas Foresti           SMP/Comtec        +51.006s
16. Matias Laine            P1/Strakka        +52.293s
17. Nikolay Martsenko       Pons              +52.785s
18. Carlos Huertas          Carlin          +1m01.264s
19. Yann Cunha              AV              +1m32.855s
20. Pietro Fantin           Arden Caterham      -1 lap   
    
    Retirements:
    
    William Buller          Zeta               20 laps
    Andre Negrao            Draco              17 laps
    Arthur Pic              AV                 12 laps
    Daniil Move             SMP/Comtec         12 laps
    Sergey Sirotkin         ISR                 3 laps
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