Red Bull junior Jak Crawford ended his weekend at the brand’s home circuit in the best way possible as he dominated the third Euroformula race at the Red Bull Ring.
The Motopark driver’s race two fastest lap put him on pole for the Sunday afternoon race, and he had his new team-mate Reshad de Gerus alongside him on the front row. However a slipped clutch on de Gerus’s car as the lights went out meant he dropped down the order and race two winner Nazim Azman (CryptoTower) became Crawford’s closest rival.
Azman’s occupation of second place only lasted a lap, as Cameron Das (Motopark) went around the outside of him at turn four next time by. Once in second place he kept Crawford in his sights, but couldn’t hunt down his fellow American who took a sixth win of the season.
“It was a fun race,” said Crawford. “I had a good start, they were battling behind me so I got a quick comfortable lead. After that I was just managing the gap and was trying to be as consistent as possible with no mistakes. Actually quite an easy one.”
Louis Foster (CryptoTower) finished in third, passing Azman and then chasing down Das but not doing enough to remain as the championship leader. He relinquishes the top spot in the standings by a single point to Das, and Crawford is now 29 points behind with six races to go.
Casper Stevenson led home Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Cem Bölükbaşi in fifth place, although Enzo Trulli (Carlin) had been between them until his charge up the order was undone on the final lap when Stevenson locked up and Trulli ended up in the gravel and losing his front wing.
That dropped the Italian down to 10th, behind Josh Mason (Double R Racing), Brad Benavides (Carlin) and Enzo Scionti (Drivex).
Filip Kaminiarz (CryptoTower) was the first of the drivers outside of the points after early battles with Zdeněk Chovanec (Double R) that eventually led to the latter retiring, while Rafael Villagomez (VAR) and de Gerus were the last two finishers. Villagomez did run as high as fifth before a battle with team-mate Stevenson ended sourly.