France F3: Doohan beats Hauger on drying track to claim first series win

Trident’s Jack Doohan took his first FIA Formula 3 win at Paul Ricard, snatching victory from Prema Racing’s Dennis Hauger in a wet weather-affected race.

France F3: Doohan beats Hauger on drying track to claim first series win

The Australian, who started in fourth, passed championship leader Hauger on lap 14 to take the win, finishing 1.5s in front to follow up his maiden podium in the Barcelona feature race last time out.

There was less than a second between the pair in the charge to the finish, but Red Bull Junior Doohan - the son of legendary motorcycle racer Mick - emerged victorious.

MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet finished third to take his second podium of the year, beating team-mate and fellow Alpine Academy driver Victor Martins to third, despite the latter having started there.

Trident’s Clement Novalak finished fifth, with polesitter Frederik Vesti (ART Grand Prix) slipping back to sixth.

Hitech Grand Prix’s Ayuma Iwasa finished in seventh as ART Grand Prix’s Alexander Smolyar, who won Saturday’s first sprint race, rounded off the points finishers.

Hauger took the lead off the line from Vesti amid a lot of spray, with rain having fallen on Sunday morning, while Novalak held third.

A Virtual Safety Car was called on the third lap after Prema Racing’s Olli Caldwell went off the track and retired.

Logan Sargeant (Charouz Racing System) and Campos Racing’s Pierre-Louis Chovet also failed to finish the race, in a blow to 2020 title contender Sargeant's championship aspirations.

 

By lap 6, Vesti and Novalak were tussling for second, but the former soon dropped behind MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins and Doohan to fifth.

The following lap, Doohan continued his charge, taking third from Martins, before taking second from Vesti on lap 10, taking advantage of an oversteery moment for the Mercedes junior.

Doohan then pressurised on Hauger for the lead and on lap 15, eventually took the spot at Turn 4.

Charouz Racing System’s Rashad de Gerus took the fastest lap on lap 17 as the only driver who pitted for slicks, but finished down in 21st.

Race two winner Arthur Leclerc made another incredible charge through the field. The Prema driver, and younger brother of Ferrari Formula 1 racer Charles started last, as in race one, but came through to finish 13th.

France F3 race 3 results - 20 laps

Cla Driver Team Time Gap
1 Australia Jack Doohan Italy Trident -  
2 Norway Dennis Hauger Italy Prema Powerteam 1.500 1.500
3 Caio Collet Netherlands MP Motorsport 5.000 5.000
4 France Victor Martins Netherlands MP Motorsport 7.200 7.200
5 United Kingdom Clement Novalak Italy Trident 14.200 14.200
6 Denmark Frederik Vesti France ART Grand Prix 17.900 17.900
7 Ayumu Iwasa United Kingdom HitechGP 23.000 23.000
8 Russian Federation Alexander Smolyar France ART Grand Prix 24.800 24.800
9 United States Juan Manuel Correa France ART Grand Prix 25.500 25.500
10 Jak Crawford United Kingdom HitechGP 28.600 28.600
11 Brazil Enzo Fittipaldi Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 34.100 34.100
12 Australia Calan Williams Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 36.000 36.000
13 Arthur Leclerc Italy Prema Powerteam 39.000 39.000
14 United Kingdom Jonny Edgar United Kingdom Carlin 41.800 41.800
15 Czech Republic Roman Staněk United Kingdom HitechGP 42.300 42.300
16 Tijmen van Netherlands MP Motorsport 44.300 44.300
17 United States Kaylen Frederick United Kingdom Carlin 45.300 45.300
18 United Kingdom Johnathan Hoggard Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 45.800 45.800
19 Italy Lorenzo Colombo Spain Campos Racing 47.600 47.600
20 Italy Matteo Nannini Germany HWA AG 48.500 48.500
21 Reshad de Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 48.800 48.800
22 Oliver Rasmussen Germany HWA AG 53.900 53.900
23 Rafael Villagómez Germany HWA AG 54.600 54.600
24 Ido Cohen United Kingdom Carlin 56.600 56.600
25 Amaury Cordeel Spain Campos Racing 1'02.000 1'02.000
26 Filip Ugran Switzerland Jenzer Motorsport 1'08.200 1'08.200
27 Germany David Schumacher Italy Trident 1'08.500 1'08.500
28 Pierre-Louis Chovet Spain Campos Racing 2 laps  
29 United States Logan Sargeant Czech Republic Charouz Racing System 12 laps  
30 United Kingdom Olli Caldwell Italy Prema Powerteam 18 laps  
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