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
|1||4||Jack Aitken||GBR||RP Motorsport||35m54.749s|
|2||8||Leonardo Pulcini||ITA||Campos Racing||+4.745s|
|3||62||Ferdinand Habsburg||AUT||Drivex School||+6.042s|
|4||5||Tanart Sathienthriakul||THA||RP Motorsport||+6.157s|
|5||3||Damiano Fioravanti||ITA||RP Motorsport||+8.012s|
|7||37||Igor Walilko||POL||Fortec Motorsports||+10.986s|
|8||7||Diego Menchaca||MEX||Campos Racing||+16.934s|
|10||65||Enaam Ahmed||GBR||DAV Racing||+24.685s|
|11||20||Daniel Pronenko||RUS||BVM Racing||+29.839s|
|12||11||Petru Florescu||ROM||Teo Martin Motorsport||+30.342s|
|13||10||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Teo Martin Motorsport||+30.587s|
|14||27||Kang Ling||CHN||DAV Racing||+31.070s|
|16||9||Gulhuseyn Abdullayeu||AZE||Campos Racing||+56.198s|
|17||15||JT Liang||CHN||Team West-Tec F3||+1m28.399s|
|18/RET||2||Kusiri Kantadhee||THA||RP Motorsport||+1 Lap|
|RET||6||Julio Moreno||ECU||Campos Racing||Retired|
|RET||14||Jose Manuel Vilalta||MEX||Teo Martin Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||18||Daniele Cazzaniga||ITA||DAV Racing||Retired|
|RET||1||Antoni Ptak||POL||RP Motorsport||Retired|
|RET||72||Nikita Zlobin||RUS||Teo Martin Motorsport||Retired|