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Evans GP’s Isack Hadjar tops practice for Asian F3 opener

by Ida Wood

Photo: F3 Asian Championship

Evans GP’s Isack Hadjar led the first free practice session of the Asian Formula 3 season after a flurry of late improvements from the 23-car grid at Dubai Autodrome.

The French Formula 4 graduate ended the singular session 0.226 seconds clear of Pinnacle Motorsport’s Pierre-Louis Chovet and 0.325s ahead of Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Guanyu Zhou, who had been setting the pace in the tests before the season opener.

New Red Bull junior Ayumu Iwasa, who won last year’s French F4 title, was fourth fastest for Hitech GP while Dino Beganovic (Prema) and Roman Stanek (Hitech) were fifth and sixth ahead of Iwasa’s Red Bull stablemate and Zhou’s Formula 2 rival Jehan Daruvala.

Mumbai Falcons driver Daruvala improved late on to get to 0.520s off Hadjar’s pace, and was 0.010s clear of his own team-mate Kush Maini in the all-Indian squad.

Evans GP’s Irina Sidorkova, who will be racing in W Series this year, propped up the timesheet some 2.692s off the pace, having struggled with bruising in testing in her first proper weekend in a Regional F3 car.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Isack Hadjar Evans GP 1m33.989s 15
2 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport 1m34.215s +0.226s 15
3 Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racinh by Prema 1m34.314s +0.325s 15
4 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 1m34.368s +0.379s 17
5 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racinh by Prema 1m34.433s +0.444s 15
6 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 1m34.487s +0.498s 16
7 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons 1m34.509s +0.520s 10
8 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons 1m34.519s +0.530s 14
9 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP 1m34.672s +0.683s 16
10 Cem Bolukbasi BlackArts Racing 1m34.829s +0.840s 16
11 Roy Nissany Hitech GP 1m34.906s +0.917s 16
12 Roberto Faria Motorscape 1m35.041s +1.052s 15
13 Rafael Villagomez BlackArts Racing 1m35.107s +1.118s 15
14 Nicola Marinangeli Motorscape 1m35.132s +1.143s 15
15 Alexandre Bardinon Pinnacle Motorsport 1m35.186s +1.197s 17
16 Casper Stevenson Evans GP 1m35.199s +1.210s 15
17 Lorenzo Fluxa BlackArts Racing 1m35.356s +1.367s 17
18 Alessio Deledda Pinnacle Motorsport 1m35.596s +1.607s 15
19 Patrik Pasma Evans GP 1m35.626s +1.637s 10
20 Zdenek Chovanec BlackArts Racing 1m35.887s +1.898s 16
21 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema 1m36.311s +2.322s 15
22 Matthias Luethen Pinnacle Motorsport 1m36.524s +2.535s 15
23 Irina Sidorkova Evans GP 1m36.681s +2.692s 16