Dino Beganovic, Prema, Formula 3, 2024

Ferrari junior Beganovic claims pole for Bahrain season-opener

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Ferrari junior driver Dino Beganovic secured the first feature race pole position of the 2024 Formula 3 season and the first of his career in Bahrain.

The Prema driver’s best time of a 1’46.431 was a tenth of a second quicker than Williams junior driver and 2023 Macau Grand Prix winner Luke Browning.

Beganovic delivered on his final lap after the chequered flag following a relatively tame first competitive F3 session of the year. His Prema team mate Gabriele Mini was third-fastest.

The trio of Trident drivers will start Sunday’s feature race from fourth, fifth and sixth position. Debutantes Sami Meguetounif and Santiago Ramos made solid starts to their F3 careers by out-qualified Leonardo Fornaroli to become the best-placed rookies in the field.

Red Bull junior Tim Tramnitz will start from seventh on the grid ahead of Christian Mansell, with fellow Red Bull-backed driver Arvid Lindblad ninth. Simracing convert Max Esterson will start from tenth on the grid.

Laurens van Hoepen will start tomorrow’s opening sprint race of the season from pole position, joined on the front role of the grid by Nikola Tsolov. After securing pole for the feature race, Beganovic takes the early lead in the championship thanks to the two bonus points on offer.

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Formula 3 Bahrain qualifying results

11Dino BeganovicPrema
214Luke BrowningHitech
32Gabriele MinìPrema
45Sami MeguetounifTrident
56Santiago RamosTrident
64Leonardo FornaroliTrident
77Tim TramnitzMP
823Christian MansellART
93Arvid LindbladPrema
1018Max EstersonJenzer
1125Nikola TsolovART
1224Laurens Van HoepenART
1320Noel LeonVan Amersfoort
149Maxwell EstersonMP
1512Mari BoyaCampos
1617Caio ColletMP
1710Oliver GoetheCampos
1827Nikita BedrinPHM
1929Callum VoisinRodin
2019Matías ZagazetaJenzer
2131Joseph LoakeRodin
2215Martinius StenshorneHitech
2326Tasanapol InthraphuvasakPHM
248Kacper SztukaMP
2521Sophia FloerschVan Amersfoort
2628Josh DufekPHM
2722Tom SmithVan Amersfoort
2830Piotr WisnickiRodin
2911Sebastian MontoyaCampos
3016Cian ShieldsHitech

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