Maloney secures second-straight feature race win as Martins takes championship lead

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Zane Maloney secured his second consecutive FIA Formula 3 feature race win after battling back against Victor Martins’ charge off the line.

The Trident driver had taken pole for the feature race in qualifying, with Martins lining up alongside him. All championship leader Isack Hadjar could do was watch from sixth on the grid after a foiled qualifying strategy left him on the third row of the grid.

As in Formula 2, the less favoured line on the dirty side of the grid actually prove the best for the start, with Martins claiming the lead through the exit of turn one, cutting up the inside of Maloney off the line.

Oliver Bearman made an appalling start, falling down the order with what was either a mechanical problem or a poor launch from 14th to 17th, ending up battling with fellow championship contender Arthur Leclerc.

On lap four, a turn one clash between Brad Benavides and William Alatalo prompted a Safety Car, which led to a lap eight restart where third placed Jak Crawford fell from third to ninth.

On lap 12 Maloney seemingly caught Martins napping and snatched the lead through turn one, reclaiming the position he had started in. A second Safety Car was prompted on lap 17 after Davide Vidales stopped on track but Maloney held the lead at the restart, Martins wisely keeping his powder dry to favour the championship.

Despite a final late Safety Car period, Maloney held on to take the chequered flag and a second consecutive feature race victory. Martins secured second place and moved into the lead of the championship, with Franco Colapinto taking the final podium position in third.

Ahead of F3’s final 2022 round in Monza, Martins holds the championship lead by just five points over Hadjar. Roman Stanek in third is just 17 points behind Martins and Bearman in fourth only 20.

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Formula 3 Zandvoort feature race results

13Zane MaloneyTrident
27Victor MartinsART
329Franco ColapintoHWA
42Roman StanekTrident
518Isack HadjarHitech
65Jak CrawfordPrema
710Caio ColletMP
821Sebastian MontoyaCampos
91Jonny EdgarTrident
106Oliver BearmanPrema
1111Alexander SmolyarMP
1226Zak O’SullivanCarlin
1312Kush MainiMP
144Arthur LeclercPrema
1517Kaylen FrederickHitech
1622Alexander SmolyarMP
1715David SchumacherCharouz
189Juan Manuel CorreaART
1923Ido CohenJenzer
2028Enzo TrulliCarlin
2116Francesco PizziCharouz
2231Reece UshijimaHWA
2324Federico MalvestitiJenzer
2419Nazim AzmanHitech
2514Laszlo TothCharouz
268Gregoire SaucyART
2730Rafael VillagomezHWA
2820David VidalesCampos
2927Brad BenavidesCarlin
3025William AlataloJenzer

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Hazel Southwell
Hazel is a motorsport and automotive journalist with a particular interest in hybrid systems, electrification, batteries and new fuel technologies....

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