Maloney recovers from sprint race crash to take maiden F3 win in feature

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Zane Maloney, who was involved in a frightening accident during Saturday’s Sprint Race, took his first FIA Formula 3 win in the feature race at Spa.

Caio Collet had taken pole position, with Maloney alongside him on the front row. Collet got a good start but was immediately under pressure from Francesco Pizzi and Olive Goethe, who had started on the second row.

An early incident between Pizzi, Kush Maini and Victor Martins prompted the first Safety Car of the race. Martins’ race was over, the retrieval of his car lasting from lap two to six.

On the restart, Goethe was almost immediately overtaken by Collet. Oliver Bearman, who had started eighth, was also troubling Jonny Edgar for fifth. Collet, meanwhile, was issued a five-second time penalty for leaving the track and rejoining unsafely on the opening lap, relegating him heavily.

Meanwhile, Maloney was hunting down Goethe but green flag running was short lived, when Gregoire Saucy found the barriers out of Melmedy, prompting another Safety Car from lap seven to lap ten.

On the lap 11 restart, Maloney took the lead through Les Combes, leaving the drivers behind him to scrap for podium positions. Maloney comfortably led the remaining seven laps and became the first driver from Barbados to win in Formula 3.

Bearman finished third which, combined with his Sprint Race win and a generally atrocious weekend for championship leaders Isack Hadjar and Victor Martins, puts him now into second place, just two points behind Hadjar in the standings.

Formula 3 will decide its 2022 champion over the following two weekends, in Zandvoort and Monza.

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Formula 3 Belgium race two results

13Zane MaloneyTrident
22Roman StanekTrident
36Oliver BearmanPrema
421Oliver GoetheCampos
51Jonny EdgarTrident
610Caio ColletMP
720David VidalesCampos
825William AlataloJenzer
911Alexander SmolyarMP
1031Reece UshijimaHWA
114Arthur LeclercPrema
1229Franco ColapintoHWA
1326Zak O’SullivanCarlin
1418Isack HadjarHitech
159Juan Manuel CorreaART
1617Alexander SmolyarMP
175Jak CrawfordPrema
1827Brad BenavidesCarlin
1930Rafael VillagomezHWA
2019Nazim AzmanHitech
2116Francesco PizziCharouz
2222Pepe MartiCampos
2315Christian MansellCharouz
2428Enzo TrulliCarlin
2514Laszlo TothCharouz
2624Federico MalvestitiJenzer
278Gregoire SaucyART
2823Ido CohenJenzer
297Victor MartinsART
3012Kush MainiMP

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Hazel Southwell
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