Avoiding any race incident on opening turbulent lap, the Italian has scored his first victory in the Euroformula Open ahead of Tereschenko (Campos Racing) and Sathienthirakul (Motul Team West-Tec). Baptista (RP Motorsport) and Kanamaru (Emilio de Villota Motorsport) out of race at Red Bull Ring
July 4th is a date of historical importance for the United States and, from now on, it will also hold special meaning for Leonardo Pulcini, the young gun of DAV Racing. Pulcini has achieved his maiden win in the Euroformula Open and, besides, it was his first triumph in single-seater racing ever. An important milestone for his career.
In the morning, Vitor Baptista (RP Motorsport) stormed to pole position by setting a lap time of 1:27.136, beating Diego Menchaca (Campos Racing) and Tanart Sathienthirakul (Motul Team West-Tec). At the start Baptista retained the lead ahead of Yu Kanamaru (Emilio de Villota Motorsport), who passed Menchaca and Sathienthirakul, the latter almost stalling the car on the grid and dropping several places. But today´s first lap was absolutely crazy. Baptista went out and lost many places as well, with Kanamaru moving into the lead when the safety car was deployed as a result of collision involving Antoni Ptak (RP Motorsport) and Alexey Chuklin (Corbetta Competizioni).
When the safety car headed for the pits, after two laps, Kanamaru was leading ahead of Pulcini, Yarin Stern (Motul Team West-Tec) and Campos Racing duo, Konstantin Tereschenko and Menchaca. Unfortunately for Kanamaru, shortly after, he was given a drive through penalty and it cut his chances of winning. With Pulcini now leading, Tereschenko overtook Stern for second. Another driver moving through the field was Sathienthirakul, now running fourth on lap ten after passing Menchaca. At the same time, Baptista and Kanamaru were struggling to catch the leaders and finally they both couldn´t reach the finish line.
Pulcini and Tereschenko exchange of blows, improving several times their respective fastest lap times, was finally won by the Italian, who after nineteen laps claimed today´s race win. Tereschenko took second place but still an extremely valuable result as his closest rivals in the drivers´ standings, Baptista and Kanamaru, couldn´t collect points. Final step on the rostrum was for Thailand´s Sathienthirakul, who managed to pass his teammate Stern with three laps to go. Menchaca ended up fifth and second among rookies. Igor Walilko and Damiano Fioravanti brought sixth and seventh place home for RP Motorsport with Henrique Baptista (Campos Racing) 8th. Andrés Saravia (RP Motorsport) and Parth Ghorpade (DAV Racing) rounded off the top ten. Remarkable performance delivered by Ghorpade, scoring his first point on his F.3 debut at Red Bull Ring.