Motopark’s Jak Crawford and CryptoTower Racing Team’s Louis Foster fought hard for Euroformula victory on Sunday morning at Circuit Paul Ricard, and it was Red Bull junior Crawford who came out on top.
The results from Saturday’s race were used to set the grid, with the top six finishers reversed. That meant Nazim Azman (CryptoTower) started on pole, with Crawford down in sixth. But at the end of the first lap the order was Foster, Casper Stevenson (Van Amersfoort Racing) and Crawford as Azman clashed with Rafael Villagomez (VAR) after Foster and Stevenson jumped past going into the first corner.
Initially Foster and Stevenson pulled away, but Crawford was the fastest driver in the second half of the race and he spent several laps sitting behind Foster trying to force him into a mistake. There was no such break in the Briton’s defence of the lead, and it took until the penultimate lap for Crawford to edge past around the outside of the first corner after the pair got super close down the pit straight.
Crawford earned his second win from three series starts, with Das completing the podium behind Foster after passing Stevenson.
“It was quite a difficult race,” said Crawford. “The track was a bit damp in the first sector, so difficult to adjust to in the first couple of laps. [Foster] got a quite good lead at the start so I had to catch him, and when the gap behind me, he was defending wel.
“I just had to poke my nose in and make him defend, and then down the pit straight I got alongside,” he added. “I think I had the tyre advantage at the end. Happy to get the win.”
Enzo Trulli (Drivex School) finished fifth, completing the rookie podium behind Crawford and Stevenson, while Villagomez and Azman recovered to sixth and seventh. Enzo Scionti (Drivex), Filip Kaminiarz (CryptoTower) and Zdenek Chovanec (Double R Racing) filled the final points positions.
Crawford also earned the fastest lap of the race and therefore pole for race three in the afternoon.