Vitor Baptista took his fourth victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps to close the gap to championship leader Konstantin Tereschenko to just four points with just five races of the EuroFormula Open season to go.
Baptista jumped into the lead at the first corner following a slow getaway from Tereschenko, but the Russian got back ahead down the Kemmel Straight, before a mistake by Baptista at Les Combes allowed Tanart Sathienthirakul through into second.
RP Motorsport’s Baptista managed to claim second place back on the run down to the Bus Stop chicane on the following lap, and then cut down the lead and passed Campos Racing’s Tereschenko down the Kemmel Straight on lap five, before holding the Russian behind until the chequered flag.
Behind the top two, Team West-Tec F3’s Sathienthirakul was unable to keep hold of third, ultimately finishing fifth behind Leonardo Pulcini of DAV Racing and Yu Kanamaru of Emilio de Villota Motorsport, who both caught and passed the Thai driver.
Damiano Fioravanti was on course for sixth but a damaged front wing on his RP Motorsport machined compromised his afternoon and he was eventually forced to retire, meaning Alessio Rovera claimed sixth for DAV Racing, with Antoni Ptak of RP Motorsport getting ahead of Yarin Stern of Team West-Tec F3 for seventh, with RP Motorsport’s Andres Saravia and BVM Racing’s William Barbosa completing the points finishers.
But no-one could keep up with Baptista and Tereschenko, with the Brazilian getting the victory, and it’s looking ever more likely one of those two drivers will claim the title in 2015.
Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Result
|1||3||Vitor Baptista||BRZ||RP Motorsport||29m29.828s|
|2||6||Konstantin Tereschenko||RUS||Campos Racing||+0.535s|
|3||77||Leonardo Pulcini||ITA||DAV Racing||+11.316s|
|4||16||Yu Kanamaru||JPN||Emilio de Villota Motorsport||+11.869s|
|5||15||Tanart Sathienthirakul||THA||Team West-Tec F3||+15.793s|
|6||21||Alessio Rovera||ITA||DAV Racing||+25.621s|
|7||4||Antonio Ptak||POL||RP Motorsport||+29.501s|
|8||10||Yarin Stern||ISR||Team West-Tec F3||+30.146s|
|9||1||Andres Saravia||GTM||RP Motorsport||+33.269s|
|10||19||William Barbosa||COL||BVM Racing||+34.251s|
|11||9||Ahmad Al Ghanem||KWT||Campos Racing||+38.241s|
|12||70||Parth Ghorpade||IND||DAV Racing||+39.422s|
|14||17||Jose Manuel Vilalta||MEX||Emilio de Villota Motorsport||+1m00.461s|
|15||7||Diego Menchaca||MEX||Campos Racing||+1m19.479s|
|16||8||Henrique Baptista||BRZ||Campos Racing||+1m35.120s|
|17/RET||5||Damiano Fioravanti||ITA||RP Motorsport||+1 Lap|
|18||37||Igor Walilko||POL||RP Motorsport||+1 Lap|