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Mixed results for Hartley at Monaco


New Zealand's Brendon Hartley finished a disappointing 17th at the Monaco 3.5 World Series Renault race, but managed to achieve some fastest lap times

Hartley, the 19-year-old from Palmerston North, finished 17th in his Red Bull Dallara-Renault, but put together a string of fastest laps right at the end of the 25-lap race after two drive-through penalties.

After his second drive-through penalty for bouncing over the Monaco chicanes, Hartley turned in a fast and furious final stint. His last seven laps were all under 1m 27.3s; the fastest lap by the second fastest driver in the race was 1m 27.5s

Hartley finally stopped the clocks at 1m 26.609s (138.8kph) which was a faster lap time than race winner Oliver Turvey recorded for his pole position.

Hartley’s fastest race lap was nearly two seconds faster than the lap time he set in his own troubled qualification on Saturday, and nearly a second faster than any other driver in the 26-car field.

The Kiwi’s fastest lap is a Monaco record lap time for the World Series Renault single seaters on the current Michelin tyres. The ‘official’ World Series Renault lap record - a 1m 25.5s lap - was set in 2006 on a faster and softer Michelin control tyre.

Hartley started the race from the eighth row of the grid and improved from 15th to 12th on his first lap. He was up to tenth place when he was ordered in for his first drive-through penalty on lap 14.

Kiwi Chris van der Drift finished the 25 lap race in seventh place having started from ninth on the grid.


Pos         Driver                    Team                     Time

 1.           Oliver Turvey                     Carlin                     39m24.975s

 2.           Adrian Zaugg                      Interwetten       +   0.661s

 3.           James Walker                    P1                           +   3.595s

 4.           Miguel Molina                   Ultimate              +   8.288s

 5.           Bertrand Baguette          Draco                    +   9.337s

 6.           Jaime Alguersuari            Carlin                     +  10.039s

 7.           Chris van der Drift            Epsilon                  +  10.431s

 8.           Adrian Valles                      Epsilon                  +  11.123s

 9.           Charles Pic                          Tech 1                   +  11.462s

10.          Stefano Coletti                  Prema                   +  13.856s

11.          Sten Pentus                       Fortec                   +  21.570s

12.           John Martin                       Comtec                +  24.496s

13.          Greg Mansell                     Ultimate              +  24.948s

14.          Julian Leal                           Prema                   +  29.017s

15.          Fairuz Fauzy                       Fortec                   +  33.215s

16.          Marco Barba                      Draco                    +  37.923s

17.          Brendon Hartley               Tech 1                   +  43.753s

18.          Federico Leo                      Pons                      +  58.671s

19.          Max Chilton                        Comtec                +  1m15.452s

20.          Anton Nebylitskiy            SG                          +  1m20.321s

21.          Filip Salaquarda                 RC                           +    1 lap

R             Jules Bianchi                       SG                          16 laps

R             Pasquale di Sabatino      RC                           11 laps

R             Marcos Martinez              Pons                      7 laps

R             Daniil Move                        P1                           0 laps

R             Mihai Marinescu              Interwetten        0 laps

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