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Pasma wins in FRAC as Crawford storms up order to second

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: FRAC

Patrik Pasma took a comfortable Formula Regional Asian Championship win at Dubai Autodrome, as Jak Crawford charged from sixth to finish second in a dramatic photo finish.

Francesco Braschi had reversed grid pole, while Dilano van’t Hoff started third but stalled and plummeted to last before the first corner.

Ollie Bearman charged up the order on lap one, successfully challenging Braschi for second position. Braschi had already lost ground to Pasma, after he passed through the opening corners.

The race was then interrupted by the safety car as Hamda Al Qubaisi retired after stopping on the pit straight.

On the restart, Braschi was under pressure from Crawford down the pit straight. The pair battled for third, with Crawford being set wide as the pair raced wheel-to-wheel.

This gave chance to Gabriele Mini, who had now closed in on Crawford, but the Italian racer went wide and lost two positions. It was a lap later until Crawford was able to pass Braschi to claim the final podium spot.

Pepe Marti and Arthur Leclerc were also close behind and quickly able to put Braschi under even more pressure. Marti passed within a lap as the pair battled through the final three corners of lap seven of 15.

Braschi was then given a drive-through penalty, taking him out of the battling.

In the final laps, the fight for second came alive once more while Pasma raced away up front. Crawford attempted to pass Bearman around the outside of the first corner, the pair banged wheels but Bearman was defending and able to stay ahead.

They continued to battle wheel-to-wheel and Crawford was able to finish in front of Bearman, after passing around the outside of the final corner, in a dramatic photo finish.

After his stall, van’t Hoff recovered to 14th place.

Race result (15 laps)
Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Patrik Pasma Evans GP 31m08.812s
2 Jak Crawford Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +7.264s
3 Ollie Bearman Mumbai Falcons +7.356s
4 Pepe Marti Pinnacle Motorsport +7.603s
5 Arthur Leclerc Mumbai Falcons +9.283s
6 Michael Belov Evans GP +11.881s
7 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP +13.683s
8 Paul Aron Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +15.220s
9 Lorenzo Fluxa 3Y by R-ace GP +15.826s
10 Pierre-Louis Chovet BlackArts Racing +16.652s
11 Isack Hadjar Hitech GP +17.160s
12 Oliver Goethe 3Y by R-ace GP +19.472s
13 Dilano van’t Hoff Pinnacle Motorsport +19.712s
14 Dino Beganovic Mumbai Falcons +20.336s
15 Owen Tangavelou Hitech GP +22.063s
16 Ayato Iwasaki Pinnacle Motorsport +22.650s
17 Nicola Marinangeli Evans GP +25.416s
18 Levente Revesz Evans GP Academy +28.320s
19 Lena Buhler 3Y by R-ace GP +28.849s
20 Francesco Braschi 3Y by R-ace GP +35.668s
21 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +36.058s
22 Salih Yoluc Pinnacle Motorsport +43.635s
23 David Morales Evans GP Academy +44.282s
24 Thomas Luedi BlackArts Racing +48.213s
25 Khaled Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +49.143s
Ret Ido Cohen BlackArts Racing
Ret Hamda Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema
Fastest lap: Crawford, 1m56.206s

Championship standings
1 Leclerc 153   2 Marti 123   3 Hadjar 96   Sebastian Montoya 92   4 Beganovic 88   6 Crawford 78   7 Mini 71   8 Hadrien David 64   9 Fluxa 58   10 Gabriel Bortoleto 46