Although Palou (Campos Racing) qualified third on the grid his faultless race rewarded him with a dominant win at the end. Janosz (RP Motorsport), second today, is new leader in the drivers´ standings as Stuvik (RP Motorsport) was forced to retire. Maiden podium for Tereschenko (Campos Racing)
The Euroformula Open has seen another thrilling Sunday with the second race at Hungaroring. And now three drivers are separated by nine points in the drivers´ standings, with Artur Janosz (RP Motorsport) first and Sandy Stuvik (RP Motorsport) and Alex Palou (Campos Racing) second and third respectively.
Janosz grabbed today´s pole position and everything was looking positive for him in race two, with his teammate and Palou behind on the starting grid. But Palou, as usual, made a lightning start and, after two corners, was able to overtake Stuvik. Unlike yesterday when Janosz showed a pace slightly faster than the Spaniard, today it was exactly the opposite. In his slipstream, Palou took advantage of a minor mistake made by Janosz and overtook him on lap two. Before long, Palou, Janosz and Stuvik pulled away from the rest of the field, with Konstantin Tereschenko (Campos Racing) fourth by then – lap 5- after passing Christopher Höher (BVM) when the Austrian driver made s mall error at the chicane. But on lap six Stuvik was forced to retire as his car experienced mechanical issues and his third place was inherited by Tereschenko.
As Stuvik was out, another Palou-Janosz duel was on the verge, but the safety car was deployed on lap nine following an off track of John Simonyan (RP Motorsport). After three laps, the safety car headed to pit lane again and Palou and Janosz were faster than anyone else on track. In spite of Janosz´s attempts, his lap times were improved by Palou – he managed the fastest lap on the penultimate lap, collecting an extra point- and crossed the finish line in first place, three seconds earlier than his Polish rival. Tereschenko achieved his best result in the Euroformula Open so far finishing third. Behind Höher, to highlight his fourth place on his official debut with a Dallara F312 and Yu Kanamaru (Emilio de Villota Motorsport).
Andrés Saravia (RP Motorsport) could not repeat his podium finish but his 6th place was another good performance for Guatemala´s racer. Yarin Stern and Nici Pohler brought home top-ten places for Team West-Tec, seventh and eighth, but surely the German driver expected something better after his fourth place on the grid. Gerardo Nieto (DAV Racing) and Sean Walkinshaw (Campos Racing) rounded off the top-ten today.
Next stop for the Euroformula Open is Silverstone, in two weeks´ time.