Drugovich (RP Motorsport) claims win at Spa with rivals getting closer on his tail

10.06.2018  GTO

Series leader Drugovich notched up his second triumph of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps with another faultless drive. Karkosik (Campos Racing) charged up to finish second with Viscaal (Teo Martín Motorsport) finishing third on the rostrum. Viscaal won Rookies’ class with Hoogenboom (RP Motorsport) and Dunner (Drivex) rounding out the top-three

The Euroformula Open battle in the Ardennes came to an end with drivers thrilling local motorsport fans with another closely-fought race. Felipe Drugovich (RP Motorsport) led the field to the checkered flag for his fifth win of the season with Alex Karkosik (Campos Racing) securing his maiden podium finish of 2018. Karkosik pulled on his experience to recover as he handed a grid penalty for causing collision on Saturday. Bent Viscaal (Teo Martín Motorsport) vaulted back onto the podium after a difficult race 1 yesterday. Besides, Viscaal returned to winning form in Rookies’ class with Leonard Hoogenboom and Lukas Dunner claimed two other podium spots for RP Motorsport and Drivex respectively.

In the morning, Drugovich managed to put his Dallara on pole by holding off Karkosik in the dying moments of Q2. But Karkosik was given a three place demotion penalty for Sunday and Viscaal inherited second spot on the grid sharing the front row with Drugovich. Marcos Siebert (Campos Racing) set to start from third alongside Dunner and, further adrift, Karkosik and Guilherme Samaia (RP Motorsport) lined up on the third row. Jannes Fittje (Drivex) headed the fourth row of the grid ahead of Matheus Iorio (Carlin). Finally, Calan Williams (Fortec Motorsport) and Cameron Das (Carlin) also qualified within the top ten.

When the lights went out Drugovich fended off Viscaal and Siebert at the start. But Viscaal used Drugovich’s slipstream along the Kemmel Straight to pass him for the lead. However, Drugovich retook the lead still on lap 1. Behind the race leader, the running order was Viscaal, Siebert and Karkosik. Samaia was running in fifth but soon the Carlin duo of Iorio and Das moved past him.

Drugovich slightly pulled away on lap 4 when Viscaal made a small mistake and both Siebert and Karkosik closed in. The Dutchman dropped to third when Karkosik managed to put in a fantastic passing move on the Kemmel straight to overtake Siebert and Viscaal himself. The Polish driver opened up a gap exhibiting similar Drugovich’s pace.

But it was too late. If only it had been one lap longer, Karkosik could have moved into Drugovich’s slipstream but after 13 laps the Brazilian took the checkered flag in first place. With Karkosik second, Viscaal finally kept Siebert at bay for third place. Das and Iorio passed and re-passed each other throughout the race but finally the Baltimore native led the Carlin effort in fifth place. Further adrift, Hoogenboom classified seventh, a strong result on his EF open debut. Samaia came 8th and, further adrift, Drivex had two cars finishing in the points as Hahn and Dunner rounded out the top-ten.

The Euroformula Open will head to Hungaroring on 7-8 July.