Christian Montanari dominated the maiden World Series by Renault race at Monaco
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:
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
Markus Winkelhock Draco
Felix Porteiro Epsilon
Mehdi Bennani Avelon
Milos Pavlovic GD Racing
Alex Lloyd DAMS
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