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Pole, P2 and P3 for Fenestraz in Budapest - Ye takes first Rookie Victory on P5 - Leeds without points


Free practice: After dominating the Thursday collective test day, the Kaufmann Drivers were also on the pace during the official free practice sessions on Friday. Sacha Fenestraz was the fastest man on track every session with setting a new track record for Formula Renault in Budaopest. Both sessions he was P 1. Teammate Yifei Ye was also very fast, P 4 and P 3 in the sessions. Luis Leeds also was improving to finish on P 10 and P 11.

Qualifying: Saturday morning it was raining and Q1 was held under wet conditions. With all Kaufmann Drivers in the same Group A, Leeds finished a chaotic red flag interrupted session on P 10. Yifei Ye was on P 7. Sacha Fenestraz was fastest from the first lap onwards and took P 1 in the Group.

Grid for Race 1: Fenestraz P2 – Ye P14 – Leeds – P20.

Saturday at noon Q2 took place under sunny conditions. Luis Leeds had a difficult session as all his lap times were deleted due to the failure to respect the track limits. Yifei Ye showed his best performance of the year to finish P 3 and P 2 in the Group. Sacha Fenestraz was dominating the session and took twice P 1 and overall Pole Position with setting the fastest Qualifying lap overall.

Grid for Race 2: Fenestraz on Pole Position – Ye P5 – Leeds P29.

Grid for Race 3: Fenestraz P2 – Ye P4 – Leeds P29.

Race 1: Ye lost a few place at the start and Leeds moved up a few positions. In the second lap, Ye and Leeds collided in turn 2, and Leeds flipped over. Luckily the young Australian wasn´t hurt. Ye was penalized after the race with 25 seconds for causing that collision, what put him from P10 to P24. Fenestraz at the front was fighting for the lead but had to settle for P2 at the chequered flag.

Race 2: On Sunday morning Leeds didn´t start the race due to some medical check ups to be done after his crash from the day before. Ye had an average start and lost one position in lap 1. After that he set the fastest race lap but lost another position later on and finished on P7. Fenestraz starting from Pole Position had a poor start and lost 2 positions in the first corner. After that he was fighting to gain back the positions but had to settle for P3 in the end.

Race 3: Leeds starting from the back of the grid overtook a few competitors and finished on P26. Yifei Ye once again lost a few places during the start and dropped to P5 where he finished the race. Still he was the best Rookie, awarded with the Rookie win on the podium and his best season performance so far on P5. Sacha Fenestraz jumped the start and was give a 10-sec time penalty straight away. After that the young frenchman showed his full potential and won the race on track, to take the chequered flag on first position. After his 10-sec time penalty he was classified P8.