EF Open: Ameya Vaidyanathan, Tarun Reddy score points at Jerez
The back-to-back race weekends in Euroformula Open series saw Ameya Vaidyanathan start the weekend finishing third, fifth and first in the three practice sessions on Friday at Jerez.
Fellow countryman Tarun Reddy, meanwhile, was 17th, 11th and sixth overall. He ended up as the ninth, sixth and third best rookie across the three sessions respectively.
Qualifying 1 on Saturday morning had Vaidyanathan finishing fifth, a mere 0.443s off pole-sitter RP Motorsport’s Harrison Scott’s time.
The Indian’s Carlin teammate Devlin Defrancesco was second while Campos’ Simo Laaksonen was third. Behind, Reddy was 16th in the order, while ninth best rookie.
The Qualifying 2 for Sunday's race had Scott once again ahead of Drivex School's Nikita Troitskiy, with Defrancesco completing the Top 3.
Vaidyanathan, meanwhile, qualified eighth with Reddy in 11th overall - the Indian was eighth best rookie.
The start of the first race saw both the Indians make progress with Vaidyanathan making a place to be fourth, with Reddy moving to 15th.
A brief safety car period neutralized the race, which allowed for RP Motorsport’s Jannes Fittje to challenge Vaidyanathan for fourth upon re-start, but the Indian fended off well.
It was to and fro then, as Vaidyanathan also pushed Troitskiy for third, but in the end had to be content with fourth place.
Meanwhile, Reddy was involved a heavy fight with several drivers, including his Drivex teammate Christian Hahn. The Indian eventually finished 13th overall and was the seventh best rookie.
It was yet another win for Scott, who remained unchallenged from second-placed Defrancesco, while Troitskiy completed the Top 3.
The start of the second race on Sunday had Vaidyanathan keeping his eighth position behind RP Motorsport's Alex Karkosik, while Reddy was involved in a battle for ninth.
The Chennai-born driver cleared Fortec's Petru Flourescu and had Campos Racing's Cameron Das in his sights. The duo exchanged positions, before Das was able to steer ahead.
It was then a straightforward run to the chequered flag, until the final lap when Vaidyanathan spun out while still running close behind Karkosik.
The Indian was still classified in 19th, as Scott claimed another win ahead of Troitskiy, who had to defend hard from Defrancesco.
Meanwhile, Reddy benefited from Vaidyanathan's off to finish ninth overall and was the seventh best rookie - comfortably ahead of Florescu.
After seven rounds in the 2017 season, Scott with the title sits on 340 points, while Vaidyanathan dropped to fifth with 131 and Reddy is 14th with 27 points. He is eighth in rookie standings with 17 points.
The championship now heads to Barcelona for the season-finale during the October 28-29 weekend.