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Yifei Ye dominates Euroformula Red Bull Ring opener from pole

by Josh Suttill

Photo: Fotospeedy

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)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Yifei Ye CryptoTower 28m04.442s
2 Manuel Maldonado Motopark +8.838s
3 Sebastian Estner Van Amersfoort Racing +11.713s
4 Andreas Estner Van Amersfoort Racing +12.721s
5 Ido Cohen Carlin +17.630s
6 Ayrton Simmons Double R Racing +18.884s
7 Glenn van Berlo Drivex School +23.100s
8 Niklas Krutten Van Amersfoort Racing +23.906s
9 Rui Andrade CryptoTower +28.700s
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

Championship standings
1 Ye 126   2 A Estner 75  3 Cohen 52   4 Maloney 45   5 Maldonado 42    6 Dunner 42    7 S Estner 40  8 Simmons 34   9 Krutten 27  10 van Berlo 13