Rowland secures maiden FR3.5 win in Spain

Rowland secures maiden FR3.5 win in Spain

27 April 2014 – British driver Oliver Rowland claimed his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 victory after controlling proceedings in race two at Motorland Aragón in Spain.

Fortec driver Rowland ended DAMS's streak of pole positions in qualifying and eased away from the rest of the field as he registered his first win in the series.

Pierre Gasly finished as runner-up after a fierce battle for second behind the dominant Rowland.

Gasly made a move on Will Stevens after the mandatory pit stop window but ran wide at the first corner and ceded his position to Carlos Sainz Jr.

Sainz Jr tried to get through on Stevens but locked up under braking and had to take evasive action, allowing Gasly back into third. The French rookie consequently got through on Stevens on the final lap, leaving the Brit to narrowly fend off Sainz Jr.

Zoël Amberg stayed out longer than some of his rivals and secured fifth, ahead of Roberto Merhi and Marco Sørensen. A combative Matthieu Vaxivière was eighth, while Jazeman Jaafar and Norman Nato rounded out the top 10.

Italian driver Luca Ghiotto stalled at the start and was hit by Nikolay Martsenko, eliminating both drivers on the spot. The other collision occurred between Marlon Stöckinger and Will Buller when the Brit attempted to pass his rival around the outside of Turn Six.

Rowland's victory leaves him 13 points behind leader Sainz Jr in the championship, with the next round taking place at Monaco in four weeks' time.

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