Sebastian Montoya won the first Formula Regional Asian Championship race of the weekend at Dubai Autodrome as Mumbai Falcons team-mates Arthur Leclerc and Dino Beganovic inherited podium finishes.
Montoya was jumped by Isack Hadjar at the start but was able to reclaim the lead with a move at the first corner.
From there, Hadjar was able to keep with Montoya as the race progressed until red flags were waved as debutant Francesco Braschi’s car spectacularly blew up at the start of the back straight just after the halfway point of the 30-minute race.
The race was resumed with 12 minutes to go via a safety car restart as sunlight reduced. At this point Hitech GP drivers Hadjar and Leonardo Fornaroli, running second and third, had been handed five-second penalties for being out of position at the original start.
Therefore, while Hadjar was able to keep up with Montoya, it was a comfortable win for the Colombian.
Leclerc passed Beganovic on the final lap and then moved up to second with the penalties so extended his points lead.
Pinnacle Motorsport’s Pepe Marti took fourth just ahead of Hadjar, while Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Paul Aron slipped down the order to sixth. Dilano van’t Hoff (Pinnacle), BlackArts Racing’s Pierre Louis Chovet, Fornaroli and Evans GP’s Michael Belov rounded out the top 10, with the latter taking reversed grid pole for race two.
After a dreadful start from third on the grid, Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Jak Crawford was able to recover from towards the back to finish just behind Lorenzo Fluxa in 12th.
Thomas Luedi retired after a collision with Masters classification rival Salih Yoluc on the penultimate lap, but the car was far enough out of the way such that the safety car was not required again.
Race results (13 laps)
|1||Sebastian Montoya||Mumbai Falcons||27m49.338s|
|2||Arthur Leclerc||Mumbai Falcons||+3.263s|
|3||Dino Beganovic||Mumbai Falcons||+4.119s|
|4||Pepe Marti||Pinnacle Motorsport||+4.853s|
|5||Isack Hadjar||Hitech GP||+5.165s|
|6||Paul Aron||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+6.487s|
|7||Dilano van’t Hoff||Pinnacle Motorsport||+7.035s|
|8||Pierre-Louis Chovet||BlackArts Racing||+7.339s|
|9||Leonardo Fornaroli||Hitech GP||+7.597s|
|10||Michael Belov||Evans GP||+7.766s|
|11||Lorenzo Fluxa||3Y by R-ace GP||+8.234s|
|12||Jak Crawford||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+9.095s|
|13||Patrik Pasma||Evans GP||+9.427s|
|14||Nicola Marinangeli||Evans GP||+10.367s|
|15||Levente Revesz||Evans GP Academy||+12.727s|
|16||Joshua Dufek||Hitech GP||+13.377s|
|17||Frederick Lubin||Evans GP||+14.185s|
|18||Hamda Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+16.096s|
|19||Ayato Iwasaki||Pinnacle Motorsport||+16.577s|
|20||Owen Tangavelou||Hitech GP||+18.771s|
|21||Amna Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+19.750s|
|22||Khaled Al Qubaisi||Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema||+23.409s|
|23||Oliver Goethe||3Y by R-ace GP||+24.382s|
|24||David Morales||Evans GP Academy||+26.989s|
|25||Salih Yoluc||Pinnacle Motorsport||+30.839s|
|26||Thomas Luedi||BlackArts Racing||2 laps|
|Ret||Francesco Braschi||3Y by R-ace GP|
|Fastest lap: Montoya, 1m56.687s