Formula Renault 3.5 Series - Silverstone: Fifth victory for Rowland
Oliver Rowland (Fortec Motorsports) scored his fifth victory of the year in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series today at Silverstone. He is the only driver who won at each round of the World Series by Renault in 2015 and he has extended his championship lead to 36 points ahead of Matthieu Vaxiviere (Lotus). Vaxiviere finished second in today’s race, in front of Pietro Fantin (International Draco Racing). Dean Stoneman (DAMS) was fourth overall and the best placed rookie.
Vaxiviere started from pole and was leading until pit stops, when Rowland overtook him. Behind the leading duo, Pietro Fantin was in a battle with Dean Stoneman and Nicholas Latifi at the end of the opening lap, on which Tio Ellinas and Tom Dillmann (Jagonya Ayam with Carlin) retired prematurely. On lap four, a mechanical problem ended the race for Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsports). Nyck de Vries (DAMS) and Bruno Bonifacio (International Draco Racing) came together two laps later.
The mandatory tyre changes brought a change to the order. Matthieu Vaxiviere stopped on lap seven, while Oliver Rowland was the last to make his stop on lap 10. The Englishman came back out ahead of the Frenchman, who poured on the pressure just until the safety car was called into service for the removal of Tom Dillmann’s car from the circuit. Oliver Rowland defended his advantage and took the win ahead of his championship rival.
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