Jehan Daruvala of Sahara Force India Academy clinched his first victory in the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Series at Hungaroring in Hungary last weekend (June 18-19) and leads the championship after three rounds.
The Indian finished 13th in an action-filled opening race, but came back strongly to win race 2 after starting second on the grid, according to a press release from the driver’s management.
Daruvala had a good start in race 2 and was soon right on the tail of pole sitter – Lando Norris. The two started pulling away from the rest of the field and the race went in favour of Daruvala after Norris went off track and into the barriers on lap 4.
A brief safety car period ensued and Daruvala made a good start after the safety car pulled in. He was able to stay ahead of the pack and started building up a lead once again on the second place racer while also clocking the fastest lap of the race.
“After having everything seem to go against me in race 1, I am really happy with the way race 2 turned out,” Daruvala was quoted as saying in the release. “It was crucial for me to protect the lead at the restart and after that I was able to consistently lap quicker than everyone behind me.”
Daruvala now leads the championship by five points. He will next race in Monza on July 2 and 3 as part of the Formula Renault EuroCup Series.