Palmer clinches first For­mula Re­nault Eu­rocup win with vic­tory in Es­to­ril opener

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Mclaren Au­tosport BRDC Award win­ner Will Palmer clinched his first vic­tory in the For­mula Re­nault Eu­rocup last week­end in the open­ing race of the fi­nal round of the sea­son at Es­to­ril in Por­tu­gal.

Palmer, who dom­i­nated the BRDC F4 Cham­pi­onship last year be­fore win­ning the MABA prize, qual­i­fied se­cond for the open­ing en­counter be­hind cham­pion Lando Nor­ris and held sta­tion in the open­ing atages be­fore be­ing over­taken by R-ace GP team-mate Max De­fourny with five laps to go.

But on the fi­nal lap De­fourny clashed with Nor­ris at the first cor­ner, de­lay­ing the pair sig­nif­i­cantly and al­low­ing Palmer to cruise to a first win.

Palmer told MN: “It’s great to have taken a win this year. It was a bit of a wait to get there but it’s a great feel­ing.

“I wasn’t far be­hind the in­ci­dent and wasn’t sure what dam­age they had or whether they could carry on, so I just got through it as quickly as pos­si­ble to make sure I got by. After that it was quite easy be­cause I had such a big gap so I just brought the car home.”

Palmer fin­ished sev­enth in the Eu­rocup stand­ings after a non-score in the fi­nal race, and is now con­sid­er­ing op­tions to stay in For­mula Re­nault and the pos­si­bil­ity of rac­ing in GP3 for 2017.

Palmer fin­ished sev­enth in points

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