Euroformula Open -  Barcelona preview, timetable and live coverage

Euroformula Open - Barcelona preview, timetable and live coverage

18.09.2019: - Marino Sato (Motopark) to Barcelona to secure the title - The Japanese, who has recently graduated to Formula 2, only 2 points away from mathematical certainty of becoming the 2019 Euroformula Champion

- Marino Sato (Motopark) to Barcelona to secure the title

- The Japanese, who has recently graduated to Formula 2, only 2 points away from mathematical certainty of becoming the 2019 Euroformula Champion

- Home race for Teo Martín Motorsport and Drivex squads

- Linus Lundqvist (Double R) to defend Rookies’ leadership

- Israel’s Ido Cohen (Carlin), latest young talent from junior formulae to make his F.3 debut in the series

- The new Dallara 320 to be exhibited publicly for the first time Madrid

The Euroformula Open championship returns to its spiritual home of Iberia this weekend at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, where a new champion could be crowned.

Motopark’s Marino Sato leads Teo Martín Motorsport’s Lukas Dunner by 106 points heading to Barcelona, with 108 available in the remaining four races. Even before the end of the season, the Japanese has already climbed a further ladder in the formulae pyramid, as he took part to the last two rounds of the Formula 2 championship with former EFO team Campos Racing and impressing in front of the Formula 1 paddock. Having missed the Silverstone round, Sato is back to the Euroformula with a ‘job to finish’ mission.

Joining him at Motopark are Red Bull juniors Liam Lawson and Yuki Tsunoda, currently third and fourth in the standings, and the most recent recruits of the German squad, Cameron Das and Niklas Krutten.

Austria’s Lukas Dunner is set to be leading the charge for Teo Martín Motorsport on the team’s home race and will fight to secure runner-up honours in case Sato takes the title.

Teo Martín isn’t the only Spanish team in the field, with Drivex School fielding Rui Andrade and returning to the 4.65km circuit where it showed impressive testing form pre-season.

British team Carlin has expanded its line-up to five cars, with Pau Grand Prix winner Billy Monger, Nicolai Kjaergaard (who both shone at Silverstone with very solid results), Christian Hahn and Honda junior Teppei Natori being joined by Formula 4 racer Ido Cohen.

The Israeli is the latest graduate from junior formulae to make his F.3 debut in the Euroformula and to be given an opportunity to showcase his talent at this level of competition. He will also become the first Israeli driver to race in the Euroformula since Yarin Stern, who shone in 2014-2015 by taking twice a final P5 in the standings.

The other British teams are also bringing multiple cars, with Double R Racing fielding rookie title contenders Jack Doohan and Linus Lundqvist and Fortec Motorsports bringing Calan WIlliams and Venezuelan Manuel Maldonado, who made his championship debut last time out at Silverstone and will race on the track where his cousin Pastor won the Spanish F.1 GP in 2012.

At Barcelona, The Euroformula community, media and fans will also have the opportunity to see the new Dallara 320 exhibited in public for the first time. The car to be used by the Euroformula as from the 2020 season has successfully undergone its first track test at Varano a few ago. Fitted with the halo and latest safety developments and benefitting from the latest technological developments available in chassis design, the Dallara 320 represents a clear step forward in terms of performance and drivability while remaining at the 575 kgs minimum weight (driver include) threshold.

The late summer event in Catalonia will also provide fans a very rich race programme that includes the sister series promoted by GT Sport, the Euroformula Open and the GT Cup Open Europe, together with the TCR Europe, the Alpine ELF Europa Cup and the F.Region European.

All the action can be followed from fans at home thanks to live coverage by major national broadcasters in key countries such as UK (BT Sport), Italy (Auto Moto TV), Spain (Teledeporte RTVE), Portugal (Sport TV), Central Europe (Digisport), and Russia / CIS countries and Baltics (Poverkhnost Sport), among others.

In addition, US and international coverage is ensured by Motors Trend (Discovery Channel) on demand. Races are also livestreamed in English and Italian with commentary by Scott Woodwiss and Antonio Caruccio, respectively, on our website and on the GT Open channel on Youtube.

1. Sato, 262 points; 2. Dunner, 156; 3. Lawson, 120; 4. Tsunoda, 110; 5. Lundquist, 103; 6. Hanses, 98; etc Rookies: 1. Lundquist, 69 p.; 2. Lawson, 67 p. ; 3. Doohan, 55; 4. Tsunoda, 54; 5. Monger, 43; 6. Kjaergaard, 41; etc Teams: 1. Team Motopark, 214 p.; 2. Teo Martín Motorsport, 64; 3. Carlin, 53; 4. Double R, 52; 5. Fortec, 7.

Euroformula Open Round 8: Barcelona, Spain

Timetable (All times local, CET)

Thursday 19 September 2019

09:00-12:00 Private test 1
14:05-15:00 Private test 2
16:10-17:05 Private test 3

Friday 20 September 2019

09:45-10:25 Free Practice 1
14:35-15:15 Free Practice 2

Saturday 21 September 2019

09:50-10:10 Qualifying 1
15:15-15:50 (19 laps – max 35’)

Sunday 22 September 2019

10:10-10:35 Qualifying 2
16:00-16:35 Race 2 (19 laps – max 35’)

The 2019 Calendar

28 April: Circuit Paul Ricard (F) 19 May: Grand Prix de Pau (F) 26 May: Hockenheimring (D) 9 June: Spa-Francorchamps (B) 07 July: Hungaroring (H) 14 July: Red Bull Ring (A) 08 Sept: Silverstone (GB) 22 Sept: Barcelona-Catalunya (E) 13 Oct: Monza (I)

Alfredo Filippone, photos EuroFormula


18.09.2019 / MaP

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