• Luigi Sebastiano De Blasi

Euroformula Open | Review: Crawford Leaves Imola on a High, Staněk OK

On Euroformula Open’s championship fifth round, some good racing action took place at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari of Imola, Italy, as the championship was racing there in support of the ACI (Automobile Club d’Italia) Racing Weekend, with the International GT Open also being there as usual.


Motopark’s Jak Crawford (USA) leading the start of Race 1| © 2018 GT Sport


With the engines slightly down on power because of the great heat, Qualifying got underway. Midway through the session, the newcomer from FIA F3, Motopark's Roman Staněk Jr. (CZE) had to stop on track. It was Motopark's Jak Crawford (USA) to claim pole in 1:34.886. We do not know yet if he will be in contention for the championship title - considering his clashing committments with FIA Formula 3 - but he surely looks consistent with his Qualifying pace. Even more than just consistent looked Van Amersfoort's Cem Bölükbaşı (TUR), who keeps on improving session after session. The Turkish driver got in fact to P3, right behind a full American-Motopark first row, rounded out by the championship leader Cameron Das.


Qualy Result:

1 CRAWFORD Jak USA Team Motopark 1:34.886

2 DAS Cameron USA Team Motopark 1:35.409

3 BÖLÜKBAŞI Cem TUR Van Amersfoort Racing 1:35.550

4 FOSTER Louis GBR Cryptotower Racing Team 1:35.639

5 VILLAGÓMEZ Rafael MEX Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.022

6 STANĚK Roman CZE Team Motopark 1:36.136

7 STEVENSON Casper GBR Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.310

8 AZMAN Nazim MYS Cryptotower Racing Team 1:36.327

9 MASON Josh GBR Double R Racing 1:36.479

10 TRULLI Enzo ITA Carlin 1:36.554

11 KAMINIARZ Filip POL Cryptotower Racing Team 1:36.576

12 CHOVANEC Zdenek POR Double R Racing 1:36.950

13 OXLEY Branden GBR Drivex School 1:37.842

14 SCIONTI Enzo USA Drivex School 1:37.851



At the end of the first lap (out of 20 laps in total) of Race 1, there was contact between Van Amersfoort's Casper Stevenson (UK), Double R's Joshua Mason (UK) and Cryptotower's Nazim Azman (MYS) while the trio was fighting for P7: Stevenson ran into the back of Mason, who crashed out at the entry of Rivazza and by spinning clipped Azman's front wing. There was then a congested group of 4 cars fighting for P2: Bölükbaşı, Das, Cryptotower's Louis Foster (UK) & Staněk. The Turkish man got Das at the start at the inside of the entry of Tamburello (turn 2) for P2. On lap 5, Cameron tried to counter-attack, Bölükbaşı defended well and Das found himself P4 as he was got round the outside by Foster at the exit of Tamburello (turn 4).

On lap 8 Cryptotower's Filip Kaminiarz (POL) suffered a crash which from the outside looked to be caused by some sort of failure in his car while he was driving in P8. The safety car was deployed. After the safety car period, on lap 17 Bölükbaşı went off on the gravel at Piratella (turn 8) and lost a place to Foster. As Cem rejoined the track, Das could not get the most out of this situation: the American tried to get closer on Bölükbaşı, but had the opposite effect of being slowed down by the car in front and thence being passed by a vivacious Staněk behind at Variante Alta (turn 12).

Crawford won while fireworks were being thrown on track with two contacts happening in the last two laps: Azman hit Carlin's Enzo Trulli (ITA) while in the race for P7 at Variante Alta and the two Drivex team-mates Branden Lee Oxley (UK) and Enzo Scionti (US) - racing for P10 - collided at the entry of Tamburello (turn 2) with Oxley hitting the inside of his team-mate.


