Joey Mawson strapped into the BVM Racing Dallara at Barcelona (Pic: Euroformula Open)


Joey Mawson (#55) during the final round of the Euroformula Open (Pic: Euroformula Open)
Joey Mawson (#55) during the final round of the Euroformula Open (Pic: Euroformula Open)

Australian Joey Mawson recorded a strong fourth placing during his debut in the Euroformula Open Series in Barcelona, Spain on Sunday.

After receiving a late call up from the BVM Racing outfit, the PODIUM-backed driver showed tremendous poise throughout the event.

Despite not having worked with the team previously, or driven on the Michelin tyres used in the event, Mawson finished the final race of the weekend in fourth.

“Overall it was a good weekend. It was rounded out with a strong fourth position which was a very good result for the team considering they hadn’t scored any points all year,” said Mawson.

“It has been a great experience as the team was very much an open book and allowed me to engineer the car to ensure that we got the most out of it. I learnt a lot.

“I felt as though I continually improved across the weekend and to end up just off the podium is a very good result with everything considered.”

After posting times consistently inside the top ten during practice, Mawson qualified eighth for the opening race before coming together with Cameron Das on the straight which put a premature end to both of their races.

Mawson qualified fifth for the second race, less than two-tenths behind the fastest qualifier, before slotting into fourth place exiting the opening turn. After challenging for third in the opening laps, he would be forced to fend of challenges from behind in the middle section of the race before crossing the line fourth.

Carlin Motorsport’s Devlin De Francesco and RP Motorsport guest driver Felipe Drugovich won the two races. Drugovich was in the championship-winning car of Harrison Scott who dominated the 2017 Series winning 12 of 14 races.