Gabriele Mini dominated the final Formula Regional Asian Championship race of the weekend at Yas Marina Circuit after nasty startline crash delayed proceedings.
Evans GP’s Cem Bolukbasi stalled from 10th on the grid and was collected by Amna Al Qubaisi and Salih Yoluc, who had shared the 12th row of the grid.
After a lengthy red flag period to recover the damaged cars, the race was restarted behind the safety car with 27 minutes remaining.
The safety car was withdrawn after three laps, with Mini leading the field for Hitech GP. The 2020 Italian Formula 4 champion pulled over three seconds clear of Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Jak Crawford. The top two remained the same until the finish, with Mini taking victory by 2.659s and the championship lead.
Isack Hadjar applied early pressure on fellow Red Bull junior Crawford for second. He tried a move into the turn six chicane, but was passed around the outside of turn nine by race two winner Gabriel Bortoleto.
After wrestling back third into turn six on the next lap, Hadjar finished 0.5s behind Crawford to complete a double podium for Hitech.
Pinnacle Motorsport’s Pepe Marti and Mumbai Falcons’ Arthur Leclerc both passed Bortoleto in the closing stages to finish fourth and fifth respectively.
Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Paul Aron was seventh for Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema ahead of 3Y Technology by R-ace GP duo Lorenzo Fluxa and Hadrien David.
Race one winner Sebastian Montoya was the final points scorer in 10th for Mumbai Falcons after an exciting scrap with David.
Ten drivers were placed under investigation after the chequered flag fell, including Fluxa, David and Montoya.
Race results (15 laps)
|1||Gabriele Mini||Hitech GP|
|2||Jak Crawford||Abu Dhabi Racing by Premaa||+2.659s|
|3||Isack Hadjar||Hitech GP||+3.121s|
|4||Pepe Marti||Pinnacle Motorsport||+4.340s|
|5||Arthur Leclerc||Mumbai Falcons||+5.891s|
|6||Gabriel Bortoleto||3Y by R-ace GP||+6.703s|
|7||Paul Aron||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+8.638s|
|8||Lorenzo Fluxa||3Y by R-ace GP||+9.217s|
|9||Hadrien David||3Y by R-ace GP||+9.658s|
|10||Sebastian Montoya||Mumbai Falcons||+11.605s|
|11||Dino Beganovic||Mumbai Falcons||+12.759s|
|12||Joshua Dufek||Hitech GP||+19.430s|
|13||Levente Revesz||Evans GP Academy||+22.772s|
|14||Nicola Marinangeli||Evans GP||+23.032s|
|15||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+24.493s|
|16||Ayato Iwasake||Pinnacle Motorsport||+25.551s|
|17||Brice Morabito||BlackArts Racing||+31.192s|
|18||Oliver Goethe||3Y by R-ace GP||+46.663s|
|19||Khaled Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+47.443s|
|20||Thomas Luedi||BlackArts Racing||+48.934s|
|21||Frederick Lubin||Evans GP||+1 lap|
|Ret||Leonardo Fornaroli||Hitech GP|
|Ret||David Morales||Evans GP Academy|
|Ret||Cem Bolukbasi||Evans GP|
|Ret||Amna Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema|
|Ret||Salih Yoluc||Pinnacle Motorsport|
|DNS||Dilano van’t Hoff||Pinnacle Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Marti, 1m52.615s