2020 Formula Regional European Championship – Hauger Steals Victory From Rasmussen

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The start in wet conditions meant that everyone was on wet weather tyres. From pole position Rasmussen was a little delayed getting off the line and Dennis Hauger did not hesitate to snatch the lead. Behind him, Chovet and Petecof settled into line astern, while an aggressive start from Arthur Leclerc saw the Monégasque spin and take out innocent bystander Jamie Chadwick. That earned Leclerc a 5-second penalty.

Up front, Hauger and Rasmussen were increasingly distant from Petecof, Chovet and Pasma and the gap was soon over 2 seconds. Once Rasmussen was less than a second behind Hauger he went on the attack, and made several attempts to pass, but without success.

Halfway through the race, Pierre-Louis Chovet retired due to technical problems with his car, while the fastest on the track was Patrik Pasma, who set a series of fast laps to catch Petecof and then passed him, taking advantage of his much faster pace to open up a gap over the Brazilian. The Finn managed, thanks to being the fastest man on the track, to catch up and then pass Oliver Rasmussen, who in the meantime had lost pace and dropped away from Dennis Hauger.

On the last lap Leclerc managed to pass Lappalainen, but due to the 5-second penalty, he remained sixth in the final standings.

Hauger won, ahead of Pasma, Rasmussen and Petecof, who increased his advantage over Leclerc in the drivers’ title fight. “I was able to join Oliver at the start and to pass. Then it wasn’t easy because he had more rhythm until halfway through the race when, I don’t know how, I managed to stretch up to the chequered flag. I’m very happy for myself and for the team,” commented the Norwegian driver.

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