Devlin Defrancesco has doubled up on podiums for Carlin this weekend having taken a further second position this afternoon as the weekend’s racing action at Silverstone in the Euroformula Open Championship came to a conclusion.
The Canadian racer had qualified on the front row of the grid for the race and didn’t look back as he crossed the line to take his second podium of the weekend and a fantastic haul of points. Team mate Ameya Vaidyanathan improved well on his starting position to take eighth overall while Guilherme Samaia suffered bad luck with an issue on the starting grid bringing him in to the pits before the race had started – the Brazilian returned to the race to finish a few laps down in 16th.
Following a strong qualifying show for Defrancesco this morning, the Canadian lined up on the front row of the grid confident of replicating his great podium finish yesterday. As it was off the line, he was once again a great starter and kept his position as he took his Carlin car through the first corner. A little further back, Vaidyanathan was also making progress in tenth as he looked to consolidate what was an out of position qualifying for the Indian racer. However it was heartbreak for Samaia who found himself pushed back in to the pit lane before the formation lap began with an issue which sadly kept him in the pits until the team were able to send him out a few laps later.
Over the next few laps, Vaidyanathan was one of many on the grid to benefit from a coming together for Campos drivers Matheus Iorio and Cameron Das which moved him nicely up to eighth – giving him the opportunity to chase down Tiago Vivacqua ahead. The pair fought between themselves with Vaidyanathan taking seventh before losing the place again and slotting in behind as the race began to calm somewhat.
At the front, Defrancesco had held a good gap to Jannes Fittje and was running a race in relatively clean air around him. Very few moves for positions occurred over the final laps of the race and it was Defrancesco who took another brilliant second position as his own with Vaidyanathan crossing the line in eighth. Samaia meanwhile used his race as an opportunity gain valuable experience in the car having lost time in the pits – eventually crossing the line in 16th.
Speaking of his race Defrancesco said, “I had a very good start and that was really going to be my only chance to catch Harrison Scott. I followed him for a few laps but wasn’t really able to keep the pace so knew that my priority had to become bringing the car home to get those championship points and also look after my tyres. The team have done a brilliant job all weekend so I’m thankful for that and I feel really confident heading in to the next round at Monza. It’s just a case of continuing to bring in those podiums, points and achieving the maximum.”