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David ends his two rounds in FRAC with second win

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: FRAC

Hadrien David signed off his time in Formula Regional Asian Championship with a second win of the weekend at Dubai Autodrome, once again fending off Pepe Marti.

Pinnacle Motorsport’s Marti made a strong start to pass poleman David for the lead, but he came back past around the outside of turn one. The pair battled while also under pressure from Gabriele Mini, Isack Hadjar and Jak Crawford in the opening laps.

Crawford and Hadjar passed Mini, forcing the Hitech GP driver wide off the track but he was able to hold on in the next corners to reclaim his position. It was not long however until Mini was once again defending from the two behind.

Crawford stayed on Mini’s tail in the following laps but was unable to get past before the retirement of David Morales led to the safety car being summoned.

A perfect restart from David meant he had a comfortable gap to Marti after, while Mini and Crawford battled. Crawford attempted to pass around the outside of turn one, but Mini sent him wide and Crawford lost out to Dino Beganovic.

Mumbai Falcons’ Sebastian Montoya and Arthur Leclerc tangled in the following corners, with Montoya going into the run-off then sending Leclerc wide as he rejoined the track. Leclerc and Paul Aron went wheel-to-wheel next, until Montoya made contact with Aron’s rear-end and earned a black-and-white flag.

At the front David eventually came under pressure from Marti again, locking up and giving Marti – who he beat to race one victory – a chance. In the last two laps, the faster Marti placed himself ready to overtake but ran out of time to make a move.

Hadjar was third, Mini resisted late pressure from Beganovic and Crawford for fourth, while Montoya struggled with his tyres and dropped to 14th at the end.

Dilano van’t Hoff battled with Gabriel Bortoleto for points before retiring after contact with Aron.

Race results (19 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Hadrien David 3Y by R-ace GP 31m23.730s
2 Pepe Marti Pinnacle Motorsport +0.359s
3 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP +3.801s
4 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP +7.738s
5 Dino Beganovic Mumbai Falcons +8.103s
6 Jak Crawford Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +8.546s
7 Arthur Leclerc Mumbai Falcons +9.151s
8 Gabriel Bortoleto 3Y by R-ace GP +11.977s
9 Paul Aron Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +14.046s
10 Lorenzo Fluxa 3Y by R-ace GP +16.563s
11 Joshua Dufek Hitech GP +21.387s
12 Leonardo Fornaroli Hitech GP +21.711s
13 Pierre-Louis Chovet BlackArts Racing +22.074s
14 Sebastian Montoya Mumbai Falcons +23.249s
15 Levente Revesz Evans GP Academy +23.790s
16 Frederick Lubin Evans GP +24.435s
17 Nicola Marinangeli Evans GP +26.140s
18 Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +26.823s
19 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +30.206s
20 Ayato Iwasaki Pinnacle Motorsport +32.454s
21 Khaled Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +35.761s
22 Salih Yoluc Pinnacle Motorsport +41.317s
Ret Thomas Luedi Pinnacle Motorsport
Ret Dilano van’t Hoff Pinnacle Motorsport
Ret David Morales Evans GP Academy
DNS Oliver Goethe 3Y by R-ace GP
Fastest lap: Marti, 1m35.862s

Championship standings
1 Leclerc 73   2 David 64   3 Hadjar 61   4 Mini 55   5 Marti 54   6 Montoya 53   Beganovic 48   8 Bortoleto 46   9 Crawford 46   10 Fluxa 41