16 year-old Theo Pourchaire emerged victorious in a dramatic second F3 Styrian race, following a late collision between Liam Lawson and Jake Hughes.
Pourchaire briefly led the opening three laps before Lawson and Hughes got past with DRS on the back straight, triggering a race long tussle between the pair for victory which ended in a collision on lap 21.
Hughes got DRS on run to turn four and decided to pass around the outside, only for Lawson to clip the inside kerb and slide into Hughes breaking their front left and right tyres respectively to bring out a safety car finish.
Pourchaire managed to avoid the incident and breeze past to take a maiden F3 win from Logan Sargeant and David Beckmann, of who clinched his second third-placed finish of this weekend.
Describing his shock victory as the youngest F3 winner, Pourchaire said; “To win the race is amazing.
“It is only my second round in Formula 3, and I would like to thank ART Grand Prix for their amazing work with the car.
Richard Verschoor, Oscar Piastri, Olli Caldwell, Max Fewtrell, Frederik Vesti, Sebastian Fernandez and Lirim Zendeli complete the top ten point scoring finishers.Embed from Getty Images
Pourchaire made a great start to race into the lead ahead of Hughes, who made a slow getaway from reverse pole as Alex Peroni twice ran wide on the opening lap further down the order at turns one and three.
Hughes had the French teenager reeled in by lap four and as he went towards the outside line of turn four. Lawson dived down the middle of the pair to take the lead, of which Hughes claimed at the same corner on the next lap.
Clement Novalak had an airborne moment on lap six when he got launched over the kerb on lap six, luckily continuing after a successful inspection in the pits.
Lawson meanwhile continued to battle Hughes and reclaimed the lead on lap 11, with a lunge into turn four for the lead.
Sophia Floersch triggered the first safety car a lap later when she got clipped by ART GP’s Aleksandr Smolyar to send her spinning out of the race, destroying the Rolex sponsored polystyrene in the process.
Once racing restarted on lap 17, Hughes pushed Lawson all the way which resulted in a race ending collision as Hughes tried the outside line of turn four with stronger traction only for Lawson to clip inside kerb and slide into him to end their races.
Pourchaire consequently inherited the lead which he held to the checkered flag in a safety car finish, to win from Sargeant and Beckmann.
|1||Theo Pourchaire||ART GP||24||38m 25.185|
|2||Logan Sargeant||Prema||24||+ 0.464|
|3||David Beckmann||Trident||24||+ 0.674|
|4||Richard Verschoor||MP Motorsport||24||+ 1.102|
|5||Oscar Piastri||Prema||24||+ 1.805|
|6||Olli Caldwell||Trident||24||+ 1.876|
|7||Max Fewtrell||Hitech GP||24||+ 2.197|
|8||Frederik Vesti||Prema||24||+ 2.594|
|9||Sebastian Fernandez||ART GP||24||+ 3.017|
|10||Lirim Zendeli||Trident||24||+ 3.324|
|11||Alex Peroni||Campos||24||+ 3.662|
|12||Dennis Hauger||Hitech GP||24||+ 3.968|
|13||Enzo Fittipaldi||HWA Racelab||24||+ 4.263|
|14||Igor Fraga||Charouz||24||+ 4.540|
|15||Enaam Ahmed||Carlin||24||+ 5.398|
|16||Bent Viscaal||MP Motorsport||24||+ 5.786|
|17||David Schumacher||Charouz||24||+ 6.412|
|18||Roman Stanek||Charouz||24||+ 6.592|
|19||Lukas Dunner||MP Motorsport||24||+8.379|
|20||Jack Doohan||HWA Racelab||24||+ 8.588|
|21||Aleksandr Smolyar||ART GP||24||+8.924|
|22||Alessio Deledda||Campos||24||+ 9.736|
|23||Frederico Malvestiti||Jenzer||24||+ 10.011|
|24||Calan Williams||Jenzer||24||+ 11.342|
|25||Clement Novalak||Carlin||23||+ 1 lap|
|26||Liam Lawson||Hitech GP||20||Collision|
|27||Jake Hughes||HWA Racelab||20||Collision|