Scott broke another record by romping to his 12th win of the season in the Euroformula Open. Troitskiy (Drivex) came second and DeFrancesco (Carlin) joined them on the podium in third. Troitskiy secured the Rookie title with his win ahead of DeFrancesco and Fittje (RP Motorsport)
Great Britain’s Harrison Scott (RP Motorsport) had a chance to set a new race-win record in the Euroformula Open and didn’t let the opportunity to pass. That took the Briton past the mark set by Sandy Stuvik in 2014 with eleven wins. Scott recorded his 12th win of the season in dominant style. Behind, Russian Nikita Troitskiy finished second and his win in the Rookie class sealed the title. It’s worth mentioning it is the second year in-a-row that the Rookie champion has come from Drivex as Ferdinand Habsburg was crowned winner with another car of the Spain-based team. Canadian Devlin DeFrancesco crossed the finish line in third place.
In the morning, Scott stormed to his eleventh pole position. Scott already topped the timesheets during his first qualifying attempt by clocking a lap time of 1:36.1. The driver of RP Motorsport headed out for his second run with ten minutes to go and further improved his lap times. Finally Scott posted a lap time of 1:35.240, which was nine tenths quicker than his previous lap, and secured the top spot on the grid.
Behind the pace-setter, Troitskiy led the rest of the field with no less than sixteen drivers covered by one second. So, Troitskiy also lined up on the front row with DeFrancesco and Fittje starting from row two. Eliseo Martínez (Teo Martín Motorsport) and Simo Laaksonen (Campos Racing) were fifth and sixth quickest. Further adrift, Alex Karkosik (RP Motorsport) set to start in seventh place alongside Ameya Vaidyanathan (Carlin). Petru Florescu (Fortec Motorsports) and Cameron Das (Campos Racing) rounded out the top-ten.
Scott made a good start from pole with Troitskiy and DeFrancesco right behind him. Martínez moved up to fourth as Fittje dropped to fifth. Further down the order, Laaksonen, Vaidyanathan and Karkosik were running sixth, seventh and eighth. Still on lap one, both Ben Hingeley (Fortec Motorsport) and Matheus Iorio (Campos Racing) came into the pits to change front wings following clashes in the middle of the field.
At the front, Scott put the hummer down and pulled away from Troitskiy, who was also keeping DeFrancesco at bay. Fittje passed Martinez on lap five and lapped at a faster pace to build up a three second gap. Martínez still kept Laaksonen, Karkosik and Vaidyanathan behind.
After 18 laps, Scott won by 6.6 seconds. Troitskiy took the checkered flag in second place ahead of DeFrancesco. Fittje finished fourth and Martínez achieved a valuable fifth place at home. Behind, Laaksonen came sixth and Karkosik survived to finish seventh following a race incident with Vaidyanathan, who retired with two laps to go. Das delivered a strong performance and crossed the finish line eighth ahead of Tarun Reddy (Drivex). Florescu rounded the top ten.
The Euroformula Open will head to Barcelona for the season finale on 28-29 October.