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Marino Sato takes surprise Euroformula Open win, Red Bull juniors clash at Paul Ricard

by Craig Woollard

Motopark’s Marino Sato took his maiden victory in Euroformula Open with a commanding drive in the second race at Paul Ricard.

A poor start for poleman Liam Lawson, followed up with a clash with Motopark team-mate Yuki Tsunoda, gave Sato room at the front to control the 15-lap contest.

Even when team-mate Lawson finally got past Teo Mart?n Motorsport?s Guilherme Samaia for second, Sato maintained the gap to the car behind and ended up taking a comfortable 3.530-second victory.

The first lap clash with Tsunoda, where the pair made side-on contact going down the pit straight, is still under investigation and as a result, Lawson?s second place is only provisional.

If a penalty is applied, this would hand Samaia his best ever result in Euroformula. The Brazilian driver challenged Lawson for second in the first half of the race but settled for third ahead of team-mate Lukas Dunner thereon.

As in race one, Double R Racing?s Linus Lundqvist had an eventful race featuring plenty of battles and secured fifth place after a lengthy tussle with Tsunoda.

Behind them were Carlin?s Christian Hahn and Teppei Natori, the second Double R car of Jack Doohan, and Motopark driver Julian Hanses. A overtake at the Mistral Straight chicane between Hahn and Doohan is also under investigation as Hahn cut the chicane halfway down the Mistral.

One of the fiercest battles in the race was between Fortec Motorsports team-mates Cameron Das and Calan Williams, who finished 15th and 16th.

RP Motorsport?s Artem Petrov managed to beat them both, but his team-mates were not so lucky; Pierre-Louis Chovet retired, and Javier Gonzalez was unable to take the start due to a mechanical issue that cropped up before the morning’s qualifying session.