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Pierre-Louis Chovet wins again to take Asian F3 points lead

by Josh Suttill

Photo: F3 Asian Championship

Pierre-Louis Chovet took his third victory of the Asian Formula 3 season to storm into the championship lead after race one of the second back-to-back round at Yas Marina Circuit.

Pinnacle Motorsport’s Chovet blasted past Formula 2 race-winner Jehan Daruvala to take the race lead into Turn 1 on the opening lap, but it wasn’t long before the safety car was required when Lorenzo Fluxa and Rafael Villagomez ran into terminal trouble.

There was drama on the restart as Williams Formula 1 tester Roy Nissany dived down the inside of Patrik Pasma for fourth place at the first chicane. Nissany clattered into Pasma and the latter was eliminated while Nissany resumed in fourth place.

There were no such troubles for Chovet out front. The Frenchman maintained a consistent buffer to Mumbai Falcons’ poleman Daruvala and Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Guanyu Zhou.

In addition to passing Daruvala at the top of the standings, fastest lap also earned Chovet pole for race two.

Second and third place respectively keeps F1 juniors Daruvala and Zhou in the title fight, while Ferrari junior Dino Beganovic was able to make a move stick on DAMS F2 driver Nissany to claim fourth.

Nissany scored his best result since the opening round of the season in fifth place ahead of his Hitech GP team-mate Ayumu Iwasa.

Sim racing star Cem Bolukbasi finished in seventh place for BlackArts Racing, after passing Daruvala’s Kush Maini in the closing stages of the race. The Indian finally avoided misfortune to score his first points of the season in eighth.

French Formula 4 graduate Isack Hadjar and Roman Stanek rounded out the top 10.

Chovet will start race two from pole ahead of Zhou, Hadjar and Fluxa, who brilliantly recovered from his opening lap drama to re-join the race and set the fourth fastest lap of the race.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport 15 laps
2 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons +3.861s
3 Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +5.640s
4 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +9.006s
5 Roy Nissany Hitech GP +15.907s
6 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +17.819s
7 Cem Bolukbasi BlackArts Racing +20.687s
8 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons +22.982s
9 Isack Hadjar Evans GP +23.665s
10 Roman Stanek Hitech GP +25.322s
11 Roberto Faria Motorscape +29.119s
12 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +31.446s
13 Nicola Marinangeli Motorscape +32.489s
14 Alexandre Bardinon Pinnacle Motorsport +34.357s
15 Amna Al Qubaisi Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +37.683s
16 Alessio Deledda Pinnacle Motorsport +38.524s
17 Matthias Luethen Pinnacle Motorsport +39.680s
Ret Lorenzo Fluxa BlackArts Racing
Ret Patrik Pasma Evans GP
Ret Rafael Villagomez BlackArts Racing
Fastest lap: Chovet, 1m54.325s

Championship standings
1 Chovet 119   2 Daruvala 113   3 Zhou 105   4 Hadjar 81   5 Beganovic 73   6 Nissany 63   7 Iwasa 51   8 Bolukbasi 29   9 Pasma 23   10 Ushijima 18