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Stuvik is victorious in challenging EF Open Saturday race

by Gruz David


Thai racer Sandy Stuvik extended his championship lead after celebrating his seventh victory of the 2014 Euroformula Open season in race one at Spa-Francorchamps.

Throughout the race, the drivers had to deal with mixed conditions because of light rain in certain parts of the track.

However, most of the surface was not wet enough to gain any advantage from rain tires, so those who eventually switched to them, including usual EF Open frontrunner Artur Janosz, were eliminated from the battle for the top positions.

The first half race saw an enjoyable battle between Stuvik and Alex Palou with several overtakes for the lead. However, as the race went on, Stuvik managed to build up a healthy lead, breaking the slipstream from the Spanish racer, which allowed him to pull away and eventually secure the win.

Palou, who still remains a major player in the title fight, settled for second, picking up his sixth top-two finish in a row.

For a brief moment in the race, Team West-Tec’s Yarin Stern was also part of the battle for the lead, running in third. However, the West-Tec driver retired due to a spin on lap five.

As such, Dzhon Simonyan held on to his first podium of the season despite coming under big pressure from series returneee Alex Toril on the final lap.

Tanart Sathienthirakul took fifth, closely followed by Christopher Hoher and Nicolas Pohler as Campos Racing’s Sean Walkinshaw secured eighth.

Saud Al Faisal recorded his best finish of the season in ninth with the top ten completed by Yu Kanamaru.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Sandy Stuvik RP Motorsport 14 laps in 36:43.783
2 Alex Palou Campos Racing +12.609
3 Dzhon Simonyan RP Motorsport +28.550
4 Alex Toril EmilioDeVillota Motorsport +28.869
5 Tanart Sathienthirakul Team West-Tec +30.140
6 Christopher Hoher BVM Racing +30.297
7 Nicolas Pohler Team West-Tec +30.391
8 Sean Walkinshaw Campos Racing +39.412
9 Saud Al Faisal RP Motorsport +48.572
10 Yu Kanamaru EmilioDeVillota Motorsport +1:27.279
11 Andres Saravia RP Motorsport +1:32.083
12 Henrique Baptista DAV Racing +1:49.527
13 Konstantin Tereshchenko Campos Racing +1:54.413
14 Artur Janosz RP Motorsport +1 lap
Not classified
Yarin Stern Team West-Tec +10 laps
Che One Lim EmilioDeVillota Motorsport +13 laps
Wei Fung Thong Team West-Tec +14 laps
Costantino Peroni DAV Racing +14 laps
William Barbosa Corbetta Competizioni +14 laps