Vandoorne continues winning streak on Sunday
23 June 2013 – Stoffel Vandoorne followed Saturday’s pole position and race win with another clean sweep today at Moscow Raceway. The Belgian took victory in race two ahead of Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens, a result that sends him above Magnussen to the top of the championship.
On Sunday morning, under menacing skies, Stoffel Vandoorne claimed pole position with a time of 1.20.025. The Belgian gave a similar performance to the one he produced yesterday, and qualified ahead of Will Stevens and Kevin Magnussen at the end of a session that was twice interrupted by the reg flag.
Vandoorne protected his lead at the start of the race, while Kevin Magnussen passed Will Stevens into second. It was a frenetic opening few laps, with action and incident throughout the field. Antonio Félix da Costa had to stop for a replacement nose section, while Brazil’s Yann Cunha was forced to retire after contact with Mihai Marinescu.
Nikolay Martsenko and Mikhail Aleshin were first to make their mandatory pitstops. Vandoorne, meanwhile, stretched his lead over Kevin Magnussen by the lap. Magnussen made his stop on lap 14, one before his Belgian rival. The front pair’s positions remained unchanged, but the pack behind them continued to shuffle apace, with several drivers using DRS to overtake.
It was Vandoorne, eventually, who took the chequered flag, crossing the line ten seconds ahead of Magnussen and Stevens. Nico Müller finished fourth, followed by Aleshin, the best-placed Russian driver. André Negrão, Oliver Webb, Pietro Fantin, Daniil Move (participating in his 100th Formula Renault 3.5 race) and Norman Nato also finished in the points after an eventful final lap.