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Colton Herta secures first Euro Formula Open win in Austria


Colton Herta has secured his first win in the Euro Formula Open Championship this morning at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, with a lights-to-flag victory.

The 16-year-old American, who drives for Carlin and has also won the MSA Formula race in Snetterton last year, bagged the win in the series following a dynamic start while plenty of action took place behind him.

Following the win, Herta said, “I had a great start – probably one of the best of those around me which meant I could lead in to the first corner and begin to pull a margin. I came under a little bit of pressure from Leonardo [Pulcini] but other than that the race was under control knowing that we had pace and even managing to save my tires a little.

“The car was really great today and I felt comfortable, it’s great also to know we can have another strong day tomorrow. It’s fantastic to get the first win, I’m really happy with that.”

Herta is the son of Bryan Herta, whose entry with Andretti Autosport won this year’s Indianapolis 500 with Alexander Rossi.

A full release from Carlin is linked here.

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