Alessandro Kouzkin scored his maiden International Formula Master victory in today's second race on the streets of Pau.
The 16-year-old Italian started fifth but profited from several incidents to join the battle for the lead early in the race. Team JVA's Jonathan Kennard failed to start the race, which moved Kouzkin up to fourth on the first lap.
Kouzkin benefited further when pole-sitter Dennis Retera came under threat for the lead. Frankie Provanzano tried to pass the Dutchman on the run up to Turn 2 on the second lap, but Retera squeezed him into the wall and damaged his car.
Harald Schlegelmilch was next to attempt a pass on Retera, but he had to abort a move up the inside into the hairpin and the loss of momentum allowed Kouzkin to take second on the exit.
It was then up to Kouzkin to challenge Retera himself, and his move came in the form of an optimistic lunge down the inside under braking for Turn 1. Kouzkin lost his car sideways as locked up the brakes, but instead of crashing he somehow gathered it all up in time to hold onto the lead through the corner.
From there on he cruised away into a four-second lead and a comfortable victory. Retera held onto second behind, while Pal Varhaug scored his second podium of the weekend in third.
Alexander Rossi finished fourth ahead of Earl Bamber and Marcello Puglisi, who both demoted race one victor Fabio Leimer to seventh place.
Pos Driver Team Time 1. AlessandroKouzkin Cram Competition 29m35.789s 2. Dennis Retera AR Motorsport + 4.304s 3. Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport + 6.410s 4. Alexander Rossi Hitech Junior Team + 8.042s 5. Earl Bamber ADM Motorsport + 8.634s 6. Marcello Puglisi ADM Motorsport + 11.993s 7. Fabio Leimer Jenzer Motorsport + 13.412s 8. Simon Trummer Iris Project + 19.532s 9. Sergei Afanasiev JD Motorsport + 19.949s 10. Duncan Tappy Team JVA + 22.730s 11. Kasper Andersen Hitech Junior Team + 23.703s 12. Kelvin Snoeks AR Motorsport + 24.637s 13. Josef Kral JD Motorsport + 38.931s Retirements: Vlado Arabadjiev JD Motorsport 20 laps Harald Schlegelmilch Cram Competition 19 laps Frankie Provenzano Trident Racing 3 laps Patrick Reiterer Iris Project 1 lap Jonathan Kennard Team JVA 1 lap