Jak Crawford claimed his seventh Euroformula win of 2021 form pole position in race two at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, but it wasn’t easy for the Motopark driver.
An intermittent gear-changing problem caused by vibration meant that while he could pull away up front from reversed grid pole, he occasionally lost time to the chasing Louis Foster (CryptoTower Racing Team) as his car refused to choose a gear or went in the wrong one.
Nowhere was this more evident than at the finish, where a one-second lead was reduced to nearly nothing as the problem struck again.
“It wasn’t easy at all,” said Crawford. “I did a really good start, I got the fastest lap at the beginning, and then around halfway I started to suffer with some gearbox issues. It was shifting up as I was trying to shift down, so I started to fall back a bit. It seemed the issue was fixed, I tried really hard to manage it, stay off all the kerbs and everything [as vibrations contribute to the issue]. And on the final lap I got the issue really big and out of the last corner it went all to sixth gear from second, and I thought I was going to get beat.”
Enzo Trulli (Carlin) continued his run of podiums in third place behind them, while there was a battle for fourth between Cem Bölükbaşi (Van Amersfoort Racing) and the new champion Cameron Das (Motopark) that heated up towards the end. They banged wheels at one point, but Bölükbaşi was able to hold on to the position.
A thrilled Brad Benavides (Carlin) was very close to them in sixth, but Nazim Azman (CryptoTower) wasn’t as happy as he lost places on lap one and was limited to seventh. Casper Stevenson (VAR), Filip Kaminiarz (CryptoTower) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) rounded out the top 10, but Álvarez’s guest status meant Rafael Villagomez (VAR) claimed the final point.