FIA Formula 3: Vidales claims maiden F3 victory on home soil

Feature Image Credit: David Vidales Instagram

David Vidales brilliantly takes his and the team’s first-ever Formula 3 victory on their home race, dominating the weekend’s first race from reversed pole position.

Despite getting pressurized by his fellow rookie Jak Crawford in a closely-fought battle halfway through the 20-laps-long session, the headstrong Vidales still managed to take his first victory in the category with 1.2 seconds clear of Crawford, who settled in second for PREMA.

The temperature kept rising in Barcelona as the battle heated up for the final podium spot as ART’s Juan Manuel Correa returned to the series with a competitive performance in battling out MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet and PREMA Racing’s Arthur Leclerc for third.

However, Correa finished fifth after his tires faded regardless of his strong performance in fighting for third, as Collet and Leclerc easily cleared the American driver to continue their rise-up order.

Alexander Smolyar made up four places to finish sixth in the second MP Motorsport car ahead of Hitech’s rookie Kaylen Frederick in seventh as tomorrow’s polesitter Roman Stanek placed his Trident in the eighth.

Lastly, Van Amersfoort Racing’s Reece Ushjima claimed ninth after taking over Oliver Bearman’s place to score his first championship points, as Hitech’s rookie Isack Hadjar rounded out the top 10.

Feature Race will occur at 10.05 local times in Barcelona, with Trident’s Roman Stanek starting from the pole position for the first time, joined by the championship leader Victor Martins on the front row.

Sprint Race results:

1 David Vidales Campos Racing
2 Jak Crawford PREMA Racing
3 Caio Collet MP Motorsport
4 Arthur Leclerc PREMA Racing
5 Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix
6 Alexander Smolyar MP Motorsport
7 Kaylen Frederick Hitech Grand Prix
8 Roman Stanek Trident
9 Reece Ushijima Van Amersfoort Racing
10 Isack Hadjar Hitech Grand Prix
11 Gregoire Saucy ART Grand Prix
12 Oliver Bearman PREMA Racing
13 Josep Maria Marti Campos Racing
14 Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing
15 William Alatalo Jenzer Motorsport
16 Oliver Rasmussen Trident
17 Kush Maini MP Motorsport
18 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin
19 Frederico Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport
20 Lirim Zendelli Charouz Racing System
21 Zane Maloney Trident
22 Enzo Trulli Carlin
23 Ido Cohen Jenzer Motorsport
24 Francesco Pizzi Charouz Racing System
25 Brad Benavides Carlin
26 Laszlo Toth Charouz Racing System
27 Hunter Yeany Campos Racing
28 Nazim Azman Hitech Grand Prix
29 Franco Colapinto Van Amersfoort Racing
30 Victor Martins ART Grand Prix
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