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Kanamaru inherits maiden EF Open victory after Baptista mistake

by Gruz David


Yu Kanamaru was victorious in the first Euroformula Open race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Starting from third, Kanamaru slotted in behind pole-sitter and race leader Vitor Baptista after taking advantage of a slow start from Leonardo Pulcini, second on the grid.

The DAV driver, meanwhile, ended up retiring after making contact with Igor Walilko on the opening lap.

Kanamaru was cruising around a second behind Baptista during the first half of the race before a slight mistake from the Brazilian saw him touch the grass and lose just enough time to allow the Japanese driver to go past.

The sophomore then held on to his lead to celebrate his maiden regular-season Euroformula Open victory with Baptista following him closely to take second.

Alessio Rovera completed an untroubled race in third, while Yarin Stern finished fourth after a well-fought battle with Konstantin Tereshchenko.

Campos’ Diego Menchaca and RP’s Damiano Fioravanti?grabbed?fifth and sixth respectively, with Tereshchenko ending up seventh.

The top ten was completed by Tanart Sathenthirakul, William Barbosa and Antoni Ptak, who narrowly escaped a major last-lap incident with Henrique Baptista unscathed.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Yu Kanamaru EmiliodeVillota Motorsport 15 laps in 29:09.420
2 Vitor Baptista RP Motorsport +0.723
3 Alessio Rovera BVM Racing +12.847
4 Yarin Stern Campos Racing +23.095
5 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing +36.456
6 Damiano Fioravanti RP Motorsport +36.988
7 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing +38.236
8 Tanart Sathienthirakul Campos Racing +41.488
9 William Barbosa BVM Racing +41.909
10 Antoni Ptak RP Motorsport +44.653
11 Alexey Chuklin Corbetta Competizioni +44.901
12 Ahmad Al Ghanem Campos Racing +1:03.642
13 Jose Manuel Vilalta EmiliodeVillota Motorsport +1:08.050
14 Igor Walilko RP Motorsport +1:57.428
15 Henrique Baptista Campos Racing +1 lap
16 Andres Saravia RP Motorsport +3 laps
Not classified
Leonardo Pulcini DAV Racing +15 laps