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Frederik Vesti wins Formula Regional European’s Barcelona opener

by Ida Wood

Photo: ACI Sport

Formula Regional European Championship leader Frederik Vesti took another controlling win in the first race of the weekend at Barcelona, despite not leading nearly half of the race.

Poleman Enzo Fittipaldi led the first two laps before making a mistake and dropping to third, possibly due to a few rogue spots of rain, promoting US Racing’s David Schumacher and Prema team-mate Vesti into the top two positions.

Schumacher kept Vesti at a safe distance in his mirrors for a few laps, until a committed entry by Vesti into Turn 5 brought him alongside the leader. He had the overtake completed a lap later, and unleashed his true pace by immediately building up a three second gap.

That had extended to nearly six seconds when the race was interrupted by Sophia Floersch hit Konsta Lappalainen at the Turn 11 kink in their battle for fourth place. The resultant mess, and safety car, changed the order behind the podium battle.

Olli Caldwell was now in fourth, and on the safety car restart he tried passing team-mate Fittipaldi. They ended up running each off the road through Turn 2, allowing Van Amersfoort Racing’s racing returnee Dan Ticktum to slip by into second.

Vesti hadn’t quite escaped the clutches of Schumacher, but Ticktum quickly made advances on the German and executed a brilliant move around the outside of the Turn 10 hairpin for second.

This gave Vesti the breathing room he needed, and he crossed the finish line a lap later with a 1.816 second advantage.

DR Formula by RP Motorsport’s Raul Guzman picked up fourth, ahead of Fittipaldi, Scuderia DF Corse by Corbetta’s Matteo Nannini and Caldwell.

After the safety car restart there was a second incident, as Guzman’s team-mate Igor Fraga clattered over the Turn 2 kerbs and punted off VAR duo Floersch and Alexandre Bardinon. Floersch managed to finish the race a distant ninth, behind ScoRace Team’s Sharon Scolari, while Bardinon was out on the spot and Fraga only got halfway around the final lap.

 

Race results (17 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Frederik Vesti Prema 32m42.199s
2 Dan Ticktum Van Amersfoort Racing +1.816s
3 David Schumacher US Racing +3.305s
4 Raul Guzman DR Formula by RP Motorsport +4.246s
5 Enzo Fittipaldi Prema +4.881s
6 Matteo Nannini Scuderia DF Corse by Corbetta +5.741s
7 Olli Caldwell Prema +9.991s
8 Sharon Scolari ScoRace Team +23.910s
9 Sophia Floersch Van Amersfoort Racing +28.017s
Ret Igor Fraga DR Formula by RP Motorsport
Ret Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing
Ret Konsta Lappalainen KIC Motorsport
Fastest lap: Schumacher, 1m42.783ss

Championship standings
1 Vesti 331? ?2 Fittipaldi 241? ?3 Fraga 186? ?4 Schumacher 172? ?5 Caldwell 170? ?6 Floersch 110? ?7 Guzman 118? ?8 Marcos Siebert 70? ?9 Isac Blomqvist 62? ?10 Lappalainen 43