Silverstone FR3.5: Oliver Rowland defeats Mattieu Vaxiviere to win

Oliver Rowland emerged on top from an almighty scrap with title rival Matthieu Vaxiviere to claim his fifth Formula Renault 3.5 victory of the season at Silverstone

Silverstone FR3.5: Oliver Rowland defeats Mattieu Vaxiviere to win

Pole-sitter Vaxiviere was arguably the fastest man of the day, and led until making his mandatory pitstop on lap six.

He was forced to contend with negotiating Nyck de Vries' damaged DAMS car, being retired, in the preceding pit box as he came in to make his stop.

Three laps later, Rowland's Fortec crew assisted in gifting the Racing Steps-backed driver the fastest total pitstop time of the day, 25.5s, almost a second quicker than the next best achieved by Roy Nissany and Tech 1.

Rowland returned to the track with a slender lead over Vaxiviere, but the Lotus racer swiftly closed onto the Fortec machine's gearbox.

The intervention of the safety car on lap 11, when a crane was called-on to remove Tom Dillmann's Carlin machine from a dangerous position, interrupted Vaxiviere's attack but also disrupted Rowland's rhythm.

Rowland's victory was most seriously threatened four laps later after he suffered a lurid slide exiting Club.

Vaxiviere darted around in the leader's mirrors, but at the next fast right-hander at Abbey the black and gold car was unable to find a way by.

Pietro Fantin achieved his first FR3.5 podium since Moscow Raceway in 2014 for a resurgent Draco team.

Red Bull junior racer Dean Stoneman chased the Brazilian spiritedly but had to settle for fourth.

Nicholas Latifi had a relatively solitary run to fifth, ahead of Arden stable-mate Egor Orudzhev who emerged from fierce scrap with Nick Yelloly and Gustav Malja in sixth.

Stoneman's DAMS team-mate de Vries was in the wars at Silverstone on Sunday. The McLaren protégé was involved in contact with Saturday winner Tio Ellinas at Turn 1 away from the lights, which sent the Cypriot spinning.

A further moment on the opening lap, when de Vries was squeezed onto the Hangar Straight's grass, was a prelude to a race-ending collision with the second Draco car of Bruno Bonifacio at The Loop.

Ellinas valiantly worked his way up from last on lap one to a points-paying position in the top ten, but he was punted off the road at the last corner, Luffield, on the last lap by Aurelien Panis.


Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Oliver Rowland Fortec Motorsports 24 43m24.786s
2 Matthieu Vaxiviere Lotus 24 1.204s
3 Pietro Fantin International Draco Racing 24 3.384s
4 Dean Stoneman DAMS 24 4.056s
5 Nicholas Latifi Arden Motorsport 24 10.255s
6 Egor Orudzhev Arden Motorsport 24 14.166s
7 Nick Yelloly Lotus 24 15.776s
8 Gustav Malja Strakka Racing 24 22.536s
9 Aurelien Panis Tech 1 Racing 24 31.772s
10 Sean Gelael Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 24 31.938s
11 Tio Ellinas Strakka Racing 24 34.014s
12 Alfonso Celis AVF 24 34.619s
13 Beitske Visser AVF 24 39.690s
14 Roy Nissany Tech 1 Racing 24 40.105s
15 Will Bratt Pons Racing 24 40.404s
16 Philo Paz Armand Pons Racing 24 50.302s
- Tom Dillmann Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 8 Retirement
- Nyck de Vries DAMS 6 Retirement
- Bruno Bonifacio International Draco Racing 5 Retirement
- Jazeman Jaafar Fortec Motorsports 3 Retirement


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