Mumbai Falcons’ Jehan Daruvala fended off Formula 4 graduate Isack Hadjar to win the second Asian Formula 3 race of the weekend at Yas Marina Circuit.
Daruvala triumphed in the weekend opener and eclipsed Evans GP driver Hadjar’s best race lap by just 0.006s to secure pole for race two.
The Formula 2 regular led at the start of the race, but Hadjar remained in second place close behind the Red Bull junioe.
At 10 minutes into the race, Hadjar and fellow F4 graduate Dino Beganovic ran three-wide with Daruvala for the race lead but miraculously Daruvala – in the middle of the trio – held the lead at the end of the second long straight.
Daruvala continued to come under pressure from Hadjar and the cars behind, but he managed to resist to take his second successive race victory and cut Alpine Formula 1 junior Guanyu Zhou’s championship lead to three points.
Second place marks Frenchman Hadjar’s best result of the season while Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Beganovic completed the podium, this time avoiding the last-lap heartbreak of an engine failure that cost him fourth place in race one.
His team-mate Zhou was forced to settle for the weakest finish of his campaign so far in fourth place, one place ahead of race three poleman Pierre-Louis Chovet (Pinnacle Motorsport) and Evans GP’s Patrik Pasma.
Sim racer Cem Bolukbasi matched his best result of the season in seventh place for BlackArts Racing, ahead of F2 driver Roy Nissany (Hitech GP). The top 10 was completed by Nissany’s team-mates Roman Stanek and Ayumu Iwasa.
Race results (16 laps)
|1||Jehan Daruvala||Mumbai Falcons||30m48.071s|
|2||Isack Hadjar||Evans GP||+0.268s|
|3||Dino Beganovic||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+0.905s|
|4||Guanyu Zhou||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+1.692s|
|5||Pierre-Louis Chovet||Pinnacle Motorsport||+4.258s|
|6||Patrik Pasma||Evans GP||+10.432s|
|7||Cem Bolukbasi||BlackArts Racing||+11.985s|
|8||Roy Nissany||Hitech GP||+14.169s|
|9||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||+16.672s|
|10||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||+18.312s|
|11||Kush Maini||Mumbai Falcons||+19.055s|
|12||Alexandre Bardinon||Pinnacle Motorsport||+29.747s|
|13||Reece Ushijima||Hitech GP||+33.934s|
|15||Alessio Deledda||Pinnacle Motorsport||+46.785s|
|16||Matthias Luethen||Pinnacle Motorsport||+47.595s|
|17||Amna Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+47.940s|
|18||Irina Sidorkova||Evans GP||+54.675s|
|19||Rafael Villagomez||BlackArts Racing||+59.687s|
|21||Lorenzo Fluxa||BlackArts Racing||+1m43.805s|
|Ret||Casper Stevenson||Evans GP|
|Fastest lap: Daruvala, 1m54.686s