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Devlin DeFrancesco records maiden victory in Barcelona

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Toronto teenage whizz-kid Devlin DeFrancesco claimed a long-awaited first win in the Euroformula Open Championships in Barcelona.

DeFrancesco, 17, comfortably held off Carlin team-mate Ameya Vaidyanthan to make it a 1-2 for the UK based team in the former Spanish Formula Three Championships.

DeFrancesco took the lead and never looked back after race leader Brazilian Felipe Drugovich ran off the track and into the gravel following a lap six collision between Joey Mawson and Cameron Das.

The Canadian's maiden victory is just reward for a series of podium finishes throughout the 2017 season, including a second and third at Jerez earlier this month.

Afterward, he told his team's website: “That was quite a tough race out there today.

"After qualifying this morning I was a little disappointed to be honest because I knew from Thursday that we really had the pace to be on pole.

"However, on the grid, I knew that it was a case of staying calm and maximising everything. I had a great start and then a few laps later I was able to take the lead when Drugovich went off. The Safety Car restart was also pretty strong and then I just ran my own race to take the win.

"I’ve wanted this victory so badly and I’m so pleased to have done it today. We’ve known all year that we’ve had a great race car so this double podium is great for the team.”


However, it is Vaidyanthan who goes into today's season finale in pole position after a superb final lap with DeFrancesco starting from sixth place on the grid.

DeFrancesco started go-karting at the age of six before graduating to racing single-seaters, competing in the British Formula 4 last year.

Carlin's mission statement is to develop tomorrow's F1 stars today and has thus far provided a well-trodden path to the elite level of motor racing with Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel amongst those to have passed through the team's door.

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