The first Euroformula round of the season at Algarve International Circuit concluded on the Sunday of the Portuguese Grand Prix with a third victory for Cameron Das, who rounded a perfect weekend.
The Motopark driver started in second place behind Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner, with the grid set by the fastest laps from the previous races.
He had faster race pace than Estner, and after passing him on lap two of 19 he pulled away to take a crushing win of 11.923 seconds.
“I couldn’t be happier about this weekend”, said Das, “Start and first corners were not easy today, but after I managed to pass Estner on the outside, the way was clear. Now let’s focus on Paul Ricard, another circuit I like a lot.”
It was Louis Foster (CryptoTower Racing Team) who finished in the runner-up spot, taking a few laps to pass Estner but then also building a gap to those behind.
After being passed by Foster, Estner came under further pressure from behind and ended up having light contact with Nazim Azman (CryptoTower) which led to a rear-left puncture and the end of his hopes for points.
Azman didn’t benefit from the crash either, as he was immediately passed by Enzo Trulli (Drivex) and handed a five-second penalty. He set about getting back past Trulli, but didn’t build a big enough advantage to negate the penalty and was classified fourth behind the Italian.
Josh Mason (Double R Racing) kept an eye on the fights ahead on his way to fifth, and Casper Stevenson (VAR) added more points to his haul in sixth. In seventh place was Red Bull junior Jak Crawford (Motopark), who missed practice, qualifying and Saturday’s races but after turning 16 on Sunday was able to compete in the final race of the weekend.
Being absent from the previous sessions meant he started 13th on the grid, but his charge up the order earned him an additional two points for gaining the most places. Rafael Villagomez (VAR), Zdenek Chovanec (Double R) and Filip Kaminiarz (CryptoTower) rounded out the points after a drag race to the chequered flag between the last two.
Enzo Scionti (Drivex) and Vivien Keszthelyi fought for 11th until Keszthelyi spun on her own, and Estner came a lap down in 13th.