Stuvik on Brink of Title after Monza Stroll

Sandy Stuvik took a giant step towards the EuroFormula Open title after dominating race one at Monza as closest rival Alex Palou was forced to retire on the opening lap of the race.

It was the RP Motorsport drivers fifth win in a row and ninth of the season, and now sits 69 points ahead in the championship with a maximum 81 points on offer.

Palou’s race was over on the first lap after being tipped into a roll by Yu Kanamaru of Emilio de Villota Motorsport, after the Japanese driver attempted an overtaking manoeuvre on the Campos Racing driver that did not quite work out. The stewards looked at the incident but it was deemed to be just a racing accident but Palou’s championship ambitions took a major hit.

Artur Janosz took advantage of Palou’s opening lap crash to jump into second place in the championship by claiming the runners-up spot on Saturday after a race long duel with Kanamaru, Kevin Giovesi of DAV Racing and Andres Saravia of RP Motorsport. Kanamaru eventually claimed the final spot on the podium ahead of Giovesi, but Saravia’s race ended on the final lap after he spun into the gravel trap.

Campos Racing duo Konstantin Tereschenko and Sean Walkinshaw battled hard to the flag to finish nose-to-tail in fifth and sixth, while Team West-Tec F3 driver Yarin Stern made up for a bad qualifying session to finish seventh ahead of team-mate Nicholas Pohler.

Damiano Fioravanti finished ninth for BVM Racing ahead of Tanart Sathienthirakul of Team West-Tec F3, who recovered into the points after a drive-through penalty for a jump-start. With Giovesi ineligible for points, the final point on offer went to DAV Racing’s Henrique Baptista despite the Brazilian finishing eleventh.

Monza Race 1 Result

1 Sandy Stuvik THA RP Motorsport 28m53.969s
2 Artur Janosz POL RP Motorsport +12.142s
3 Yu Kanamaru JAP Emilio de Villota Motorsport +13.401s
4 Kevin Giovesi ITA DAV Racing +14.056s
5 Konstantin Tereschenko RUS Campos Racing +21.382s
6 Sean Walkinshaw GBR Campos Racing +21.759s
7 Yarin Stern ISR Team West-Tec F3 +23.431s
8 Nicholas Pohler GER Team West-Tec F3 +26.691s
9 Damiano Fioravanti ITA BVM Racing +30.707s
10 Tanart Sathienthirakul THA Team West-Tec F3 +39.746s
11 Henrique Baptista BRZ DAV Racing +40.683s
12 Costantino Peroni ITA DAV Racing +41.005s
13 Saud T. Al Faisal SAU RP Motorsport +1m10.195s
14 Christopher Hoher AUT BVM Racing +1m19.864s
15/RET Andres Saravia GTM RP Motorsport +1 Lap
16/RET William Barbosa COL Corbetta Competizioni +1 Lap
17/RET Wei Fung Thong HKG Team West-Tec F3 +4 Laps
N/C John Simonyan RUS RP Motorsport 12 Laps
RET Che-One Lim KOR Emilio de Villota Motorsport 0 Laps
RET Alex Palou ESP Campos Racing 0 Laps