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Chovet dominates third Asian F3 Abu Dhabi race, Daruvala in points lead

by Josh Suttill

Pierre-Louis Chovet dominated the final race of round two of the Asian Formula 3 season at Yas Marina Circuit, while Guanyu Zhou stormed from the back to fifth.

Pre-race championship leader Zhou stalled from second on the grid, while Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema team-mate Dino Beganovic and Evans GP’s Patrik Pasma collided at Turn 1 on the opening lap.

A few corners later the safety car was required when Evans GP’s Casper Stevenson and Irina Sidorkova and Pinnacle Motorsport’s Alessio Deledda became entangled.

After a delay of over 10 minutes, the race resumed with Chovet leading Formula 2 driver Jehan Daruvala (Mumbai Falcons), Isack Hadjar (Evans GP) and Ayumu Iwasa (Hitech GP).

Pinnacle’s Chovet used his fresh set of tyres to break away from the chasing pack. The Frenchman was able to pull a lead of 2.352 seconds over Daruvala on the first lap under green flag conditions.

That margin was extended to 7.921s by the time Chovet took the chequered flag, and Daruvala claimed his fourth podium in six races to vault into the championship lead.

Hadjar spent the entirety of the race staring at the back of the Daruvala for the second successive race. He still picked up his third podium of the weekend in third , one place ahead of his 2020 French F4 rival Iwasa, who picked up his best F3 result yet in fourth.

Alpine Formula 1 junior Zhou made the most of his fresh tyres to pick off half the grid on his way back into the points positions, including a stunning move around the outside of the notoriously-tough defender Roy Nissany.

He passed Nissany’s team-mate Reece Ushijima on the final lap to move into fifth place and limit the points loss to his Formula 2 rival Daruvala.

DAMS F2 driver Nissany took seventh place ahead of team-mate Roman Stanek, Motorscape’s Roberto Faria and BlackArts Racing’s Cem Bolukbasi who was able to maintain his 100% points-scoring record in 10th.

Beganovic and Pasma recovered to finish in 11th and 12th places respectively.

The third round of the 2021 Asian F3 championship will kick off tomorrow with practice, qualifying and race one at Yas Marina.

Race results (14 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport 31m06.116s
2 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons +7.921s
3 Isack Hadjar Evans GP +8.400s
4 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +11.797s
5 Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +16.219s
6 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +18.265s
7 Roy Nissany Hitech GP +19.095s
8 Roman Stanek Hitech GP +20.539s
9 Roberto Faria Motorscape +22.243s
10 Cem Bolukbasi BlackArts Racing +23.166s
11 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +24.231s
12 Patrik Pasma Evans GP +25.636s
13 Lorenzo Fluxa BlackArts Racing +27.327s
14 Alexandre Bardinon Pinnacle Motorsport +29.213s
15 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +32.153s
16 Rafael Villagomez BlackArts Racing +33.321s
17 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons +40.935s
18 Matthias Luethen Pinnacle Motorsport +58.866s
Ret Nicola Marinangeli Motorscape
Ret Irina Sidorkova Evans GP
Ret Alessio Deledda Pinnacle Motorsport
Ret Casper Stevenson Evans GP
Fastest lap: Chovet, 1m54.789s

Championship standings
1 Daruvala 95   2 Chovet 94   3 Zhou 90   4 Hadjar 79   5 Beganovic 61   6 Nissany 53   7 Iwasa 43   8 Pasma 23   9 Bolukbasi 23   10 Ushijima 18