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Amna Al Qubaisi takes second F1 Academy win in Barcelona race two

by Roger Gascoigne

Photo: Formula Motorsport Ltd

MP Motorsport’s Amna Al Qubaisi took her second reversed-grid F1 Academy win in race two at Barcelona.

Taking advantage of a slow start from polesitter Campos Racing’s Nerea Marti, the Emirati driver jumped into an early lead while further back Prema’s Bianca Bustamente stalled before finally getting underway in last position.

ART Grand Prix’s Lena Buhler was another to make progress on the first lap, gaining two places to go fifth.

Marti was able to hang onto Al Qubaisi as the two extended the gap to third-placed Marta Garcia (Prema), who was over a second clear of Alpine junior, Abbi Pulling.

At the back of the field, Bustamente made quick work of Maita Caceres and Prema team-mate Chloe Chong, before closing on Rodin Carlin’s Jessica Edgar and Megan Gilkes.

Behind the leaders, the battle for fourth began to intensify as MP Motorsport’s Hamda Al Qubaisi closed onto the back of Buhler, who in turn was in the slipstream of Pulling.

On lap 7 Garcia moved up to second, with Marti dropping a further three places on the next tour, though remaining in the wheeltracks of the three-car train headed by Pulling.

Al Qubaisi took a comfortable victory, over four seconds ahead of Garcia at the flag, with Pulling holding onto third, ahead of Buhler, Hamda Al Qubaisi and Marti.

An incident on the final lap saw both Bustamente and Chong stop at Turn 11.

Race result (10 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Amna Al Qubaisi MP Motorsport
2 Marta Garcia Prema +4.185s
3 Abbi Pulling Carlin +6.743s
4 Lena Buhler ART Grand Prix +7.172s
5 Hamda Al Qubaisi MP Motorsport +7.989s
6 Nerea Marti Campos Racing +8.345s
7 Chloe Grant ART Grand Prix +10.010s
8 Emely de Heus MP Motorsport +10.593s
9 Lola Lovinfosse Campos Racing +12.161s
10 Carrie Schreiner ART Grand Prix +20.383s
11 Megan Gilkes Carlin +20.731s
12 Jessica Edgar Carlin +21.932s
13 Maite Caceres Campos Racing +23.809s
14 Bianca Bustamante Prema +1 lap
15 Chloe Chong Prema +1 lap
Fastest lap: A Al Qubaisi, 1m42.640s

Championship standings
 Garcia 120   H Al Qubaisi 75   3 A Al Qubaisi 69   4 Pulling 65   5 Marti 64   6 Buhler 59   7 Bustamante 56   8 de Heus 32   9 Grant 25   10 Edgar 24