Vivacqua leads Campos 1-2 in Hungary after Super Start

Thiago Vivacqua took victory in the opening race at the Hungaroring - Credit: FOTOSPEEDY

A great start from Thiago Vivacqua propelled him into the lead at the Hungaroring on Saturday, with the Brazilian going on to claim his maiden EuroFormula Open victory.

The Campos Racing driver managed to pass team-mates Raoul Hyman and Simo Laaksonen into turn one, and although unable to pull away from the chasing pack, Vivacqua triumphed by 0.680 seconds.

Laaksonen had by far his most impressive race of the season so far, making it a Campos Racing 1-2, but Hyman fell off the podium around mid-distance when the impressive Nikita Troitskiy found a way passed the South African, passing around the outside of turn one.

Troitskiy quickly closed the gap to Laaksonen ahead but the Drivex School racer was unable to make any more gains, having already jumped from sixth on the grid to run fourth at the start.

Jannes Fittje secured fifth for Fortec Motorsports Fortec Motorsports, finishing just 3.815 seconds off the winner, but sixth placed Tarun Reddy was unable to keep in touch, with the Carlin driver finishing 4.373 seconds down on Fittje, but 4.006 seconds clear of the battle for seventh.

Seventh went the way of Fortec Motorsports’ Petru Florescu, who was forced to fend off the challenge of Carlin’s Devlin De Francesco until the chequered flag, while Harrison Scott, the current championship leader, could only finish ninth having started fourteenth for RP Motorsport.

Despite crashing during qualifying earlier in the day, Pedro Cardoso completed the top ten for Teo Martin Motorsport, just ahead of team-mate Eliseo Martinez Merono and Drivex School’s Christian Hahn.

The only incident of note took place on the opening turn on lap one, when Alex Karkosik and Matheus Iorio clashed, with the latter suffering a broken suspension in the crash that left his right-rear wheel on top of his chassis.

Unfortunately for Ameya Vaidyanathan behind, he had nowhere to go and the Carlin driver was also eliminated from the race with damage, while Daniel Pronenko suffered front wing damage, with Karkosik able to continue, albeit towards the rear of the field.

Hungaroring Race 1 Result

12Thiago VivacquaBRZCampos Racing28:09.872s
23Simo LaaksonenFINCampos Racing+0.680s
316Nikita TroitskiyRUSDrivex School+1.241s
41Raoul HymanRSACampos Racing+2.596s
518Jannes FittjeGERFortec Motorsport+3.815s
614Tarun ReddyINDCarlin+8.188s
720Petru FlorescuROMFortec Motorsport+12.194s
817Devlin De FrancescoCANCarlin+12.598s
910Harrison ScottGBRRP Motorsport+13.042s
1043Pedro CardosoBRZTeo Martin Motorsport+13.554s
1142Eliseo Martinez MeronoESPTeo Martin Motorsport+14.470s
1212Christian HahnBRZDrivex School+16.392s
1311Alex KarkosikPOLRP Motorsport+16.854s
148Lodovico LauriniITARP Motorsport+25.526s
1522Daniel PronenkoRUSBVM Racing+1:26.666s
RET24Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlinRetired
RET34Matheus IorioBRZCampos RacingRetired