European F3 champion Rosenqvist grabs race win in Indy Lights debut

Reigning European Formula 3 champion Felix Rosenqvist claimed a race win on his debut in the Indy Lights series in St Petersburg

European F3 champion Rosenqvist grabs race win in Indy Lights debut

Rosenqvist split the wins with early championship leader Felix Serralles in the season opener.

The Swede had qualified well in second, but couldn't make the most of his front-row grid position for his first ever rolling start in Saturday's opening race, dropping down to sixth.

Kaiser started from pole, but a bold getaway from Zach Veach propelled him from third to first, ahead of Kaiser and a storming Serralles, who moved up from seventh.

Veach opened up a comfortable lead of 1.7 seconds, but on lap 17 an electrical fault vaulted the three-time Lights winner to the back.

That promoted Serralles to first, and he secured the win ahead of Scott Hargrove and Kyle Kaiser.

Debutants Rosenqvist and Dean Stoneman finished seventh and eighth respectively.

While Rosenqvist lost out in the first race, the two-time Macau Grand Prix winner proved he had learned from that when he won the second race with a controlled lights-to-flag victory.

An early yellow flag period thanks to a clumsy overtake attempt by Shelby Blackstock, and lapped traffic that failed to heed blue flags looked to challenge Rosenqvist's dominance, cutting his 3.4s lead down to 1.8s.

But the Belardi Auto Racing driver rebuilt that advantage, crossing the line 4.3s ahead of Kaiser and Veach.

With a third and a second, Kaiser sits second in the championship behind Serralles, with Rosenqvist third.

Racing with Andretti Autosport, Stoneman had a better day to finish sixth for race two.

RACE 1 RESULTS - 30 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Felix Serralles Carlin 34m14.4964s
2 Scott Hargrove Team Pelfrey 5.5336s
3 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 6.1320s
4 Santiago Urrutia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 7.8009s
5 R.C. Enerson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 8.4345s
6 Andre Negrao Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 12.1840s
7 Felix Rosenqvist Belardi Auto Racing 12.8449s
8 Dean Stoneman Andretti Autosport 13.5796s
9 Juan Piedrahita Team Pelfrey 15.7225s
10 Ed Jones Carlin 36.1840s
11 Zachary Claman Juncos Racing 46.5642s
12 Neil Alberico Carlin 47.1650s
13 Scott Anderson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 47.7760s
14 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 48.1225s
15 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport 1 Lap
16 Zach Veach Belardi Auto Racing 3 Laps

RACE 2 RESULTS - 45 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Felix Rosenqvist Belardi Auto Racing 51m45.8621s
2 Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 4.3675s
3 Zach Veach Belardi Auto Racing 7.4736s
4 Felix Serralles Carlin 11.0357s
5 Andre Negrao Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 13.4341s
6 Dean Stoneman Andretti Autosport 14.2443s
7 Ed Jones Carlin 19.2592s
8 Juan Piedrahita Team Pelfrey 19.8197s
9 Scott Anderson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1m07.6326s
10 Dalton Kellett Andretti Autosport 1m08.9158s
11 Shelby Blackstock Andretti Autosport 1 Lap
12 R.C. Enerson Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1 Lap
13 Santiago Urrutia Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 1 Lap
14 Scott Hargrove Team Pelfrey 1 Lap
15 Neil Alberico Carlin Contact
16 Zachary Claman Juncos Racing Spun off

CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Felix Serralles 49
2 Kyle Kaiser 48
3 Felix Rosenqvist 47
4 Scott Hargrove 32
5 Andre Negrao 32
6 Zach Veach 29
7 Dean Stoneman 28
8 Santiago Urrutia 27
9 R.C. Enerson 26
10 Ed Jones 25
11 Juan Piedrahita 25
12 Scott Anderson 20
13 Dalton Kellett 17
14 Shelby Blackstock 17
15 Zachary Claman 15
16 Neil Alberico 15


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