Race 1 Result:

1 CRAWFORD Jak USA Team Motopark

2 FOSTER Louis GBR Cryptotower Racing Team 9.646

3 BÖLÜKBAŞI Cem TUR Van Amersfoort Racing 14.018

4 STANĚK Roman CZE Team Motopark 14.419

5 DAS Cameron USA Team Motopark 14.795

6 VILLAGÓMEZ Rafael MEX Van Amersfoort Racing 17.800

7 CHOVANEC Zdenek POR Double R Racing 31.231

8 TRULLI Enzo ITA Carlin 39.646

9 SCIONTI Enzo USA Drivex School 1 lap

10 OXLEY Branden GBR Drivex School 1 lap

11 AZMAN Nazim MYS Cryptotower Racing Team 2 laps

12 STEVENSON Casper GBR Van Amersfoort Racing 2 laps

RET KAMINIARZ Filip POL Cryptotower Racing Team 13 laps

RET MASON Josh GBR Double R Racing




Race 2 got underway… not for Double R's Zdenek Chovanec (POR) as he stalled on the grid, albeit recovered a couple of places already in the following laps. On the second lap, Das suffered a left rear puncture while being P6, while Crawford's recovery was just triggered, he got both Foster and Stevenson in two laps: P3 then. Staněk was also on a run as he got Van Amersfoort's Rafael Villagómez (MEX) for the lead, with the Mexican then being already caught by the other Motopark of Crawford a lap later.

Another unlucky boy was Trulli: just as he had found his way to P5 on Foster, his airbox cork decided to broke which meant he had to pit for repairs. All this being considered, Kaminiarz certainly has not got that much luck in Imola: two races and two failures. His right rear suspension broke as he ran hard on a kerb. What a debut for Roman Staněk Jr. who managed the pressurising Crawford behind and won! Villagómez rounded the podium out.


Race 2 Result:

1 STANĚK Roman CZE Team Motopark

2 CRAWFORD Jak USA Team Motopark 0.125

3 VILLAGÓMEZ Rafael MEX Van Amersfoort Racing 14.886

4 BÖLÜKBAŞI Cem TUR Van Amersfoort Racing 15.426

5 FOSTER Louis GBR Cryptotower Racing Team 19.253

6 STEVENSON Casper GBR Van Amersfoort Racing 21.102

7 AZMAN Nazim MYS Cryptotower Racing Team 22.463

8 MASON Josh GBR Double R Racing 27.544

9 OXLEY Branden GBR Drivex School 37.742

10 SCIONTI Enzo USA Drivex School 38.171

11 CHOVANEC Zdenek POR Double R Racing 39.581

12 TRULLI Enzo ITA Carlin 1 lap

13 DAS Cameron USA Team Motopark 1 lap

RET KAMINIARZ Filip POL Cryptotower Racing Team 5 laps



Lap 1 out of 20 of Race 3 and the cars got smoothly underway, apart from Chovanec who locked wheels at the exit of the variante Villeneuve and accompanied Oxley on the gravel with him. On the following lap, Trulli started to struggle in P3: Das got him splendidly round the outside at the exit of le Acque Minerali (turn 10), then chaos happened at Rivazza. Foster touched Trulli's rear wing while trying to get P4 and then all three Van Amersfoort cars (Bölükbaşı, Stevenson and Villagómez) crashed in a weird queue which formed at Rivazza 2, as Trulli had thrown a cloud of gravel on track and everyone had to slow down out of the blue and so the safety car was deployed. Trulli retired in the pits and later in the race Villagómez too was evenly forced to do so.


At the restart, Crawford ran into some oil at the entry of Rivazza, which made him lose ground to Staněk behind. The Czech though was in front of the leader at the start-finish line and was declared under investigation for that. Apparently he gave the Red Bull junior the place back three laps later. "Jetpak Jak" made it 2 out of 3, ergo good recovery of points in the championship. Great weekend for Roman Staněk Jr.: P2 for him in Race 3 and a win in Race 2. Cameron Das manages to bring a sweated P3 home, as both Foster and Azman were pressurising him: this meant 1-2-3 for Team Motopark.


Race 3 Starting Grid:

1 CRAWFORD Jak USA Team Motopark 1:35.303

2 STANĚK Roman CZE Team Motopark 1:35.379

3 TRULLI Enzo ITA Carlin 1:35.834

4 DAS Cameron USA Team Motopark 1:36.006

5 FOSTER Louis GBR Cryptotower Racing Team 1:36.171

6 AZMAN Nazim MYS Cryptotower Racing Team 1:36.220

7 BÖLÜKBAŞI Cem TUR Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.424

8 VILLAGÓMEZ Rafael MEX Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.538

9 STEVENSON Casper GBR Van Amersfoort Racing 1:36.559

10 CHOVANEC Zdenek POR Double R Racing 1:36.691

11 MASON Josh GBR Double R Racing 1:36.873

12 OXLEY Branden GBR Drivex School 1:37.071

13 KAMINIARZ Filip POL Cryptotower Racing Team 1:37.109

14 SCIONTI Enzo USA Drivex School 1:37.391


Race 3 Result:

