Pulcini strides to race two Paul Ricard victory

Leonardo Pulcini - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Leonardo Pulcini’s excellent start to the EuroFormula Open season continued as he got the jump on pole sitter Ferdinand Habsburg at the start of race two at Paul Ricard on Sunday to take his third win in six races.

Campos Racing’s Pulcini made a good start at the French circuit to take the lead into turn one, and was always in control, edging away gradually in the opening laps to repel the challenge of Drivex School’s Habsburg, and eventually winning the fifteen-lap race by 1.485 seconds.

For the second time this weekend Diego Menchaca completed the podium, moving into third place at the start and although unable to make a genuine challenge to Habsburg, he had more than enough pace to keep Carlin’s Colton Herta behind him until the chequered flag.

Antoni Ptak won the battle of the RP Motorsport drivers ahead of team-mate Tanart Sathienthirakul, but Damiano Fioravanti was left disappointed after running ahead of the trio in fifth before he slipped backwards, and ultimately crawled to a halt on the final lap to drop out of the points completely.

Igor Walilko had also found a way past Fioravanti before the Italians retirement, and finished seventh for Fortec Motorsports, while Julio Moreno got the best of a great tussle to take eighth ahead of Keyvan Andres and Kusiri Kantadhee.

After qualifying sixth, RP Motorsport’s Enaad Ahmed was eliminated on the opening lap after being spun around after suffering a puncture down the first part of the back straight into the chicane.

Paul Ricard Race 2 Result

18Leonardo PulciniITACampos Racing30:46.240
262Ferdinand HabsburgAUTDrivex School+1.485
37Diego MenchacaMEXCampos Racing+2.886
498Colton HertaUSACarlin+4.627
51Antoni PtakPOLRP Motorsport+14.006
65Tanart SathienthriakulTHARP Motorsport+16.848
737Igor WalilkoPOLFortec Motorsports+18.605
86Julio MorenoECUCampos Racing+25.414
947Keyvan AndresGERCarlin+28.925
102Kusiri KantadheeTHARP Motorsport+29.506
1172Nikita ZlobinRUSTeo Martin Motorsport+31.689
1227Kang LingCHNDAV Racing+32.239
1318Riccardo CazzanigaITADAV Racing+33.692
1412Vladimir AtoevRUSTeo Martin Motorsport+38.957
1520Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing+40.556
169Gulhuseyn AbdullayeuAZECampos Racing+50.677
1715JT LiangCHNTeam West-Tec F3+1:02.986
18/RET3Damiano FioravantiITARP Motorsport+1 Lap
RET14Jose-Manuel VilaltaMEXTeo Martin MotorsportRetired
RET4Enaam AhmedGBRRP MotorsportRetired
DNS51Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlinDid not Start