Having claimed pole by over half a second, the 16-year-old Motopark driver won the 25-lap contest with relative ease, leading away at the start and gradually building a significant advantage.
The win is Verstappen’s seventh on the bounce following six successive European Formula 3 Championship wins in as many races. It also sees the youngster emulate his father Jos, who won the Masters in 1993
His fellow Dutchman Jules Szymkowiak finished second on the road for Van Amersfoort having never really challenged Verstappen for the win. However Szymkowiak was handed a 20-second post-race penalty for making contact with team-mate Sam MacLeod into turn one at the start, dropping him down the order.
That promoted another Dutchman, the Performance squad’s Steijn Schothorst, into second place, with Malaysian Nabil Jeffri (Motopark) inheriting the final podium spot. Indy Dontje was classified fourth while Szymkowiak was fifth after his penalty.
The grid for this year’s race was disappointgly small. While Jos Verstappen’s win came amidst an entry of 37 cars, only 11 were present for his son’s triumph.
- Max Verstappen (Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen)
- Steijn Schothorst (Performance Dallara-Volkswagen)
- Nabil Jeffri (Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen)
- Indy Dontje (Motopark Dallara-Volkswagen)
- Jules Szymkowiak (Van Amersfoort Dallara-Volkswagen)