Estoril EF Open: Aitken thwarts Pulcini to take maiden win

Renault academy driver Jack Aitken took a lights-to-flag victory in the second race of the EuroFormula Open weekend, beating Race 1 winner Leonardo Pulcini at Estoril.

Estoril EF Open: Aitken thwarts Pulcini to take maiden win

After clinching pole earlier on Sunday, the British-Korean driver got off the line at ease, taking a commanding lead from front-row starter Pulcini.

Aitken then controlled the 19-lap race, taking his maiden EF Open win, with Race 1 winner Pulcini 9.256s adrift.

The final podium position went to Damiano Fioravanti, as the fight for fourth raged on between Diego Menchaca and Colton Herta.

The race-long battle saw the Mexican soaking in the pressure from the American, as they crossed the line 0.226s apart.

After a first-lap retirement in the first race, Tatiana Calderon was on pace in the second race, as she finished sixth.

The Colombian cleared Ferdinand Habsburg at the start, with the Austrian then setting out after the Teo Martin driver, before making a mistake at Turn 2, going off, onto the grass and dropping down to ninth.

Fortec driver Igor Walilko, who made up eight places in Saturday’s race, ended up seventh. The Polish driver closed in on Calderon towards the end, but was left with little time to attack.

Julio Moreno ended up eighth ahead of Habsburg at ninth, while Keyvan Andres completed the top 10 in a fairly incident-free race at the Portuguese circuit.

Race 2 results:

PosDriver Car/Engine Time/Gap
 Jack Aitken Dallara/Toyota 30'08.185 
 Leonardo Pulcini Dallara/Toyota 9.256
 Damiano Fioravanti Dallara/Toyota 10.964
 Diego Menchaca Dallara/Toyota 15.930
 Colton Herta Dallara/Toyota 16.156
 Tatiana Calderón Dallara/Toyota 21.910
 Igor Walilko Dallara/Toyota 24.852
 Julio Moreno Dallara/Toyota 27.043
 Ferdinand Habsburg Dallara/Toyota 27.626
10   Keyvan Soori Dallara/Toyota 30.574
11   Kang Ling Dallara/Toyota 32.046
12   Ameya Vaidyanathan Dallara/Toyota 34.636
13   Kusiri Kantadhee Dallara/Toyota 39.313
14   Hong Li Ye Dallara/Toyota 41.191
15   Tanart Sathienthirakul Dallara/Toyota 42.216
16   Nikita Zlobin Dallara/Toyota 42.952
17   Danylo Pronenko Dallara/Toyota 50.477
18   Daniele Cazzaniga Dallara/Toyota 51.512
19   Petru Florescu Dallara/Toyota 1'00.659
20   Jose Manuel Vilalta Dallara/Toyota 1'07.765
21   Gulhuseyn Abdullayev Dallara/Toyota 1'09.286
Ret  Antoni Ptak Dallara/Toyota  
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