Yifei Ye dominated the first Euroformula race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring, leading all 20 laps from pole position.
The ex-Renault junior made a great start to lead the race on the run to Turn 1 on the opening lap as misfortunate struck Carlin’s Zane Maloney once again.
Maloney picked up a rear-left puncture and was forced to pit at the end of the opening lap.
Ye built a comfortable advantage at the front of the field and beat fellow front-row starter Manuel Maldonado to the chequered flag by 8.838 seconds to take his fourth win in five races.
Motopark’s Maldonado’s second-place finish marked his maiden podium in the championship whilst Sebastian Estner returned to the podium for the first time since the season-opener in Hungary.
His brother and team-mate Andreas Estner took fourth place ahead of Maloney’s Carlin team-mate Ido Cohen – who escaped a penalty for track limits after he received a final warning.
Ayrton Simmons finished in sixth place for Double R Racing, while Dutchman Glenn van Berlo was a career-best seventh, just ahead of Niklas Krutten who was attempting to recover after stalling on the grid at the start of the race.
Ye’s team-mate Rui Andrade was ninth ahead of Shihab Al Habsi, Alexandre Bardinon – who picked up damage on the opening lap – and Maloney.
Race results (20 laps)
|3||Sebastian Estner||Van Amersfoort Racing||+11.713s|
|4||Andreas Estner||Van Amersfoort Racing||+12.721s|
|6||Ayrton Simmons||Double R Racing||+18.884s|
|7||Glenn van Berlo||Drivex School||+23.100s|
|8||Niklas Krutten||Van Amersfoort Racing||+23.906s|
|10||Shihab Al Habsi||Drivex School||+54.208s|
|11||Alexandre Bardinon||Van Amersfoort Racing||+1 lap|
|12||Zane Maloney||Carlin||+5 laps|
|Fastest lap: Ye, 1m23.544s