Jak Crawford claimed his fifth win of the Euroformula season in crushing style at the Red Bull Ring, as the title race closed up behind him.
Red Bull junior Crawford qualified on pole and was unchallenged through the race, leading all 21 laps and finishing 6.911 seconds ahead of second place. His win came 20 years on from the 9/11 tragedy, a point he reflected on after taking victory.
“It was a good one, and a good one for America,” he said. “Obviously 20 years ago now it is was the tragic events [of 9/11], so a good win for the country and for myself as well to gain back the points. It was a bit, I would say an easier one today because I didn’t have much pressure, but still excited for the win.
“Being Red Bull’s home track as well, it’s nice to win here.”
The battle for second was intense, as title rivals Cameron Das (Motopark) and Louis Foster (CryptoTower) went wheel-to-wheel on several occasions. Das started ahead, but Foster ran wide at the opening corner of the race and got past. From then on he had his defences up, and and by finishing ahead he moved to within one point of Das’s championship lead.
The debuting Reshad de Gerus (Motopark) met the chequered flag in fourth, but he had jumped the start and a five-second penalty handed out for that therefore dropped him to fifth behind Cem Bölükbaşi (Van Amersfoort Racing).
Nazim Azman (CryptoTower), Rafael Villagómez (VAR) and Casper Stevenson (VAR) were next on the road, while Carlin duo Enzo Trulli and Brad Benavides rounded out the points. It was Benavides’ first Euroformula race since 2018.
Zdeněk Chovanec had 10s added to his race time in 11th place but still ended up as the top Double R Racing driver after his team-mate Josh Mason faced issues that required him to visit pitlane. The final two finishers were Enzo Scionti (Drivex) and Filip Kaminiarz (CryptoTower) who recovered from a spin at the last corner of the lap.