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Beganovic charges from eighth for dominant first FRAC win

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: Ferrari Driver Academy

Dino Beganovic won the reversed grid Formula Regional Asian Championship race on Dubai Autodrome’s Grand Prix layout from eighth on the grid in a dominant performance.

The front row starters got away confidently, with Michael Belov and Leonardo Fornaroli racing wheel-to-wheel into the first corner. Dilano van’t Hoff also had a strong start and had passed Pierre-Louis Chovet and Fornaroli to end lap one in second.

Ferrari junior Beganovic had an exceptionally strong start, passing Isack Hadjar and Pepe Marti as Paul Aron spun. That lifted him to fourth, and going down the inside of Fornaroli then put the Mumbai Falcons driver on the podium.

The top three of Belov, van’t Hoff and Beganovic stayed close at first, with Beganoic attempting a pass into the first corner on lap seven of 16 but van’t Hoff was able to hold on in the slipstream of Belov in front.

Beganovic attempted the move once again a lap later but switched to the outside of Van’t Hoff, holding the line and taking the position in spectacular fashion. He was quickly on the tail of Belov, who went wide and allowed Beganovic to set up a move down the pit straight.

Belov defended on the inside with Beganovic locking up into turn one, but when Belov went wide once more it meant Beganovic could sweep around the outside of the Evans GP driver to take the lead.

Arthur Leclerc and Marti had been battling behind on the same laps, with Ferrari junior Leclerc passing Marti on the outside of Marti of turn one and then taking fourth from Fornaroli later around the same lap.

Marti was put into battle behind with Lorenzo Fluxa and Isack Hadjar, and then Fornaroli, who was lacking pace, dropped into their clutches too. Leclerc escaped them and started battling van’t Hoff, eventually taking third from him down the pit straight while his Mumbai Falcons team-mate Beganovic romped away up front.

That move settled the podium order, while last-lap trouble for van’t Hoff dropped him to sixth, Fornaroli was classified a lap down as he was spun with one tour to go, and Pierre-Louis Chovet had a five-second penalty due to a start infringement that meant he was classified 10th.

Paul Aron was hit into a spin on the first lap and dropped to 18th, tangled with Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema team-mate Hamda Al Qubaisi and finished 15th in a dramatic race, while other team-mate Jak Crawford finished just behind Fluxa and van’t Hoff in seventh.

Race results (16 laps)
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Dino Beganovic Mumbai Falcons 31m26.887s
2 Michael Belov Evans GP +1.659s
3 Arthur Leclerc Mumbai Falcons +2.659s
4 Pepe Marti Pinnacle Motorsport +14.583s
5 Lorenzo Fluxa 3Y by R-ace GP +15.356s
6 Dilano van’t Hoff Pinnacle Motorsport +15.462s
7 Jak Crawford Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +15.597s
8 Patrik Pasma Evans GP +18.105s
9 Sebastian Montoya Mumbai Falcons +18.790s
10 Pierre-Louis Chovet BlackArts Racing +22.127s
11 Nicola Marinangeli Evans GP +22.525s
12 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP +26.206s
13 Levente Revesz Evans GP Academy +29.094s
14 Oliver Goethe 3Y by R-ace GP +30.419s
15 Paul Aron Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +30.850s
16 Francesco Braschi 3Y by R-ace GP +31.771s
17 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +34.104s
18 Owen Tangavelou Hitech GP +34.877s
19 Frederick Lubin Evans GP +36.566s
20 David Morales Evans GP Academy +37.333s
21 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +43.748s
22 Salih Yoluc Pinnacle Motorsport +51.532s
23 Khaled Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +1m02.303s
24 Thomas Luedi BlackArts Racing +1m14.103s
25 Ayato Iwasaki Pinnacle Motorsport +1m46.123s
26 Leonardo Fornaroli Hitech GP +1 lap
Ret Joshua Dufek Hitech GP
Fastest lap: Beganovic, 1m56.995s

Championship standings
Leclerc 106   2 Beganovic 88   3 Montoya 80   4 Marti 78   5 Hadjar 71   6 Hadrien David 64   7 Gabriele Mini 55   8 Crawford 52   9 Fluxa 52   10 Gabriel Bortoleto 46