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Three weeks after the Formula Renault 3.5 Series season got under way at Monza, Motorland Aragon hosted the first of the year’s World Series by Renault meetings, which saw the FR 3.5 Series back in action and also featured the opening races in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup Megane Trophy. We look back on the highlights of the WSR season curtain-raiser.

Kevin Magnussen takes control
Second in both Formula Renault 3.5 Series races at Monza, Kevin Magnussen (DAMS) eased to victory in race one at Motorland Aragon to take to the top of the championship standings. Despite struggling in Sunday’s qualifying session, the Dane ended race two still ahead overall, with Stoffel Vandoorne (Fortec Motorsports) four points behind him in second, and Arthur Pic (AV Formula) and Antonio Felix da Costa (Arden Caterham) 28 and 32 points back respectively.

Grand slam for Matthieu Vaxiviere
After a tough first season in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, Matthieu Vaxiviere proved he was right to continue believing in himself. With the support of his team, Tech 1 Racing, the Frenchman had a perfect weekend in Spain, kicking off the new Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 campaign with two pole positions, two race wins and two fastest laps, installing himself as the early title favourite.

Mirko Bortolotti does the double
Boasting a career record that suggested he would be one to watch at the start of the Eurocup Megane Trophy season, young Italian driver Mirko Bortolotti (Oregon Team) did not disappoint on his debut in the discipline, storming to two wins in Spain. Runner-up on both occasions, team-mate Kevin Gilardoni also showed he has what it takes to be a winner.

Daniel Ricciardo returns to WSR
A former competitor in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and then the Formula Renault 3.5 Series before making the switch straight from WSR to Formula One in 2011, Daniel Ricciardo made his return to Motorland Aragon with the Infiniti Red Bull Racing F1 Show. Taking the F1 world championship-winning car out on to the track, the Australian put on a display for the 15,000 crowd to remember.

The Twizy Renault Sport F1 steps out
Unveiled two days earlier at the Twizy factory in Valladolid, Spain, the Twizy Renault Sport F1 made its first public appearance at the WSR meeting at Motorland Aragon. An all-electric model that can match the acceleration of the Megane Renaultsport, the Twizy Renault Sport F1 will be back on the track at Spa-Francorchamps on 1-2 June.

Official Renault Sport Press Release.

Posted: 06 May 2013
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