Liam Lawson leads Yuki Tsunoda

Barcelona beckons Lawson, Tsunoda and Doohan for Euroformula Open

#30 Liam Lawson (NZL – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 3rd – 120 points – after 14 of 18 races

#14 Yuki Tsunoda (JAP – Motopark Volkswagen Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 4th – 110 points – after 14 of 18 races

#7 Jack Doohan (AUS - Double R Racing Mercedes Dallara F317)
Euroformula Open Championship position: 7th – 76 points – after 14 of 18 races

Though they have all missed rounds due to commitments to other championships the three Red Bull Juniors, Jack Doohan, Yuki Tsunoda and Liam Lawson are ready to put everything into the hunt for more success at the penultimate round of the Euroformula Open this weekend in Catalunya.

With almost five hours of testing on Thursday there was plenty of time for the three to get back into the Euroformula groove.

Straight to the front for Tsunoda

Fresh from his FIA F3 success, a first and a third at Monza, Tsunoda took little time to get reacquainted with the Euroformula car and was fastest in the first three hour session. He was quickest again at the start of the afternoon.

"We are doing well but it is very close so there is no reason to relax," stated the 19-year-old Japanese. "I know that I still have to work, there are certainly areas where I can improve and I think we can get a bit more out of the car as well."

"It is such a different feeling when you have a whole day of free practice like this, so different compared to F3. It is not my favourite track but it is OK, I like it, let's say 3.5 out of 5," concluded the Motopark driver with a smile.

Doohan quickest three pointer

Coming back to Europe after driving his Asian F3 in China, Doohan was finding his way round Barcelona for the first time. "It's a good track," stated the 16-year-old Australian. "I really enjoy driving the Euroformula car and just from this morning I already like this track so I think it's going to be a good weekend. I have never been here before and some of the others know it well but I think I got the hang of it quite well this morning and I can work on it from here."

"We are not as quick as we would like to be but fastest Mercedes and the missing bit seems mostly in the first sector so we'll have to see what we can do about that," added the Double R Racing driver. "As I said, not a bad start, keep working and get the best out of the car and the track."

Doohan did exactly that and was fourth fastest in the final afternoon session on Thursday, just 0.373 off the quickest.

Lawson gets up to speed

Lawson settled in during the day and the 17-year-old New Zealander was third quickest in the second afternoon session. "It was OK, a bit of a messy day to be honest. We had lots of new tyres, that's always good as a driver but it gave us a lot to try, we played a lot with balance. In fact the quickest lap was quite scrappy, there is a lot more we can find in only a few corners so there is more to come."

"Tomorrow (Friday) the times will be pretty irrelevant I think, we are running after F3 regional with different tyres so the grip levels will not be good. We will probably concentrate on some race runs and look for lap times in Qualifying on Saturday."

"If I can get it together like I should I think we'll have a good weekend," concluded the Motopark driver.

Barcelona weekend schedule – all times CEST
Friday 20th September
09:45 – 10:25 Free Practice 1
14:35 – 15:15 Free Practice 2

Saturday 21st September
09:50 – 10:10 Qualifying 1
15:15 – Race 1 (19 Laps)

Sunday 22nd September
10:10 – 10:35 Qualifying 2
16:00 – Race 2 (19 Laps)