Wednesday, Oct 9 08:56am
AUTHOR: Simon Chapman

Liam Lawson looks to finish Euroformula Open season on a high

Red Bull Junior Team driver Liam Lawson has high hopes he’ll end his maiden season in the EuroFormula Open Championship on top.

Lawson will race at Monza for the second time this season in what will be his final outing in the Dallara F317.

The car was the basis of many Formula 3 championship around the world for nearly a decade until the FIA introduced new rules and regulations for the platform.

The car has been raced by the likes of Marcus Armstrong and Nick Cassidy. Brendon Hartley drove and an earlier iteration of the Dallara chassis at the beginning of his open-wheel racing career.

“It's really sad to be driving this car for the last time, it's such a good car,” Lawson said.

“I am so glad I got to do a season in this car, it's the best. I can't thank Red Bull and Motopark enough for allowing me to experience this car.

“It's going to be nice to not have to worry so much about tyre life which is so critical in FIA Formula 3 Championship. The Euroformula cars use a different tyre and they last a lot longer.

“It should be good racing at Monza, low downforce and there are a few places to pass."

Lawson comes into the season finale third in the points. Having missed two rounds of the championship with FIA Formula 3 Championship commitments, he lies 12 points adrift of second in the standings.

The 17-year-old began the season strongly with a win on debut and a win at the Pau Grand Prix. However, three crashes stifled his chances of trying to challenge for the title. Team Motopark stablemate Marino Sato of Japan has already claimed the title, but there is an opportunity to make it a one-two for the German outfit in the championship.

Between the two campaigns, Lawson will have raced at 17 rounds this season between his two teams, Motopark and MP Motorsport.