Williams junior Browning survives engine scare to win feature race

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Williams junior driver Luke Browning overcame an apparent engine problem to dominate the first feature race of the new Formula 3 season.

He took the lead after disaster struck pole-winner Dino Beganovic seconds after the start. The Prema driver struggled to get away and was engulfed by the field.

Browning led all 22 laps of the second race of the weekend in Bahrain. The 2022 GB3 champion scored his first F3 victory ahead of Christian Mansell and Tim Tramnitz.

But despite appearing to be in control of proceedings out front, Browning endured a nervous second half of the race. He reported a rattling sound from him engine to his Hitech team, while Mansell also noted smoke from the rear of the leader’s car.

However, despite that cause for concern, the problem remained only minor and Browning kept up his pace to win by just over a second. Mansell equalled his best finish to date with second, while third completed a strong first weekend for rookie Tramnitz, who also finished in the top five yesterday.

His fellow newcomer Sami Meguetounif took fourth ahead of Trident team mate Santiago Ramos with Gabriele Mini in sixth and the third Trident of Leonardo Fornaroli in seventh. Sprint race winner Arvid Lindblad finished eighth, as Alex Dunne and Oliver Goethe completed the points finishers.

Whatever problem struck Beganovic at the start was not terminal. He got back up to speed soon afterwards and recovered to 13th by the chequered flag – an impressive result given his appalling start.

It was another generally well-behaved showing from the young F3 field, with only a handful of minor incidents. Mari Boya fell to the back after a puncture caused by contact with Goethe, while Sophia Floersch was the race’s only retirement as she pulled off track along the back straight on the final lap with a car problem.

Browning leads the championship following the opening round with 25 points, four ahead of Tramnitz with Mansell third. F3’s next round will take place at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne as part of the Australian Grand Prix weekend.

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Formula 3 Bahrain race two results

PositionCarDriverTeam
114Luke BrowningHitech
223Christian MansellART
37Tim TramnitzMP
45Sami MeguetounifTrident
56Santiago RamosTrident
62Gabriele MinìPrema
74Leonardo FornaroliTrident
83Arvid LindbladPrema
99Alex DunneMP
1010Oliver GoetheCampos
1125Nikola TsolovART
1220Noel LeonVan Amersfoort
131Dino BeganovicPrema
1415Martinius StenshorneHitech
1524Laurens Van HoepenART
1617Charlie WurzJenzer
1711Sebastian MontoyaCampos
1827Nikita BedrinPHM
1919Matías ZagazetaJenzer
2026Tasanapol InthraphuvasakPHM
2129Callum VoisinRodin
2222Tom SmithVan Amersfoort
2331Joseph LoakeRodin
2418Max EstersonJenzer
2530Piotr WisnickiRodin
2616Cian ShieldsHitech
2728Josh DufekPHM
288Kacper SztukaMP
2912Mari BoyaCampos
DNF21Sophia FloerschVan Amersfoort

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