F2 – Doohan takes his third victory of the season at Spa


Jack Doohan made his Feature Race victory at Spa-Francorchamps look comfy, profitable from Felipe Drugovich and Liam Lawson after beginning fourth on the grid.

The Virtuosi Racing driver pulled off an undercut and held the MP Motorsport driver at arm’s size for the the rest of the race to safe the victory.

Lawson’s P3 end made it two podiums from two races in Belgium to cap off a robust weekend for the Carlin driver.

AS IT HAPPENED

Drugovich surged off the line and Doohan cleared Enzo Fittipaldi to take second into La Source. David Beckmann adopted via down the Kemmel Straight on the Charouz Racing System driver at Les Combes to take third. Logan Sargeant dropped down additionally, falling from third on the grid to seventh on the opening lap.

Lawson was the subsequent to make a transfer on Fittipaldi, going aspect-by-aspect with the Brazilian into Les Combes on Lap 2. The Charouz ran over the escape street to carry place from the Carlin. Lawson was ultimately let again via by Fittipaldi coming into Lap 5 however benefitted from DRS down the Kemmel Straight and went aspect-by-aspect with the Carlin via Les Combes. Some minor wheel banging ensued, however it was the New Zealander who emerged with fourth.

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Théo Pourchaire’s title hopes took a significant hit although, sliding down the order and out of the race with a problem. Richard Verschoor took fifth from the Charouz on the subsequent lap, utilizing DRS to assert the place into Les Combes.

Fittipaldi and Sargeant had been the first to pit for mediums on Lap 8, feeding again out in 14th and fifteenth locations respectively. Lawson responded on the following lap, however it was a sluggish cease for the Carlin driver. He rejoined forward of Fittipaldi however had the Charouz for shut firm because of this of the delay.

Doohan was in from second on Lap 10, leaving Drugovich and Verschoor at the head of the discipline. Beckmann additionally pitted however the Van Amersfoort Racing driver in the end fell behind the Lawson/Fittipaldi battle. The Brazilian tried a transfer round the exterior into Les Combes on Lawson however as soon as extra, ran throughout the exit and had to surrender the place to the Carlin.

Drugovich made his obligatory cease on Lap 11, relinquishing the result in Verschoor. The earlier cease for Doohan gave him a cushty lead as Drugovich struggled to generate tyre temperature on pit exit.

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Dennis Hauger was in a position to pull off a transfer at Les Combes round the exterior, clearing Marcus Armstrong of their battle at the decrease finish of the high 10, however contact mid-nook despatched the PREMA Racing man throughout the kerbs. The Norwegian was in a position to keep forward however Armstrong later acquired a 5-second time penalty for the incident.

Doohan’s lead had been greater than three seconds over Drugovich however after catching visitors in those who had been but to pit, it allowed the Brazilian to shut again as much as inside DRS vary in the lead battle.

Jüri Vips and Zendeli had been the first of these on mediums to swap to the softs on Lap 15 whereas Verschoor and Ayumu Iwasa continued to increase their stints at the entrance. The DAMS driver was in on Lap 16 for his softs, however Verschoor was starting to set a good tempo regardless of the tyre drawback to Doohan and Drugovich. The Dutchman was in on Lap 17 for his obligatory cease and fed again out in ninth place, 19 seconds off the lead Virtuosi Racing automobile.

Verschoor cleared Armstrong with DRS at the high of the hill on Lap 18 and set about the practice of vehicles forward of him in the decrease finish of the high 10. A transfer out of the last nook gave him seventh in opposition to Hauger and he repeated the similar transfer on Beckmann one lap later to rise as much as sixth.

DRS on Sargeant moved the Trident driver as much as fifth on Lap 20 and a repeat on Lap 21, this time on Fittipaldi, gave him fourth place however with seven seconds to make as much as attain a podium struggle with Lawson. It was so far as the Trident received although, unable to shut up additional as his softs started to put on.

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Doohan had issues underneath management out in entrance forward of Drugovich and took victory with no menace on the last lap. The MP driver prolonged his Championship lead with one other podium whereas Lawson claimed his second podium of the weekend in third. Verschoor ended up fourth forward of Fittipaldi, Sargeant, Beckmann, Iwasa, Vips and Novalak in the high 10.

KEY QUOTE – Jack Doohan, Virtuosi Racing

“I’m stoked! Finally my first Feature Race win and for it to all come together like that this weekend, obviously not perfect, but P2 in the Sprint from P7 and P1 today from P4 is the most I could’ve asked for. I’m really happy. Now just eyes forward on the next two rounds and the remainder of the season.”

THE CHAMPIONSHIP VIEW

Drugovich’s factors tally climbs as much as 205 whereas Pourchaire’s DNF leaves him 43 factors adrift in second. Sargeant stays third in the standings on 127 factors. Doohan’s victory lifts him as much as fourth in the Championship, now on 121 factors forward of Lawson who reaches 114 for the season.

In the Teams’ Championship, ART Grand Prix nonetheless leads the means on 253 factors, however Carlin has closed the hole in second, now on 241 factors. MP Motorsport stays in third too, now on 232 factors.

WHAT’S NEXT?

Formula 2 is again immediately subsequent weekend, with the Championship heading to Zandvoort on September 4-6.

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