Matheus Iorio and Cameron Das have ensured a brilliant double podium for Carlin in the opening round of the 2018 Euroformula Open Championship in Estoril, Portugal. The Carlin duo enjoyed a strong start to their respective races and both pulled a gap over their rivals to take the solid team result. Iorio maintained his second position throughout the race while Das made a storming start and opportunistic move to clinch third as his own.
Off the line, pole-sitter Felipe Drugovich enjoyed a fantastic launch while Iorio bogged down somewhat as he pulled off – despite this, the Brazilian was able to hold his second position firmly. Meanwhile Das had a great start from sixth and was immediately gaining positions; moving up to fourth, Das then set his sights on Marcos Siebert who he passed at the first corner of the next lap to take third – right up behind his teammate.
Over the next few laps, the top three started to pull away from the rest of the field a little as they ran untroubled in their respective positions. In a relatively uneventful race, with few changes for position throughout, Iorio took the flag in a brilliant second place as teammate Das followed him home in third to ensure a fantastic team result for Carlin.
Iorio said of his podium, “The race was good for me, I was able to keep my position at the start off the line and got a final result which was very good for me and the team. We’ll continue to keep working very hard to fight for wins. I’m immensely happy and thankful for the effort that the team are putting in.”
Das, who took the fastest lap of the race, added “I had a bit of bad luck in qualifying with traffic so wasn’t exactly where I wanted to be on the grid, but I had a great start to the race and was able to gain two positions by the second corner despite getting a little tap out there. Then I passed Siebert the following lap and focused on tyre management from that point. Mega job from the team as always and a big thanks to my sponsors for all the support so far – I’m aiming for the top step tomorrow!”
The Carlin duo will do it all over again tomorrow with qualifying once again in the morning, followed by the second race of the weekend later in the day.