BRDC British F3 alumni Billy Monger and Nicolai Kjaergaard claimed a 1-2 at the famous Pau Grand Prix yesterday, as both continued their successful adaptation to the EuroFormula Open category.
The duo, remaining with the Carlin team that they drove with in BRDC British F3 last year, secured their maiden overall podium finishes in the category, while Monger secured his maiden single seater win.
Monger qualified 11th and took the win on the world famous streets after opting for wet weather tyres at the end of the formation lap following a pre-race downpour, and then carved through the field up to the podium positions.
When Motopark team mates Julian Hanses and Liam Lawson collided, Monger was promoted to the lead, though a safety car was deployed to clear the crashed cars, leaving the British driver to fend off a late challenge from Kjaergaard.
Red Bull junior Yuki Tsunoda had been passed by Monger during his charge, and pitted for fresh wet tyres after the collision between his team mates, and used his fresh tyres to close on Monger and Kjaergaard in the final stages, but the Carlin duo were able to resist his challenge and claim a 1-2 finish.
Meanwhile, reigning British F3 champion Linus Lundqvist was also in action at Pau, and looked set to challenge for a podium but retired from the race after misjudging an overtaking move and nudged the barriers.
Monger commented: "I can't believe it. I mean, after qualifying 11th, we had so much more potential than that. I thought that was going to be our race, I thought we were going to be stuck in the midfield. We had the green flag, and I just knew it was too wet, and where I was starting I just made the gamble for wets on the warm-up lap before the start of the race, I had nothing to lose.
"From that point on just tried to pick them off one-by-one. I’ve got to thank the team, I’ve got to thank Carlin. I didn’t ever believe two years ago that this would be the case that I’d be winning races. I’m just over the moon."
The Pau GP has been run since the 1930s, and counts Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Jean Alesi and Lewis Hamilton as previous winners.
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