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Yifei Ye crowned Euroformula champion with dominant Barcelona win

by Ida Wood

Photo: Fotospeedy

Yifei Ye became 2020 Euroformula champion with another dominant win in the second race of the Barcelona season finale.

The Chinese driver had to hold off Motopark’s Cameron Das at the start after taking pole, while title rival Lukas Dunner came out worst in a three-wide battle for third place entering Turn 1.

From there the positions were set in stone, with overtaking proving difficult with the setting sun, and Ye conserved his tyres before upping his pace in the second half of the race to finish 5.605 seconds clear.

Das made a long-awaited return to the podium in second place, having last finished in the top three in a Euroformula race in 2018, while Van Amersfoort Racing’s Andreas Estner held off race-long pressure from Manuel Maldonado (Motopark) and Dunner to also end a podium drought and move back into third in the points.

The driver he overtook in the standings was Motopark’s Niklas Krutten, who finished in seventh behind Drivex School’s rookie class winner Glenn van Berlo.

Double R Racing’s Louis Foster trailed off the battle for sixth late on and came home in eighth, with Carlin’s Zane Maloney and Estner’s younger brother Sebastian rounding out the points-paying positions.

Race results (18 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 29m24.619s
2 Cameron Das Motopark +5.605s
3 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing +8.213s
4 Manuel Maldonado Motopark +10.548s
5 Lukas Dunner CryptoTower +10.850s
6 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School +15.315s
7 Niklas Krutten Motopark +16.048s
8 Louis Foster Double R Racing +18.016s
9 Zane Maloney Carlin +19.169s
10 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing +19.878s
11 Ido Cohen Carlin +20.603s
12 Rui Andrade CryptoTower +25.508s
13 Rafael Villagomez Drivex School +29.306s
14 Alexandre Bardinon Van Amersfoort Racing +30.252s
15 Matthias Luethen Double R Racing +56.140s
Fastest lap: Ye, 1m37.154s

Championship standings
1 Ye 341   2 Dunner 230   3 A Estner 153   4 Krutten 150   5 Maldonado 129   6 Cohen 110   7 Das 100   8 Maloney 95   9 van Berlo 79   10 S Estner 64