Montanari Takes Monaco Win

Christian Montanari dominated the maiden World Series by Renault race at Monaco

Montanari Takes Monaco Win

Montanari led the race from start to finish to finish ahead of Jaap Van Lagen and Adrian Valles.

The Draco driver's lead only looked under threat when the safety car was brought out to recover two cars. Giovanni Tedeschi had spun at Casino Square and Medhi Bennani has a similar incident at the Swimming Pool chicane.

However Montanari then pulled away, meaning Lagen and Valles could not improve on their starting positions.

Montanari said that despite the safety car, the race went smoothly. "It was hard to maintain the tempo from a physical point of view. I was a little bit apprehensive when the Safety Car was brought out, but I was able to handle the situation."

Jaap Van Lagen said he was unable to live with Montanari's pace. Lagen said: "I got off to a very good start but I couldn't get past Christian. After the Safety Car was brought out, I had a problem with first and second gear. It is very difficult to overtake here, because the cars take up so much of the track."

Former McLaren Autosport award winner Alex Lloyd hit the barrier on the penultimate corner on the last lap. He lost 13th place.

World Series by Renault Result:

CLASSIFIED:

Pos  Driver               Team                    Time
 1.  Christian Montanari  Draco Multiracing USA   38:32.231
 2.  Jaap Van Lagen       KTR                     +   2.537
 3.  Adrian Valles        Pons Racing             +   2.898
 4.  Tristan Gommendy     KTR                     +   4.000
 5.  Robert Kubica        Epsilon Euskadi         +   4.948
 6.  Enrico Toccacelo     Victory Engineering     +   6.346
 7.  Damien Pasini        Cram Competition        +   6.631
 8.  Daniel La Rosa       Interwetten.com         +   6.694
 9.  Ryo Fukuda           DHG Saulnier Racing     +   7.611
10.  Simon Pagenaud       DHG Saulnier Racing     +   8.232
11.  Celso Miguez         Pons Racing             +   9.997
12.  Will Power           Carlin Motorsport       +  11.227
13.  Patrick Pilet        Jenzer Motorsport       +  21.088
14.  Eric Salignon        Cram Competition        +  22.528
15.  Giorgio Mondini      Eurointernational       +  22.769
16.  Sven Barth           Interwetten.com         +  25.046
17.  Ivan Bellarosa       Avelon Formula          +  27.502
18.  Tomas Kostka         Victory Engineering     +  27.716

NOT CLASSIFIED:

     Driver               Team
     Markus Winkelhock    Draco
     Felix Porteiro       Epsilon            
     Mehdi Bennani        Avelon
     Milos Pavlovic       GD Racing
     Alex Lloyd           DAMS
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