Drugovich (RP Motorsport) converts pole into victory at the Hungaroring

07.07.2018

Series leader Drugovich showed a faultless performance on Saturday representing his sixth win of the season. Viscaal (Teo Martín Motorsport) was a close second with Siebert (Campos Racing) rounding out the podium. Viscaal secured Rookies’ class honors with Baltas (Campos Racing) and Festante (Fortec) also stepping onto the podium.

Felipe Drugovich and RP Motorsport managed to keep their stunning winning streak alive at the Hungaroring. Euroformula Open series leader took another pole position in the morning and converted it into victory. Bent Viscaal (Teo Martín Motorsport) and Marcos Siebert (Campos Racing) added new podiums to their haul by finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Besides, Dutchman Viscaal won the Rookies’ class with Yves Baltas (Campos Racing) and Aldo Festante (Fortec) climbing atop the remaining steps of the podium.

Drugovich dominated a damp qualifying session clocking a lap time of 1:46.744. Brazil’s driver was 0.1 clear of his nearest pole position challenger: Viscaal. Rookie leader clocked a time of 1:46.911 to start second on the grid. Campos Racing and their drivers completed a row two lockout with Baltas and Siebert, while their teammate Alex Karkosik lined up fifth alongside Guilherme Samaia (RP Motorsport). Cameron Das and Matheus Iorio locked up the fourth row of the grid for Carlin with Lukas Dunner (Drivex) and Leonard Hoogenboom (RP Motorsport) rounding out the top-ten.

When the lights went out, Viscaal feinted a move into T1 but Drugovich held the lead. Siebert moved up to third at the start with Baltas and Karkosik behind. Several things happened at once and teammates Samaia and Hoogenboom made contact and only a few seconds later Karkosik’s race came to an early end as he lost the rear of his Dallara and then hit the wall on lap 2.

The safety car was deployed for two laps and, back into racing conditions, Drugovich went quickest in a 1:37 to build a 1 second gap to Viscaal. Siebert was running solidly in third place ahead of Iorio and Das. Both Carlin drivers had moved past Baltas at the restart. The New York native also got a drive through penalty, which dropped him way down the order.

Another safety car was brought out when Dunner and Christian Hahn (Drivex) also made contact and the latter retired from the race. Drugovich fended Viscaal off at the late race restart and cruised to Saturday win. Viscaal finished second and Siebert took third place. Iorio and Das brought fourth and fifth place home for Carlin. Further adrift, Calan Williams (Fortec) achieved a strong sixth place finish ahead of Baltas. Festante took the checkered flag in 8th place and Dunner ended up ninth after handing a 10-second penalty for causing a collision.