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Camara claims lights-to-flag victory in FREC race one at Red Bull Ring

by Alejandro Alonso Lopez

Photo: FRECA

Prema’s Rafael Camara claimed a convincing lights-to-flag victory in Formula Regional European Championship race one at the Red Bull Ring.

The Ferrari junior nailed the start and benefitted from battles behind him to open a gap, which allowed him to then manage the race to the end. This was the Brazilian’s second victory, after winning race one at Spa-Francorchamps from pole.

R-ace GP’s Tim Tramnitz attempted to go around the outside of G4 Racing’s Alessandro Giusti for second at turn one on the opening lap. Tramnitz had to go wide and took to the run-off area, but rejoined ahead of Giusti.

Behind them, G4’s Michael Belov moved up to fifth from seventh on the grid, meanwhile Prema’s Lorenzo Fluxa dropped from fourth to sixth.

Giusti soon started to put pressure on Tramnitz and eventually regained second on lap three as he took the inside line under braking at turn three. Tramnitz ran wide at the exit of the corner, staying ahead of Prema’s Andrea Kimi Antonelli, who also tried to take advantage of the situation.

The French rookie soon opened a two-second gap over Tramnitz, which continued to increase as the race progressed and had doubled halfway through it. However, Giusti’s pace wasn’t enough to close the over two-second gap Camara had opened at the front in the first three laps.

Overtaking proved extremely difficult as Antonelli couldn’t find his way past Tramnitz despite being within half-a-second of his rival for the whole race. The duo finished 11 seconds behind Giusti.

Belov, who took the chequered flag in fifth, was demoted to 10th place as a result of a five-second time penalty for exceeding track limits. He wasn’t the only one to receive a penalty for such reason: G4 team-mate Pierre-Alexandre Provost, Race Performance Motorsport’s Santiago Ramos and Van Amersfoort Racing’s Jesse Carrasquedo were also penalised.

Tramnitz’s R-ace team-mate Martinius Stenshorne continued to struggle, as he could only finish 18th from 20th on the grid and now Antonelli has pulled away from him in the standings.

Monolite Racing’s series returnee Hadrien David failed to get going at first, dropping from 15th to last at the start. The Frenchman would then recover 12 positions to finish in 20th.

Race results (22 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Rafael Camara Prema 32m20.093s
2 Alessandro Giusti G4 Racing +1.254s
3 Tim Tramnitz R-ace GP +12.437s
4 Andrea Kimi Antonelli Prema +12.807s
5 Lorenzo Fluxa Prema +14.839s
6 Kas Haverkort Van Amersfoort Racing +15.290s
7 Sami Meguetounif MP Motorsport +15.902s
8 Roman Bilinski Trident +18.080s
9 Maceo Capietto R-P-M +18.579s
10 Michael Belov G4 Racing +19.102s
11 Owen Tangavelou Trident +19.424s
12 Nikhil Bohra Trident +20.400s
13 Esteban Masson Sainteloc Racing +26.058s
14 Tom Lebbon Arden +28.233s
15 Victor Bernier MP Motorsport +29.700s
16 Joshua Duerksen Arden +31.715s
17 Laurens van Hoepen ART Grand Prix +32.103s
18 Martinius Stenshorne R-ace GP +33.502s
19 Maya Weug KIC Motorsport +35.142s
20 Hadrien David Monolite Racing +35.786s
21 Bruno del Pino MP Motorsport +36.104s
22 Matias Zagazeta R-ace GP +38.498s
23 Jesse Carrasquedo Van Amersfoort Racing +39.604s
24 Marcus Amand ART Grand Prix +41.875s
25 Levente Revesz Arden +45.080s
26 Ivan Klymenko KIC Motorsport +49.051s
27 Niels Koolen Van Amersfoort Racing +49.237s
28 William Karlsson KIC Motorsport +49.778s
29 Santiago Ramos R-P-M +51.823s
30 Emmo Fittipaldi Sainteloc Racing +52.228s
31 Giovanni Maschio Monolite Racing +53.607s
32 Pierre-Alexandre Provost G4 Racing +1m15.510s

Fastest lap: Giusti, 1m27.573s

Championship standings
1 Antonelli 199   2 Stenshorne 181   3 Tramnitz 161   4 Camara 120   5 Haverkort 104   6 Fluxa 70   7 Capietto 61   8 Ramos 60   9 Giusti 60   10 Joshua Dufek 52