Doohan takes first win as Vesti slips up in rain-hit race

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Jack Doohan has taken his first Formula 3 win from fourth on the grid after pole winner Frederik Vesti made costly errors in a rain-hit race at Paul Ricard.

Vesti had taken pole in Friday’s qualifying session, with Dennis Hauger lining up next to him on the front row. Victor Martins, who had come from outside the points to podium finishes in both of the Saturday races was in third and Doohan fourth.

Vesti lost out from the start, with Hauger taking the lead off the line and Clement Novalak coming from sixth place on the grid to take third place on the first lap. However, he was unable to defend from Martins who fairly easily dispatched him to reclaim the place.

There was a brief Virtual Safety Car period following contact between Olli Caldwell and Caio Collet but Hauger maintained his lead from Vesti on the restart.

In the late stages of the 20 lap race, Doohan seemed to come into his own. He first challenged Vesti for second on lap 14 and then by the final lap was in a dramatic fight with Hauger that saw him arrive at the chequered flag just ahead, Hauger demoted to second.

Martins was denied a third podium of the weekend by Collet, who after a torrid first two races passed his fellow Alpine academy driver to claim the final podium step.

Dennis Hauger leads the championship after the second round, on 66 points to Victor Martins’ second place 60. Formula 3 will next race at the Red Bull Ring during the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Formula 3 race three results

PositionCarDriverTeam
14Jack DoohanTrident
21Dennis HaugerPrema
318Caio ColletMP
417Victor MartinsMP
55Clement NovalakTrident
67Frederik VestiART
711Ayumu IwasaHitech
88Alexander SmolyarART
99Juan Manuel CorreaART
1010Jak CrawfordHitech
1130Enzo FittipaldiCharouz
1226Calan WilliamsJenzer
132Arthur LeclercPrema
1425Jonny EdgarCarlin
1512Roman StanekHitech
1619Tijmen van der HelmMP
1724Kaylen FrederickCarlin
1827Johnathan HoggardJenzer
1921Lorenzo ColomboCampos
2014Matteo NanniniHWA
2131Reshad De GerusCharouz
2215Oliver RasmussenHWA
2316Rafael VillagomezHWA
2423Ido CohenCarlin
2522Amaury CordeelCampos
2628Filip-Ioan UgranJenzer
276David SchumacherTrident
2820Pierre-Louis ChovetCampos
2929Logan SargeantCharouz
303Olli CaldwellPrema

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Hazel Southwell
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3 comments on “Doohan takes first win as Vesti slips up in rain-hit race”

  1. Pretty decent race.
    Currently doing a rain dance because F1 needs rain far more than F3 does, in order to make things interesting.

  2. It was quite entertaining to see Reshad de Gerus pit for slicks, go 10 seconds a lap quicker for a while and go from nearly being lapped to almost finishing in the top 20.

  3. From no points last year to a race win today. Gains.

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