Euroformula Open hits the midseason mark in style at the Hungaroring


The Formula 3-based series goes from strength-to-strength at the Hungaroring, the circuit in the outskirts of Budapest. 12 different nationalities among teams and drivers are expected on the starting grid. Florescu makes switch to Fortec and Hyman joins Campos Racing for Euroformula Open debut  

The Euroformula Open heads to Mogyoród (Hungary) for its last round before taking its traditional summer shutdown. The Hungaroring, which hosted the first F.1 Grand Prix behind the Iron Curtain in 1986, is dimmed as “Monaco without the walls” because of its tight, twisty nature. Not surprisingly, the Hungarian venue is among the slower circuits on the calendar. As races are usually run in extremely hot weather, Hungaroring is a true challenge for drivers and cars.

The 18-car field at Hungaroring features another stellar entry list with a roster of young, talented drivers. Romanian Petru Florescu is set to make a midseason team switch from Campos Racing to Fortec Motorsports. On the other hand, South Africa’s Raoul Hyman, aged 21, will be added to Campos Racing line-up in Hungary. Hyman is an experienced driver who has fared well after bursting on the international scene two years ago and will make his Euroformula Open debut next weekend.  

After three rounds, Briton Harrison Scott (RP Motorsport) left Le Castellet leading the Drivers’ standings on 151 points. Behind him, Indian Ameya Vaidyanathan (Carlin) still sits second ahead of Russian Nikita Troitskiy (Drivex), 85 points to 76. Further adrift, Germany’s Jannes Fittje and Canada’s Devlin DeFrancesco lie fourth and fifth in the standings with 57 and 53 points respectively. The Rookie class provides another equally hard-fought contest with Troitskiy leading the way on 46 points ahead of Fittje and DeFrancesco, 40 points to 32. Florescu and teenage Spaniard Eliseo Martínez (Teo Martín Motorsport) round off the top-five on 20 and 14 points respectively. Finally, RP Motorsport heads the rankings in the Teams’ Championship table on 58 points ahead of Carlin Motorsport and Drivex, on 39 and 28 points.

Campos Racing will have its four-car entry once again in Hungary as newcomer Hyman will join the regular Euroformula Open drivers Thiago Vivacqua, Matheus Iorio and Simo Laaksonen. The Brazilian duo of Vivacqua and Iorio had podium finishes at Estoril and Spa-Francorchamps but they both were gutted to miss out on another rostrum place at Circuit Paul Ricard. Laaksonen’s goal is to pick up as many championship points as possible again.

RP Motorsport and Scott are eager to continue riding their wave of momentum on Hungarian soil. Scott has won five out of six races this season and the Briton ace still looks like the man to beat but his rivals won’t be making it easy for him. His teammates, Poland’s Alex Karkosik and Italy’s Lodovico Laurini, expect to see continued improvement. It’s worth mentioning that Karkosik raced to a strong double points finish in France.

Carlin will enter their three-car line up once again for Vaidyanathan, DeFrancesco and Tarun Reddy. Vaidyanathan’s solid season performance is reflected in three podiums to his name including a maiden race win in the series at legendary Spa-Francorchamps. DeFrancesco is another talent on the rise and the Canadian racer will another driver to watch out for. Vaidyanathan’s fellow countryman Reddy targets points next weekend once again.

Drivex and its duo of Troitskiy and Christian Hahn are aiming to improve on their strong season start in the Euroformula Open. Troitskiy’s effort at Circuit Paul Ricard helped him to propel up to third in the Drivers’ standings but a maiden win is still the first thought in his mind. Hahn scored precious points in the season opener and feels optimistic ahead of Round 4. 

Fortec Motorsports has entrusted its two-car effort to Fittje and Florescu, who have proven to be quick and reliable drivers. Fittje secured his first podium finish in the Euroformula Open earlier this month and Florescu has gotten into the points in every race this year.

Teo Martín Motorsport will line up their two Dallara F312 cars for Brazil’s Pedro Cardoso and Martínez. Cardoso scored one point by finishing tenth in France. On the other hand, Martínez earned another season-high finish on the same weekend to secure his second podium in Rookie class.

BVM Racing will enter two cars into next weekend for Daniil Pronenko and another driver to be announced later. Russian Pronenko put on his best performance of the season at Paul Ricard and expects to continue on his way toward the front next weekend.

The Hungaroring rich racing programme will include the F3-based racing championship partnering its sister series, the International GT Open, in addition to the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, the Radical European Master and the Lotus Cup. To the joy of the spectators, they are able to see most of the circuit from anywhere.

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