Polish driver Artur Janosz took his maiden victory in single-seaters in the first Euroformula Open race at Algarve.
Locking out the front row, RP’s Sandy Stuvik and Janosz made a perfect getaway and controlled the first part of the race. Behind them however, Cameron Twynham had to defend from the charging Yu Kanamaru and Alex Palou, with the latter damaging his front wing in an overtake attempt but being able to continue.
Various incidents in the first couple of laps forced several drivers out of the race including Yarin Stern, Che One Lim and Nicholas Pohler.
A collision between Damiano Fioravanti and Henrique Baptista triggered a safety car period which made the lead of Stuvik and Janosz disappear. More importantly, Stuvik had to visit the pits because of a gear problem, which made him lose his first position.
When the race restarted, Janosz easily kept his lead and completed a faultless race. Twynham, on the other hand, was overtaken on the main straight by both Kanamaru and Palou, who eventually finished second and third respectively.
In?the final laps, Twynham also had to defend from Konstantin Tereshchenko, however, he was able to keep fourth with the Russian recording his best result by finishing fifth.
Thai rookie Tanart Sathienthirakul ended up in sixth, while Sean Walkinshaw, series returnee Gerardo Nieto, Wei Fung Thong and Saud Al Faisal completed the top ten.
|1||Artur Janosz||RP Motorsport||19 laps in 35:56.718|
|2||Yu Kanamaru||EmiliodeVillota Motorsport||+4.883|
|3||Alex Palou||Campos Racing||+7.163|
|4||Cameron Twynham||Team West-Tec||+12.526|
|5||Konstantin Tereshchenko||Campos Racing||+12.688|
|6||Tanart Sathienthirakul||Team West-Tec||+13.571|
|7||Sean Walkinshaw||Campos Racing||+14.876|
|8||Gerardo Nieto||DAV Racing||+15.420|
|9||Wei Fung Thong||Team West-Tec||+19.915|
|10||Saud Al Faisal||RP Motorsport||+20.510|
|11||Costantino Peroni||RP Motorsport||+25.399|
|12||Sandy Stuvik||RP Motorsport||+48.020|
|Dzhon Simonyan||RP Motorsport||+6 laps|
|Damiano Fioravanti||Corbetta Competizioni||+12 laps|
|Henrique Baptista||DAV Racing||+12 laps|
|William Barbosa||Corbetta Competizioni||+16 laps|
|Nicolas Pohler||Team West-Tec||+18 laps|
|Che One Lim||EmiliodeVillota Motorsport||+18 laps|
|Andres Saravia||RP Motorsport||+19 laps|
|Yarin Stern||Team West-Tec||+19 laps|