History was made in the second Euroformula race of Saturday at Algarve International Circuit as Motopark driver Cameron Das won the series’ first ever reversed grid race.
"I enjoyed the exercise", said the American, "It is more fun than to do the pole, start first and go... It was a clean race, but I was ok, had the pace and went for it."
The American started in sixth position, and spent the first half of the 19-lap encounter strategically picking off drivers to close onto the long-time race leader Nazim Azman of CryptoTower Racing Team.
Azman had taken the lead at the start by being quicker off the line than polesitter Enzo Trulli (Drivex School) and his fellow front row man Casper Stevenson (Van Amersfoort Racing), and looked comfortable in the position up front until Das came down his inside at the first corner halfway through the race and snatched the lead.
From there Das pulled away, leaving Azman to finish second. Stevenson finished third after also passing Trulli on lap one and then holding him off for the rest of the race’s distance.
Rafael Villagomez (VAR) and Josh Mason (Double R Racing) were fifth and sixth, and the exciting battle for seventh was decided after several overtakes with Enzo Scionti (Drivex) just ahead of Zdenek Chovanec (Double R). In ninth was racing returnee Vivien Keszthelyi (Motopark).
Andreas Estner started from the pitlane, and visited it again during the race, and the VAR driver ended up finishing three laps down.
Louis Foster fared worse when he peeled into the pits at the end of the formation lap, spending a long time in the pits before going out on track then choosing to pit again for fresh tyres to pursue fastest lap. In this case the CryptoTower driver did better Das's best effort to score a point.