Marino Sato came out on top in a tricky first Euroformula Open race at Spa-Francorchamps, which included intermittent rain.
The race was declared wet at the start, although the effect of the wet weather was only felt a few laps in. By this point, Sato had already pulled away from Motopark team-mate Yuki Tsunoda, and the two Japanese drivers finished way clear of their rivals.
Liam Lawson and Julian Hanses started the other two Motopark cars from eighth and 10th, and embarked on very different approaches to the race. Lawson leapt up to third on the first lap, and then held that position to the flag. Hanses had a slower start, only climbing three positions in the first half of the race, but then had the pace to push later on and finished a clear fifth.
In between Lawson and Hanses was Double R Racing’s Jack Doohan, who completed an all-Red Bull junior rookie podium with Tsunoda and Lawson. Doohan’s team-mate Linus Lundqvist could only manage ninth, as he lost spots to returning RP Motorsport driver Javier Gonzalez and Carlin’s Teppei Natori.
Christian Hahn started fifth, and was up to third before being passed by Lawson at the end of the opening lap. He then dropped another two places, and did well to hold on to sixth.
Pierre-Louis Chovet got his best Euroformula result in 13th on his return to the championship with RP Motorsport, while Drivex School’s Franco Colapinto just triumphed over CF Racing’s Stefano Leaney in the battle of the debutants over 15th place.
Teo Martín Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner failed to finish, while early drama led to Cameron Das finishing nearly a lap down. Nicolai Kjaergaard was set for a similar result until he crashed out on the penultimate lap.