1 CRAWFORD Jak USA Team Motopark

2 STANĚK Roman CZE Team Motopark 4.222

3 DAS Cameron USA Team Motopark 14.238

4 FOSTER Louis GBR Cryptotower Racing Team 15.902

5 AZMAN Nazim MYS Cryptotower Racing Team 16.325

6 OXLEY Branden GBR Drivex School 47.325

7 CHOVANEC Zdenek POR Double R Racing 48.960

8 STEVENSON Casper GBR Van Amersfoort Racing 51.216

9 KAMINIARZ Filip POL Cryptotower Racing Team 52.636

10 SCIONTI Enzo USA Drivex School 53.686

11 MASON Josh GBR Double R Racing 1'06.537

RET VILLAGÓMEZ Rafael MEX Van Amersfoort Racing 10 Laps

RET TRULLI Enzo ITA Carlin 19 Laps

RET BÖLÜKBAŞI Cem TUR Van Amersfoort Racing 19 Laps


Motopark’s Roman Staněk Jr. (CZE) | © instagram.com/romanstanekofficial/


This is what the winner from Race 2, the newcomer Roman Staněk Jr. had to say on his victory: "So yeah, it was a tough race: some nice battling, so I’m happy to win in this car because it's so nice to drive and it feels really good to drive."


"The organisation (of Euroformula Open) is good, the car as I said it's so good to drive and that's it: team is good, car is good, organisation is good, all is good, so now I just need to improve some steps on my driving and I think we will be on the top... top top!"


“Some corners I was stronger, some corners I saw Jak was a bit quicker, so it was bit of the same pace from me and from Jak. I just needed to calm down just a bit to make every lap the same, and then I figured we will be really fast and could be already looking forward to race three so we see the pace of race three.”


“The tyres, they were quite good, they hold quite long, so I think with the times, we burned the fuel during the laps, the car is getting faster and faster, obviously there is not a lot of degradation in these tyres [compared] to what I’m used to, so the car was good, always good, I had no problems.”


Below are available a Tik Tok-standings’-update and further below, the updated standings themselves after the Imola round:


Euroformula Open Drivers' Standings:

1 Cameron Das 🇺🇲 Motopark-Spiess 228

2 Louis Foster 🇬🇧 CryptoTower-Spiess 224

3 Jak Crawford 🇺🇲 Motopark-Spiess 180

4 Nazim Azman 🇲🇾 Cryptotower-Spiess 175

5 Casper Stevenson 🇬🇧 Van Amersfoort-HWA 155

6 Rafael Villagómez 🇲🇽 Van Amersfoort-HWA 123

7 Enzo Trulli 🇮🇹 Carlin-Spiess 85

8 Cem Bölükbaşı 🇹🇷 Van Amersfoort-HWA 73

9 Josh Mason 🇬🇧 Double R-HWA 68

10 Roman Staněk Jr. 🇨🇿 Motopark-Spiess 55

11 Filip Kaminiarz 🇵🇱 Cryptotower-Spiess 51

12 Zdenek Chovanec 🇵🇹 Double R-HWA 31

13 Christian Mansell 🇦🇺 Carlin-Spiess 30

14 Joshua Duerksen 🇵🇾 Drivex-HWA 29

15 Enzo Scionti 🇺🇲 Drivex-HWA 24

16 Branden Lee Oxley 🇬🇧 Drivex-HWA 13

17 Vivien Keszthelyi 🇭🇺 Motopark-Spiess 12

18 Andreas Estner 🇩🇪 Van Amersfoort-HWA 6

- - Matthias Lüthen 🇩🇪 Motopark-Spiess 0

sebmotors.info's U17 award:

3 Jak Crawford 🇺🇲 Motopark-Spiess 180


Euroformula Open Constructors' Standings

1 Team Motopark-Spiess 🇩🇪 162

2 CryptoTower Racing Team-Spiess 🇯🇵 136

3 Van Amersfoort Racing-HWA 🇳🇱 108

4 Drivex School-HWA 🇪🇸 25

5 Double R-HWA 🇬🇧 7

- - Carlin-Spiess 🇬🇧 7


Next round will be at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg bei Knittelfeld, Austria on September 11th.


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