US Racing’s David Schumacher fended off Dan Ticktum to win the third Formula Regional European Championship race at Barcelona.
Prema duo Enzo Fittipaldi and Frederik Vesti separated poleman Schumacher and Ticktum on the grid, but Ticktum moved into second around the outside of Turn 1 on the opening lap.
Ticktum pressed hard on Schumacher, and the Van Amersfoort Racing driver tried a repeat of his Turn 1 move on lap seven. Schumacher held the inside line and remained ahead, and Ticktum never attacked again.
Fittipaldi led a line of Prema cars behind, initially not getting close enough to pressure Ticktum but in a rare occurence being able to gap himself from team-mate Vesti.
On lap 13, Ticktum went slightly wide at Turn 3 and this enabled Fittipaldi to get close enough on the next lap to draw alongside down the pit straight. That was the last time any of the top three positions looked likely to change, and they ran in tandem for the rest of the race.
Vesti held fourth until being span by Scuderia DF Corse by Corbetta’s Matteo Nannini at the Turn 15 chicane late in the race, sending him down to 10th. Nannini was then handed a 25-second penalty, which promoted Ticktum’s team-mate Sophia Floersch to fifth.
DR Formula by RP Motorsport pair Raul Guzman and Igor Fraga finished sixth and seventh, with KIC Motorsport’s Konsta Lappalainen taking eighth ahead of the penalised Nannini and Vesti.
Race results (19 laps)
|1||David Schumacher||US Racing||33m03.937s|
|2||Dan Ticktum||Van Amersfoort Racing||+1.791s|
|5||Sophia Floersch||Van Amersfoort Racing||+8.776s|
|6||Raul Guzman||DR Formula by RP Motorsport||+9.446s|
|7||Igor Fraga||DR Formula by RP Motorsport||+11.550s|
|8||Konsta Lappalainen||KIC Motorsport||+12.376s|
|9||Matteo Nannini||Scudera DF Corse by Corbetta||+32.458s|
|11||Alexandre Bardinon||Van Amersfoort Racing||+57.853s|
|Ret||Sharon Scolari||ScoRace Team|
|Fastest lap: Nannini, 1m43.317s