FR 3.5 Series: Jazeman Jaafar wins chaotic Monaco race

Malaysian driver Jazeman Jaafar (Fortec Motorsport) takes his maiden victory in Formula Renault 3.5 Series today in Monaco. Jaafar started from pole-position and controlled the race until the end. Jaafar not only bagged the win but also takes the lead in championship standings.

 

Dean Stoneman (DAMS) and Tom Dillmann (Jagonya Ayam) joined Jaafar at the podium. Egor Orudzhev (Arden Motorsport) and Pietro Fantin (Draco Racing) complete the Top 5.

 

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Race was red flagged early after beginning, because of few accidents in opening laps. First was happened at Sainte Devote, where two leading cars of Jaafar and Oliver Rowland collided. Rowland was squeezed and forced to slow down. After that Briton was hit from behind by Matthieu Vaxiviere, who sustained front-end damage.

 

Vaxiviere was hit up by Nyck de Vries, who was bumped by the Strakka cars of Tio Ellinas and Gustav Malja. Rowland was able to continue, but was forced to pit and fell down the order.

 

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Both AVF drivers were also victim of Sainte Devote pile-up: Alfonso Celis was forced down the escape road and Beitske Visser spun. Celis rejoined but at the same lap he lost control at the Swimming Pool, crashing backwards into the barriers.

 

Finally,  red flags were flown after Meindert van Buuren ran into the back of Bruno Bonifacio‘s car at Sainte Devote. Two cars were locked together and hit the barriers. Bonifacio received medical attention but luckily he didn’t hurt seriously.

The race restart on lap six and there was no incidents any more.

 

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