Marino Sato takes his eighth Euroformula win in Austria

14.07.2019

Marino Sato took his eighth Euroformula Open win of the season in race two at the Red Bull Ring, leading a Motopark one-two.

The Japanese driver was unchallenged at the start, and quickly built up a three second gap to team-mate Julian Hanses. During the middle of the race, Hanses started setting fastest laps and trimmed Sato's lead, before the championship leader responded with a lap that couldn’t be beaten and extended his advantage at the front. Sato is now guaranteed to be leading the championship going into the final round of the season.

In contrast, the battle for third place between Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist and Teo Martin Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner was super close, with the pair finishing just 0.240s apart. Home favourite Dunner briefly got past Lundqvist at Turn 3 on the penultimate lap, but was asked to hand the position back.

Calan Williams followed up his fourth place from race one with an impressive for Fortec Motorsports, sticking roughly with the podium battle for the whole race.

Having started in last place, and failed to make up any places on the first lap, Carlin’s Billy Monger demonstrated his pace and racecraft to rise up to sixth, his first points finish in five races. Although he could not catch Williams, he did put a sizeable nine second gap over the battling Javier Gonzalez and Cameron Das of RP Motorsport and Motopark by the end of the race.

Monger’s Carlin team-mates Nicolai Kjaergaard and Christian Hahn fought each other all race, despite several substantial errors from Hahn, and they rounded out the points.

Aldo Festante (Teo Martín) edged the attacking Rui Andrade (Drivex School) to 11th, while Jack Doohan impressed in keeping himself on the lead lap after pitting to change his front wing early on.