24 May Jaafar claims maiden win in Monaco
Jazeman Jaafar dominated the Formula Renault 3.5 race in Monaco, making it his maiden win in Monaco. Oliver Rowland had an incredible drive, battling back up through the grid to sixth place after a first lap pit stop.
Having finished on the podium on his last two visits to Monaco, Jaafar took the top step as he claimed his maiden victory. He held Stoneman at bay throughout a race interrupted by a red flag, and extended his lead to 3.2s at the chequered flag.
On his way to victory he was out-dragged by Rowland by a half car length, but managed to squeeze him out wide to defend his lead into Sainte Devote. As Rowland slowed to regain the line behind Jaafar, he was hit from behind by Vaxiviere.
The accident left Rowland with a puncture causing a brief visit to the pits which relegated him to twelfth position. His grit and precision saw him battle his way through the pack, flying up through the grid to claim an impressive sixth place.
The red flag was brought out following contact between van Buuren and Bonifacio while Bonifacio recieved medical attention and the wreckage was removed. As soon as the field were released from the safety car on lap six, Jaafar charged ahead to reassert his lead.
After the race, an excited Jaafar commented, “I have always wanted to win at Monaco, so I am really pleased with the result. The team have a done fantastic job and I’m really looking forward to the next race.”