Artur Janosz became the third different winner in three EuroFormula Open races in 2014 as pre-race favourite Sandy Stuvik had a nightmare race in Portimao. The victory gives the Polish driver the championship lead.
Stuvik and Janosz led away at the start, but a mechanical issue for Stuvik consigned him to the pits just after a safety car period on lap eight, and a drive-through penalty eliminated any chance the Thai driver had of scoring points. He eventually trailed home twelfth.
For Janosz this was perfect. The RP Motorsport drive led confidently once Stuvik was out of the way, and won for the first time in the series, and thus took the championship lead away from his Thai team-mate. The lead at the end was almost five seconds, with Emilio de Villota Motorsport’s Japanese racer Yu Kanamaru claiming second. Spaniard Alex Palou, who dominated race one at the Nurburgring last month, claimed the final podium spot in third for Campos Racing.
Briton Cameron Twynham was fourth in the leading Team West-Tec F3 entry, ahead of the second Campos Racing entry of Russian Konstantin Tereschenko. Thai driver Tanart Sathienthirakul ended the race in sixth for Team West-Tec F3, with the third Campos Racing entry of Sean Walkinshaw in seventh.
The final three points scorers were DAV Racing’s Gerardo Nieto in eighth, Team West-Tec F3’s Wei Fung Thong in ninth, and Saud Al Faisal in tenth for RP Motorsport.
The first lap saw a lot of incident, with Team West-Tec F3’s Yarin Stern and Nicolas Pohler, RP Motorsport’s Andres Saravia and Emilio de Villota Motorsport’s Che-One Lim all retiring due to collisions. The mid-race safety car was caused by another collision, this time between Corbetta Competizioni’s Damiano Floravanti and DAV Racing’s Henrique Baptista.
Portimao Race 1 Result
|1||Artur Janosz||POL||RP Motorsport||35m56.718s|
|2||Yu Kanamaru||JAP||Emilio de Villota Motorsport||+4.883s|
|3||Alex Palou||ESP||Campos Racing||+7.163s|
|4||Cameron Twynham||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||+12.526s|
|5||Konstantin Tereschenko||RUS||Campos Racing||+12.688s|
|6||Tanart Sathienthirakul||THA||Team West-Tec F3||+13.571s|
|7||Sean Walkinshaw||GBR||Campos Racing||+14.876s|
|8||Gerardo Nieto||MEX||DAV Racing||+15.420s|
|9||Wei Fung Thong||HKG||Team West-Tec F3||+19.915s|
|10||Saud Al Faisal||SAU||RP Motorsport||+20.510s|
|11||Costantino Peroni||ITA||RP Motorsport||+25.399s|
|12||Sandy Stuvik||THA||RP Motorsport||+48.020s|
|RET||John Simonyan||RUS||RP Motorsport||13 Laps|
|RET||Damiano Floravanti||ITA||Corbetta Competizioni||7 Laps|
|RET||Henrique Baptista||BRA||DAV Racing||7 Laps|
|RET||William Barbosa||COL||Corbetta Competizioni||3 Laps|
|RET||Nicolas Pohler||GER||Team West-Tec F3||1 Lap|
|RET||Che-One Lim||KOR||Emilio de Villota Motorsport||1 Lap|
|RET||Andres Saravia||GTM||RP Motorsport||0 Laps|
|RET||Yarin Stern||ISR||Team West-Tec F3||0 Laps|