Aitken battles to opening Spa-Francorchamps victory

Jack Aitken - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Jack Aitken took his second victory of the EuroFormula Open season after coming out on top following an exciting battle with Leonardo Pulcini.

The British driver had started in fourth and quickly rose up to second ahead of Ferdinand Habsburg, before a safety car intervention on the second lap meant he was on the back of Pulcini at the restart.

The safety car was called upon as Nikita Zlobin found himself upside down in his Teo Martin Motorsport machine at Raidillon, while at the end of the Kemmel Straight Antoni Ptak found himself out of the race following an incident involving Colton Herta and Igor Walilko.

On the restart, RP Motorsport’s Aitken challenged Campos Racing’s Pulcini, with the two switching places several times over the next few laps before Aitken got the decisive move completed, leaving Pulcini behind and winning by 4.745s at the chequered flag.

Pulcini was left to defend from Ferdinand Habsburg over the closing laps, with the Austrian unable to make a move for position stick heading down the Kemmel Straight on the last lap, running across the run-off area and allowing Pulcini back ahead where he would remain.

Habsburg would just about hold onto the final spot on the podium as well, the Drivex School driver finishing just 0.115s ahead of RP Motorsport’s Tanart Sathienthirakul, while Damiano Fioravanti made it three RP cars in the top five.

Herta and Walilko survived the clash with Ptak and battled it out until the chequered flag, the Carlin driver finishing just ahead of the Fortec Motorsports driver, while Diego Menchaca finished eighth for Campos Racing despite having started from the pit lane after failing to get away from his third place on the grid on the formation lap.

Keyvan Andres finished in the points in ninth for Carlin, with Enaad Ahmed completing the top ten for DAV Racing on his EuroFormula Open debut.

Spa-Francorchamps Race 1 Result

14Jack AitkenGBRRP Motorsport35m54.749s
28Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing+4.745s
362Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School+6.042s
45Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport+6.157s
53Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport+8.012s
698Colton HertaUSACarlin+10.432s
737Igor WalilkoPOLFortec Motorsports+10.986s
87Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing+16.934s
947Keyvan AndresGERCarlin+23.698s
1065Enaam AhmedGBRDAV Racing+24.685s
1120Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing+29.839s
1211Petru FlorescuROMTeo Martin Motorsport+30.342s
1310Tatiana CalderonCOLTeo Martin Motorsport+30.587s
1427Kang LingCHNDAV Racing+31.070s
1551Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+43.701s
169Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing+56.198s
1715JT LiangCHNTeam West-Tec F3+1m28.399s
18/RET2Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport+1 Lap
RET6Julio MorenoECUCampos RacingRetired
RET14Jose Manuel VilaltaMEXTeo Martin MotorsportRetired
RET18Daniele CazzanigaITADAV RacingRetired
RET1Antoni PtakPOLRP MotorsportRetired
RET72Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin MotorsportRetired