Shlom takes opening victory after late Fittje spin

Yan Shlom (centre) won race one at Paul Ricard - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

Russian Yan Leon Shlom took advantage of a spin from Fortec Motorsports team-mate Jannes Fittje to take victory in race one of EuroFormula Open’s Winter Series at Paul Ricard, a race held in extremely tricky conditions.

The race began behind the safety car with Fittje in the lead, and it appeared that the German was in control of the race once the green flag fell, only to see his team-mate close in.

Shlom had started the race in fifth but moved quickly ahead of both Harrison Scott and Thiago Vivacqua before putting a move on lap five on Nikita Troitskiy to run second.

Just two seconds separated them heading onto the penultimate lap, but a spin from Fittje allowed Shlom to take the lead, a position he would hold onto until the chequered flag despite conditions worsening once more, ultimately winning by 7.122 seconds.

Troitskiy survived his own moments to take the final spot on the podium for Drivex School, ending up 24.726 seconds down, but over 15-seconds clear of Scott, who also found himself spinning around mid-race as he chased down the Russian ahead of him.

Scott’s spin had put him behind Vivacqua, but the Campos Racing driver could not hold onto that position, dropping back behind the British RP Motorsport driver and finishing fifth on the road, while Pedro Cardoso completed the top six for Teo Martin Motorsport, with the Brazilian set to start race two from pole position as a result.

Seventh on the road was Carlin MotorsportsDevlin De Francesco, ahead of Eliseo Martinez of Teo Martin Motorsport, while Alexey Chuklin of Fortec Motorsports and Lodovico Laurini of RP Motorsport completed the top ten.

Paul Ricard Race 1 Result

119Yan ShlomRUSFortec Motorsport14 Laps
218Jannes FittjeGERFortec Motorsport+7.122
316Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School+24.726
410Harrison ScottGBRRP Motorsport+39.961
53Thiago VivacquaBRZCampos Racing+42.738
643Pedro CardosoBRZTeo Martin Motorsport+45.436
717Devlin De FrancescoCANCarlin+50.554
842Eliseo MartinezESPTeo Martin Motorsport+1:01.490
920Alexey ChuklinUKRFortec Motorsport+1:13.368
108Lodovico LauriniITARP Motorsport+1:36.527
1124Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+1:40.866
1244Javier CobianESPTeo Martin Motorsport+1:41.995
134Matheus IorioBRZCampos Racing+2:17.201
RET12Christian HahnBRZDrivex SchoolRetired
RET1Petru FlorescuROMCampos RacingRetired
RET9Kane ShepherdTHARP MotorsportRetired
RET2Simo LaaksonenFINCampos RacingRetired
RET22Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM RacingRetired