Felipe Drugovich Dominates Season Opener at Estoril

by Paul Hensby
Felipe Drugovich - RP Motorsport

Felipe Drugovich led from start to finish to win the opening race of the EuroFormula Open season at the Circuito de Estoril on Saturday, with the Brazilian dominating from lights out to chequered flag.

The RP Motorsport driver was untroubled throughout, and ultimately clinched victory by 6.690 seconds over Matheus Iorio, with the Carlin Motorsport also having a relatively straightforward run to second.

One of the stars early on in the race was Cameron Das, who climbed from sixth to fourth on the opening couple of turns, before edging ahead of Marcos Siebert on lap two.  He pulled a small gap out on the Argentine racer but saw him come back at him in the closing laps, the duo finishing just 0.102 seconds apart at the chequered flag.

Bent Viscaal forced Guilherme Samaia into an early mistake to grab fifth position on track for Teo Martin Motorsport, with the Dutchman then pulling away from the Brazilian as he came under attack from first Lukas Dunner and then Jannes Fittje.

Dunner managed to find a way ahead of the RP Motorsport driver to claim sixth place, but Fittje could not follow suit, with the Drivex School racer being forced to settle for eighth behind Samaia, while Yves Baltas of Campos Racing took ninth.

Aldo Festante finished tenth on the road but a one-second time penalty for track limit offences meant he dropped behind RP Motorsport team-mate Michael Benyahia in the final result, with the Moroccan claiming the final point on offer as a result.

There was only one retirement from the race, with Petru Florescu enduring a tough afternoon for Fortec Motorsports, running off track a few times before retiring in the pits with damage.

Circuito de Estoril Race 1 Result

14Felipe DrugovichBRZRP Motorsport30:22.577
234Matheus IorioBRZCarlin+6.690
328Cameron DasUSACarlin+12.880
418Marcus SiebertARGCampos Racing+12.982
510Bent ViscaalNEDTeo Martin Motorsport+19.994
68Lukas DunnerAUTDrivex School+23.212
777Guilherme SamaiaBRZRP Motorsport+32.420
87Jannes FittjeGERDrivex School+32.539
915Yves BaltasUSACampos Racing+37.133
103Michael BenyahiaMORRP Motorsport+39.358
1151Aldo FestanteITARP Motorsport+40.346
1212Christian HahnBRZDrivex School+40.959
131Alex KarkosikPOLRP Motorsport+41.888
1421Calan WilliamsAUSFortec Motorsport+43.022
1532Moritz Muller-CrepponSWITeo Martin Motorsport+58.084
RET19Petru FlorescuROMFortec MotorsportRetired

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