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Pierre-Louis Chovet wins thrilling Asian F3 Dubai finale

by Josh Suttill

Photo: Asian F3 Championship

Pierre-Louis Chovet emerged victorious in a thrilling final race of the season-opening Asian Formula 3 championship at the Dubai Autodrome.

There was drama at the start of the race as Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema’s Guanyu Zhou, who dominated the first two races of the weekend, was eliminated from the race after a collision with the Mumbai Falcons duo of Jehan Daruvala and Kush Maini.

Meanwhile, at the front of the field, Williams F1 test driver Roy Nissany passed polesitter Chovet on the exit of Turn 1 on the opening lap to seize the race lead.

Nissany was able to open up a lead of three seconds as the cars squabbled behind him, however, Chovet caught Nissany at half-distance.

Frenchman Chovet faced a tough defence from Nissany but he bided his time and made a bold move on the 26-year-old. Nissany was sent wide which also allowed Prema’s Dino Beganovic to power past both Roman Stanek and Nissany to move from fourth to second place in one corner.

Beganovic was unable to make a significant impression on race leader Chovet, who scooped his second victory in Regional F3 machinery to close the gap to championship leader Zhou to a single point.

Beganovic’s second consecutive P2 finish ensures he rounds out the top three in the championship after the opening weekend of the season. He is sharing the second Prema entry with his 2021 Formula Regional European Championship by Alpine team-mate David Vidales.

Nissany’s Hitech GP team-mate Stanek was eliminated by contact, clearing the way for Nissany to earn his second podium of the weekend.

French F4 graduate Isack Hadjar capped off a strong maiden weekend in Regional F3 machinery with a fourth-place finish ahead of Red Bull junior Ayumu Iwasa, who completed the top five.

Reece Ushijima earned his best result of the weekend in sixth place, while Daruvala made an incredible comeback drive through the field, to come from the back of the field to seventh place ahead of sim racer Cem Bolukbasi (BlackArts Racing).

Bolukbasi’s team-mates Zdenek Chovanec and Lorenzo Fluxa scored their first points of the weekend in ninth and 10th place respectively.

Race results (19 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Pierre-Louis Chovet Pinnacle Motorsport 19 laps
2 Dino Beganovic Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema +1.832s
3 Roy Nissany Hitech GP +5.423s
4 Isack Hadjar 3Y Evans GP +7.846s
5 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP +9.945s
6 Reece Ushijima Hitech GP +14.105s
7 Jehan Daruvala Mumbai Falcons +15.926s
8 Cem Bolukbasi BlackArts Racing +22.108s
9 Zdenek Chovanec BlackArts Racing +25.865s
10 Lorenzo Fluxa BlackArts Racing +28.662s
11 Patrik Pasma 3Y Evans GP +29.332s
12 Rafael Villagomez BlackArts Racing +30.875s
13 Alessio Deledda Pinnacle Motorsport +31.190s
14 Nicola Marinangeli Motorscape +33.962s
15 Irina Sidorkova 3Y Evans GP +41.749s
16 Casper Stevenson 3Y Evans GP +55.493s
17 Matthias Lüthen Pinnacle Motorsport +1m01.085s
18 Amna Al Qubaisi BlackArts Racing +1m33.101s
19 Roberto Faria Motorscape + 1 lap
20 Kush Maini Mumbai Falcons + 1 lap
Ret Alexandre Bardinon Pinnacle Motorsport DNF
Ret Roman Stanek Hitech GP DNF
Ret Guanyu Zhou Abu Dhabi Racing by Prema DNF
Fastest Lap: Daruvala 1m36.237s

Championship Standings:
Zhou 50  2 Chovet 49  3 Beganovic 46  4 Nissany 37  5 Hadjar 31  6 Iwasa 28  7 Daruvala 24   8 Bolukbasi 12
9 Ushijima 9  10 Deledda 8