Felipe Drugovich (RP Motorsport) rounds weekend out with second triumph in Jerez

07.10.2018

Brazilian Drugovich took a lights-to-flag win with Viscaal (Teo Martín Motorsport) earning a repeat of his performance yesterday with a second place. Siebert (Campos Racing) secured a podium finish in third place. González (Drivex) and Schumacher (RP Motorsport) joined Viscaal on the Rookies podium

Felipe Drugovich (RP Motorsport) continued breaking records in the 2018 Euroformula Open season and Sunday’s race 2 at Jerez circuit marked his 12th win of the year. Bent Viscaal (Teo Martín Motorsport) was his biggest rival once again with the Dutchman second. Marcos Siebert (Campos Racing) stepped third onto the podium after a thrilling battle with Cameron Das (Carlin) and Javier González (Drivex). Viscaal finished on top step of the Rookies’ class podium flanked by two promising newcomers: González and David Schumacher (RP Motorsport).

In the morning, Drugovich denied Viscaal Jerez pole position with a final last-gasp in Q2. Holland’s Viscaal dominated most of the second qualifying session before Drugovich mounted a counterattack. The latter took control of the timesheets posting a 1:35.576, putting him a tenth ahead of Viscaal. Siebert and Das shared row two with González and Saturday’s podium finisher Matheus Iorio (Carlin) setting to start from row three. Lukas Dunner (Drivex) classified seventh with Petru Florescu’s effort putting him 8th on the grid for Campos Racing. Aldo Festante (Teo Martín Motorsport) and Schumacher rounded the top-ten of a tight qualifying session as there were five different teams in the top-five.

The second race saw Drugovich leading the pack ahead of Viscaal, Siebert, Das and González at the start. Further adrift, Dunner and Festante collided still in lap 1 and spun out into the gravel. As a result the safety car was deployed.

When the race went back to green after three laps, Drugovich and Viscaal pulled away slowly from Siebert, Das and González with the trio running nose-to-tail for much of the race. Despite Viscaal’s efforts, Drugovich set a strong pace in the second half of the race and disappeared into the distance.

After 19 laps, Drugovich crossed the finish line 7 seconds ahead of Viscaal. Siebert managed to keep Das and González at bay, who also finished within the top five. Iorio brought a sixth place home with Guilherme Samaia (RP Motorsport) put in a recovery driver to finish seventh. Schumacher finished eight ahead of Florescu and Dev Gore (Carlin), who completed the points-paying positions after running seventh in the early stages of the race.

The season finale will take place at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in two weeks’ time.