Estoril EF Open: Pulcini dominates opener after first-lap drama

Leonardo Pulcini took his second win in the EuroFormula Open championship, dominating in the first race of the 2016 season at Estoril circuit.

Estoril EF Open: Pulcini dominates opener after first-lap drama

Starting from pole, the Campos Racing driver got off the line perfectly to lead the race, as front-row starter Jack Aitken was passed by a fast-starting Ferdinand Habsburg.

Behind the leading pack, GP3 driver Tatiana Calderon collided with Antoni Ptak on the start/finish line, ending both their races.

The Colombian was going for a move, but her left rear touched the right front of the Polish driver's car, as she swept across the track and hit the barriers.

On the same lap, Renault academy driver Aitken, after losing second place, was in a battle for third with Colton Herta when both made contact, sending the American into the barriers at turn 6.

While Herta’s race ended, Aitken limped back to the pits with a damaged rear wing but got back into the race, albeit running a lap down.

Up ahead, Pulcini dominated the proceedings with Habsburg ending up second and Campos' Diago Menchaca completing the podium.

Damiano Fioravanti finished fourth, after overtaking Thai Tanart Sathienthirakul midway in the 19-lap race.

Sixth-placed Igor Walilko made up eight spots, starting from 14th, his charge including a hefty battle with Kantadhee Kusiri in the opening stages, the latter settling for seventh.

Behind them, Julio Moreno, Keyvan Andres and Daniele Cazzaniga completed the top 10.

Race 1 results:

 PosDriverCar/Engine Time/Gap
 Leonardo Pulcini Dallara/Toyota 30'30.599 
 Ferdinand Habsburg Dallara/Toyota 3.662
 Diego Menchaca Dallara/Toyota 7.452
 Damiano Fioravanti Dallara/Toyota 7.947
 Tanart Sathienthirakul Dallara/Toyota 17.166
 Igor Walilko Dallara/Toyota 18.554
 Kusiri Kantadhee Dallara/Toyota 28.459
 Julio Moreno Dallara/Toyota 31.754
 Keyvan Soori Dallara/Toyota 32.671
10   Daniele Cazzaniga Dallara/Toyota 34.155
11   Nikita Zlobin Dallara/Toyota 34.970
12   Danylo Pronenko Dallara/Toyota 36.009
13   Kang Ling Dallara/Toyota 36.420
14   Petru Florescu Dallara/Toyota 39.404
15   Ameya Vaidyanathan Dallara/Toyota 39.796
16   Jose Manuel Vilalta Dallara/Toyota 50.622
17   Jack Aitken Dallara/Toyota 59.224
18   Gulhuseyen Abdullayev Dallara/Toyota 59.303
19   Hong Li Ye Dallara/Toyota  
Ret  Antoni Ptak Dallara/Toyota  
Ret  Colton Herta Dallara/Toyota  
Ret  Tatiana Calderon Dallara/Toyota  

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