FIA Formula 3: Victor Martins clinches maiden victory over a hectic battle in Race 2

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Victor Martins secures his first-ever F3 win in a frantic battle over the race lead, pulling out the risky moves to snatch the long race leader Clement Novalak position to take the home win for MP Motorsport.

This season, Martins marked the 11th different winner, after beating four drivers to pole, from the fifth position, slowly gaining places with a compelling strategy.

The Frenchman surge into the lead with less than ten laps before the race ends, as he jumped into the opportunity, running faster than Clement Novalak in his Trident, leaving an insanely close gap behind.

This was Novalak’s second podium finish of the season. Despite the unpleasant feeling of almost winning the race, the French-Swiss driver made it to the podium after a tough battle from Martins ahead of ART’s Frederik Vesti in third.

The championship leader Dennis Hauger almost made it to the top 5 before the collision happened between Carlin’s Ido Cohen, as Hauger dropped down to the 27th position in the last two laps of the race.

His rival Jack Doohan didn’t earn any points from Race 2, dropping back to 19th after going into the gravel with less than a few sectors to run.

MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet appeared in the fourth place ahead of Trident’s David Schumacher, denying Olli Caldwell to finish inside the top 5 by closing the gap to less than half a second to the Briton.

The PREMA Racing duo, Olli Caldwell and Arthur Leclerc, ended the 24 laps long race in the sixth and seventh place, respectively. 

Last round podium finishers Jak Crawford was eighth for Hitech Grand Prix, followed by HWA Racelab’s Matteo Nannini in ninth and Charouz Racing’s Logan Sargeant finishing one place behind the Italian driver.

The last race of the Dutch Grand Prix will get underway at 10.45 local time as Dennis Hauger seeks another chance to strengthen the championship lead from pole position.

Race 2 result:

1 Victor Martins MP Motorsport
2 Clement Novalak Trident
3 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix
4 Caio Collet MP Motorsport
5 David Schumacher Trident
6 Olli Caldwell PREMA Racing
7 Arthur Leclerc PREMA Racing
8 Jak Crawford Hitech Grand Prix
9 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab
10 Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System
11 Kaylen Frederick Carlin Buzz Racing
12 Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport
13 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab
14 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab
15 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix
16 Roman Stanek Hitech Grand Prix
17 Laszlo Toth Campos Racing
18 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix
19 Jack Doohan Trident
20 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport
21 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System
22 Tjimen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport
23 Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport
24 Hunter Yeany Charouz Racing System
25 Jonny Edgar Carlin Buzz Racing
26 Ido Cohen Carlin Buzz Racing
27 Dennis Hauger PREMA Racing
28 Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing
29 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech Grand Prix
30 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing


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