On May 24-26, the third round of the Formula Renault Eurocup took place in Monaco. SMP Racing junior driver Alexander Smolyar came second in the Saturday race and won the Sunday race.Under changeable weather conditions on Friday Smolyar took pole position in his qualifying group. This allowed him to start second in the Saturday race and first on Sunday. Pole position on the grid is of great importance for a successful performance as the Monaco track is famous for being narrow and tricky.
On Saturday, Alexander finished second in the race. On Sunday, the SMP Racing junior driver started from pole position and quickly built a gap from rivals. In the middle of the race, first a yellow flag and later a safety car appeared on the track. Alexander’s gap from the nearest pursuer was reduced to 0.8 seconds, but Smolyar kept the lead on restart and finished in first place.
Thanks to the podium and the victory in the two races of the weekend, Alexander Smolyar scored 86 points in the overall driver standings and now is on second position among 23 participants of the championship.
“After I won the qualifying round on Friday, I realized that I was one step closer to my dream - to win on one of the most famous tracks in the world, in Monaco,” SMP Racing junior driver Alexander Smolyar commented. “Today we have achieved great results and I am very happy about it. I want to thank the SMP Racing program for their support and trust, as well as my fans.”
“The victory in Monaco is very significant in the world of motorsport,” Petr Aleshin, the director of the youth SMP Racing program, added. “Excellent result! Great qualifying session and great results on this weekend. I congratulate the entire team of the SMP Racing program on this important event!"
The fourth round of the Formula Renault Eurocup will take place on May 31 - June 2 on the French Paul Ricard track.
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