Dominant Pulcini secures opening Estoril victory

by Paul Hensby

After storming to pole position earlier in the day, Leonardo Pulcini dominated the opening race of the EuroFormula Open season at Estoril, with the Campos Racing driver winning with relative ease by 3.662s.

Pulcini drove superbly away from pole, settling into a good rhythm and not putting a foot wrong throughout, with Ferdinand Habsburg his closest challenger for Drivex School, although the Austrian was not able to challenge the Italian for the victory despite making an outstanding start from fourth on the grid.

The first lap saw two of the top four from qualifying collide, with Colton Herta ending his race after heavy contact first with Jack Aitken and then with the wall. The Carlin driver was able to walk away unscathed, while Aitken took his RP Motorsport machine to the pits for repairs.

The clash allowed Diego Menchaca to take third for Campos Racing, completing a good day for the Spanish team, with the Mexican holding off the challenge of Damiano Fioravanti of RP Motorsport to the chequered flag.

Tanart Sathienthirakul claimed fifth in another of the RP Motorsports entries, ahead of Igor Walilko of Fortec Motorsports, who claimed points on the team’s debut in the championship.

Kusiri Kantadhee was seventh for RP ahead of Campos Racing’s Julio Moreno, while Carlin secured points on their own series debut in ninth with Keyvan Andres, ahead of DAV Racing’s Daniele Cazzaniga.

As well as Herta and Aitken’s collision on the opening lap, there was also a clash on the run down to the first corner between RP Motorsport’s Antoni Ptak and Teo Martin Motorsport’s Tatiana Calderon that ended both drivers races.

Estoril Race 1 Result

18Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing30m30.599s
262Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School+3.662s
37Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing+7.452s
43Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport+7.947s
55Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport+17.166s
637Igor WalilkoPOLFortec Motorsports+18.554s
72Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport+28.459s
86Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing+31.754s
947Keyvan AndresGERCarlin+32.671s
1018Daniele CazzanigaITADAV Racing+34.155s
1172Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport+34.970s
1220Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing+36.009s
1327Kang LingCHNDAV Racing+36.420s
1411Petru FlorescuROMTeo Martin Motorsport+39.404s
1551Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+39.796s
1614Jose-Manuel VilaltaMEXTeo Martin Motorsport+50.622s
174Jack AitkenGBRRP Motorsport+59.224s
189Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing+59.303s
19/RET21Ye HongliCHNBVM Racing+1 Lap
RET1Antoni PtakPOLRP MotorsportRetired
RET10Tatiana CalderonCOLTeo Martin MotorsportRetired
RET98Colton HertaUSACarlinRetired

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