Jehan Daruvala was victorious in the final race of Asian Formula 3’s back-to-back rounds at Yas Marina Circuit.
The Formula 2 race-winner took a lights-to-flag victory to half Pierre-Louis Chovet’s championship lead.
The Mumbai Falcons star led fellow F2 driver Guanyu Zhou and French Formula 4 graduate Isack Hadjar all-race long. The three were separated by less than two seconds for the entirety of the race.
Zhou attempted to pass Daruvala on the opening lap but proceedings were quickly halted when Zhou’s Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema team-mate Dino Beganovic collided with sim racer Cem Bolukbasi.
Beganovic, who will hand over his car to David Vidales for the remainder of the season, could be seen nursing his hand, while Bolukbasi’s eight-race points streak came to an end.
Daruvala mastered the safety car restart and remained unchallenged thereafter to claim his third victory of the season, while Alpine Formula 1 tester Zhou finished in second place to earn his third podium in as many rounds. Evans GP’s Hadjar earned his fifth podium of the year in third.
Pinnacle Motorsport’s Chovet was unable to match the pace of the top three and settled for fourth, just ahead of Evans GP’s Patrik Pasma – driving the chassis that was initially utilised by former team-mate Casper Stevenson – and the Hitech GP duo of Roman Stanek and Ayumu Iwasa.
Daruvala’s team-mate Kush Maini took eighth place ahead of BlackArts Racing’s Lorenzo Fluxa, who ended his strongest weekend of the season so far with two more points. Hitech’s Reece Ushijima took the final point in 10th place.
The series now heads back to Dubai Autodrome for the penultimate round on February 12-14.
|1||Jehan Daruvala||Mumbai Falcons||15 laps|
|2||Guanyu Zhou||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+0.698s|
|3||Isack Hadjar||Evans GP||+1.175s|
|4||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Pinnacle Motorsport||+6.159s|
|5||Patrik Pasma||Evans GP||+6.595s|
|6||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||+9.626s|
|7||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||+11.642s|
|8||Kush Maini||Mumbai Falcons||+20.677s|
|9||Lorenzo Fluxa||BlackArts Racing||+21.268s|
|10||Reece Ushijima||Hitech GP||+33.152s|
|11||Alexandre Bardinon||Pinnacle Motorsport||+33.775s|
|12||Roy Nissany||Hitech GP||+34.271s|
|13||Rafael Villagomez||BlackArts Racing||+34.809s|
|15||Alessio Deledda||Pinnacle Motorsport||+45.189s|
|16||Matthias Luethen||Pinnacle Motorsport||+45.450s|
|17||Roberto Faria||Motorscape||+1 lap|
|Ret||Amna Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema|
|Ret||Dino Beganovic||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema|
|Ret||Cem Bolukbasi||BlackArts Racing|
|Fastest lap: Hadjar, 1m54.508s