Tereschenko controls Estoril opener for win number three

Konstantin Tereschenko confirmed his status as current EuroFormula Open championship favourite by taking his third victory of the season in the first race at Estoril.

The Russian driver, racing for Campos Racing, converted his pole position to take victory ahead of Yarin Stern, although the Israeli driver was promoted to that position when Vitor Baptista was handed a ten-second penalty for failing to slow down under a yellow flag after William Barbosa spun into the gravel trap.

Similar penalties handed out to Leonardo Pulcini, Antoni Ptak, Ahmad Al Ghanem, Diego Mencheca, John Simonyan and Alessio Rovera.

The top four of the race were close throughout the race, with Tereschenko holding off RP Motorsport’s Baptista, with Team West-Tec F3’s Stern and Emilio de Villota Motorsport’s Yu Kanamaru close behind. Kanamaru inherited the final podium spot due to Baptista’s penalty, with the Brazilian ending the race classified fourth.

Pulcini would have been fifth had it not been for his penalty, which left Tanart Sathienthirakul fifth for West-Tec ahead of Damiano Fioravanti, Igor Walilko and Andres Saravia of RP Motorsport, with Pulcini falling to ninth. Saravia lost a couple of places on the final lap after a spin whilst battling Sathienthirakul.

Mencheca’s penalty did not change his finishing position, with the Mexican racer finishing tenth for Campos Racing, although just 0.040s ahead of Russian debutant Alexey Chuklin of Corbetta Competizioni.

Tereschenko’s victory increases his championship lead over Vitor Baptista to eighteen points, with race two of the weekend in Portugal taking place on Sunday.

Estoril Race 1 Result

16Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing30m32.064s
210Yarin SternISRTeam West-Tec F3+2.480s
316Yu KanamaruJPNEmilio de Villota Motorsport+3.428s
43Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport+10.325s
515Tanart SathienthirakulTHATeam West-Tec F3+15.642s
65Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport+16.837s
737Igor WalilkoPOLRP Motorsport+17.422s
81Andres SaraviaGTMRP Motorsport+20.274s
977Leonardo PulciniITADAV Racing+20.800s
107Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing+37.458s
1124Alexey ChuklinRUSCorbetta Competizioni+37.498s
1218Michael DorrbeckerMEXEmilio de Villota Motorsport+39.961s
1320Alessio RoveraITABVM Racing+40.923s
148Henrique BaptistaBRZCampos Racing+45.172s
159Ahmad Al GhanemKWTCampos Racing+55.258s
164Antonio PtakPOLRP Motorsport+55.883s
RET17Jose Manuel VilaltaMEXEmilio de Villota Motorsport11 Laps
RET2John SimonyanRUSMKTG8 Laps
RET19William BarbosaCOLBVM Racing1 Lap