Pic storms to Silverstone victory

Charles Pic took an unchallenged Formula Renault 3.5 victory at Silverstone today

Pic storms to Silverstone victory

Following a formidable pole position on Saturday, the Renault Development Driver put in a superlative display to build a 4.2-second winning margin. With little prospect of anyone troubling Pic, it was left to a home-grown scrap for second between James Walker and Oliver Turvey to provide interest.

Turvey was able to hound the P1 Motorsport car through the second part of the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, but lost ground to Walker through the fast, opening sequence of corners.

At the chequered flag, Turvey was just 0.3s adrift to repeat his Saturday result of third, while Walker's result moves him ahead of Bertrand Baguette into second position in the championship.

"The beginning of the season was very hard," said Pic, "but we continued to work and this result is great for me and the team. Our strategy was to be very fast in the beginning of the race, at the end the car was quite difficult to drive but I have to thank the team for giving me a car with so much performance."

Brendon Hartley made an excellent start to pass Walker around the outside at Copse, but the Kiwi's hopes of joining Tech 1 team-mate Pic on the podium ended with a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

Hungaroring winner Fairuz Fauzy put in another strong showing to take a comfortable fourth for Fortec, while Baguette withstood prolonged pressure from championship leader Martinez to hold fifth.

Martinez retains his series lead on 73 points, five ahead of Walker, with Baguette a further two points adrift in third.

 Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Charles Pic Tech 1 45m45.997s 2. James Walker P1 + 4.273s 3. Oliver Turvey Carlin + 4.559s 4. Fairuz Fauzy Fortec + 5.383s 5. Bertrand Baguette Draco + 21.606s 6. Marcos Martinez Pons + 23.338s 7. Sten Pentus Fortec + 23.707s 8. Daniil Move P1 + 32.558s 9. Jaime Alguersuari Carlin + 35.524s 10. Marco Barba Draco + 38.651s 11. Adrian Zaugg Interwetten + 44.107s 12. Guillaume Moreau SG + 44.595s 13. Brendon Hartley Tech 1 + 44.770s 14. Adrian Valles Epsilon Euskadi + 45.272s 15. Jon Lancaster Comtec + 52.826s 16. Julian Leal Prema + 56.950s 17. Filip Salaquarda Prema +1m04.383s 18. Michael Herck Interwetten +1m05.991s 19. Chris van der Drift Epsilon Euskadi +1m06.339s 20. John Martin Comtec + 1 lap 21. Federico Leo Pons + 1 lap 22. Greg Mansell Ultimate + 2 laps Retirements: Anton Nebylitskiy SG 16 laps Pasquale di Sabatino RC 13 laps Miguel Molina Ultimate 12 laps 
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