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Andreas Estner tops pre-event Euroformula test at Hungaroring

by Ida Wood

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner set the pace in testing ahead of the Euroformula Open season opener at the Hungaroring.

The German set his best lap in the longer morning session, with ex-Renault Formula 1 junior Yifei Ye a close second.

Ye, driving for Motopark’s Japanese offshoot CryptoTower Racing Team, improved on his lap in the afternoon but still came 0.094 seconds short of former FIA Formula 3 Championship rival Estner.

Reigning British Formula 4 champion Zane Maloney also upped his pace in the afternoon and ended up 0.306s adrift in third.

There was a significant gap back to Estner’s VAR team-mates Alexandre Bardinon and Sebastian Estner (his brother) in fourth and fifth, with Ayrton Simmons going sixth fastest in the lone Double R Racing car.

Motopark duo Manuel Maldonado and Niklas Krutten were closely matched in seventh and eighth, and were the last drivers within a second of the pace.

There were 13 cars on track at the test, with Motopark having brought a third chassis for its main team but without a driver to fill it.


Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.011s 61
2 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 1m35.105s +0.094s 81
3 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m35.317s +0.306s 76
4 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.715s +0.704s 82
5 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing 1m35.819s +0.808s 65
6 Ayrton Simmons Double R Racing 1m35.845s +0.834s 64
7 Manuel Maldonado Motopark 1m35.957s +0.946s 81
8 Niklas Krutten Motopark 1m35.994s +0.983s 64
9 Ido Cohen Carlin 1m36.224s +1.213s 70
10 Rui Andrade CryptoTower 1m36.971s +1.960s 53
11 Shihab Al Habsi Drivex School 1m37.109s +2.098s 61
12 Matthias Luethen CryptoTower 1m37.144s +2.733s 82
13 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School 1m38.017s +3.006s 64