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

Position Car Driver Team
1 4 Jack Doohan Trident
2 1 Dennis Hauger Prema
3 18 Caio Collet MP
4 17 Victor Martins MP
5 5 Clement Novalak Trident
6 7 Frederik Vesti ART
7 11 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech
8 8 Alexander Smolyar ART
9 9 Juan Manuel Correa ART
10 10 Jak Crawford Hitech
11 30 Enzo Fittipaldi Charouz
12 26 Calan Williams Jenzer
13 2 Arthur Leclerc Prema
14 25 Jonny Edgar Carlin
15 12 Roman Stanek Hitech
16 19 Tijmen van der Helm MP
17 24 Kaylen Frederick Carlin
18 27 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer
19 21 Lorenzo Colombo Campos
20 14 Matteo Nannini HWA
21 31 Reshad De Gerus Charouz
22 15 Oliver Rasmussen HWA
23 16 Rafael Villagomez HWA
24 23 Ido Cohen Carlin
25 22 Amaury Cordeel Campos
26 28 Filip-Ioan Ugran Jenzer
27 6 David Schumacher Trident
28 20 Pierre-Louis Chovet Campos
29 29 Logan Sargeant Charouz
30 3 Olli Caldwell Prema

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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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