Moreau takes first win in race two

Guillaume Moreau has taken his maiden World Series by Renault victory in race two at Magny-Cours. The man from Limoges converted pole position into an unassailable lead in front of his home crowd

Moreau takes first win in race two

A French one-two was denied when Julien Jousse ran wide at the Estoril corner with three laps remaining. Miguel Molina took advantage to pass Jousse under braking for the Adelaide Hairpin, the Spaniard's second place being his best result to date.

Alvaro Parente finished fourth to extend his lead in the drivers' championship to eleven points, and move his Tech 1 outfit ahead of Carlin Motorsport in the teams' standings.

By the start the circuit had dried out completely after light rain fall in the morning. Moreau led fellow front row starter Jousse into the first turn with Pons Racing's pairing of Molina and Carlos Iaconelli occupying third and fourth positions.

Approaching the apex of the Adelaide Hairpin on the opening lap, seventh place Pavlovic found himself three abreast with race one winner Ben Hanley and Clivio Piccione.

Pavlovic rotated as a result of contact, and the Serbian was later forced to abandon his afternoon's work as a result of the damage. Hanley also suffered, given a 25 second penalty for his part in the incident, dropping from seventh to 14th in the results.

At the front, Moreau began to produce several fastest race laps to eke out a slender lead over Jousse. The advantage was negated when Luiz Razia spun and stalled in avoidance of fellow Argentinean Esteban Guerrieri at Adelaide on lap three, requiring the presence of the safety car.

Racing resumed on lap four and Moreau swiftly returned to his rhythm. Jousse's stern defence of second allowed a four car train to form in his mirrors.

Having already disposed of Giedo van der Garde for fifth, Parente set his sights on Iaconelli. On lap seven, Jousse moved to the inside line at Adelaide to defend from the overlapping Molina, and the chasing Iaconelli was momentarily wrong-footed. Parente seized his chance and pulled off an opportunistic passing move around the outside of the Brazilian.

It was to be the final passing manoeuvre among the top eight until Jousse's costly mistake in the closing stages. The Tech 1 driver from the Var province was confronted with the lapped Salvador Duran exiting the pit lane in front of him on lap 23.

Although Duran was not directly involved, the car served as a distraction to Jousse, who ran well off-line around the long, right-hand, Estoril corner. Poor exit speed allowed Molina to gain momentum on Jousse along the back-straight, and complete the move at Adelaide.

Had the mistake come earlier Molina may have made Moreau sweat more for his spoils, but the Frenchman's six-and-half second lead was sufficient to allow a comfortable run to the flag.

"Yesterday, I had a puncture at the end and I thought I had finished 13th," said Moreau. "I thought I was unlucky, but then the steward made a mistake stopping the race a lap early, so I became tenth (and consequently took pole for race two).

"There is always more pressure starting from pole, but my engineers helped make my car perfect. This is a great moment for me in front of all my family and sponsors."

"The race was very difficult," said Molina. "Julien was faster than me in the third sector which made it difficult to overtake, even though I was quicker around the rest of the lap. It was hard when you are fighting two French drivers with all of the French support here."

Classified: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Guillaume Moreau KTR 41:04.975 2. Miguel Molina Pons Racing + 6.482 3. Julien Jousse Tech 1 Racing + 7.831 4. Alvaro Parente Tech 1 Racing + 8.190 5. Carlos Iaconelli Pons Racing + 9.564 6. G.van der Garde Victory Engineering + 11.511 7. Clivio Piccione RC Motorsport + 12.970 8. Davide Valsecchi Epsilon Euskadi + 14.811 9. Alejandro Nunez Red Devil Team Comtec + 17.511 10. Mikhail Aleshin Carlin Motorsport + 22.659 11. Alvaro Barba International Draco + 25.107 12. P.Di Sabatino GD Racing + 28.937 13. B.Baguette KTR + 32.772 14. Benjamin Hanley Prema Powerteam + 37.363 15. M.Ammermuller Carlin Motorsport + 40.890 16. A.Ciompi EuroInternational + 50.110 17. Charlie Kimball Victory Engineering + 50.279 18. James Walker Fortec Motorsport + 51.169 19. Daniel Move +1:00.323 20. Luiz Razia GD Racing +1:00.470 21. E.Guerrieri Fortec Motorsport +1:22.712 22. Salvador Duran + 1 lap 23. Julian Theobald EuroInternational + 1 lap 24. Marco Bonanomi RC Motorsport + 2 laps 25. F.Albuquerque Epsilon Euskadi + 2 laps Not classified: Driver Team Laps Fairuz Fauzy Cram Competition 20 Michael Herck Red Devil Team Comtec 19 Pippa Mann Cram Competition 9 Xavier Maassen Prema Powerteam 7 Milos Pavlovic International Draco 3 

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