Jack Doohan Claims Maiden F3 Pole For 2021 Belgian Race Three in Wet Qualifying

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Trident’s Jack Doohan overcame the wet conditions of Spa Francorchamps to clinch pole position for 2021 Belgian Race Three, after Trident teammate – Clement Novalak topped Practice.

Difficult weather conditions affected running throughout Practice and Qualifying as F3 cars initially faced damp conditions in Practice, followed by a wet track in Qualifying which began to dry towards the end.

Trident though were the only team to master the elements as Novalak topped Practice whilst Doohan claimed pole position for Sunday’s Belgian Race Three.

Now here is a full roundup of Friday’s F3 action in Belgium across both sessions.

Practice

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Practice began in damp conditions as morning fog slowly but surely cleared with ART GP’s Aleksandr Smolyar setting the initial pace on 2m 06.748 ahead of Jenzer’s Johnathan Hoggard as Smolyar’s teammate – Frederik Vesti found himself third quickest in a slow start as teams adapted to damp conditions.

Ayumu Iwasa and Zdenek Chovanec suffered spins at Campus and Les Combes respectively in a three minute spell, as Jack Doohan went fastest with 2m 06.356 in the 20th minute, only to be displaced by Lorenzo Colombo eight minutes later after the latter went 0.256s quicker.

Track conditions continued to dry up which caused times to fall further but only Clement Novalak and Oliver Rasmussen managed to better Colombo’s time, as Novalak topped the session with 2m 05.330 ahead of Rasmussen and Colombo with Doohan and Jak Crawford rounding out the top five.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Clement Novalak Trident 2m 05.330
2 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 0.495
3 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 0.770
4 Jack Doohan Trident + 0.927
5 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 1.029
6 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 1.062
7 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 1.118
8 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP + 1.379
9 Olli Caldwell PREMA + 1.451
10 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer + 1.468
11 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 1.483
12 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 1.511
13 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 1.588
14 Arthur Leclerc PREMA + 1.614
15 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 1.732
16 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 1.845
17 Caio Collet MP Motorsport + 1.857
18 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 1.911
19 David Schumacher Trident + 2.138
20 Hunter Yeany Charouz + 2.167
21 Calan Williams Jenzer + 2.331
22 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 2.408
23 Laszlo Toth Campos + 2.418
24 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz + 2.574
25 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 2.874
26 Jonny Edgar Carlin + 3.002
27 Ido Cohen Carlin + 3.085
28 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 4.163
29 Filip Ugran Jenzer No Time Set


Qualifying

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Heavy rain returned during W Series Practice and lingered around for the opening minutes of Qualifying, as Doohan set the initial fastest lap time of 2m 21.953 which would go unbeaten, despite Novalak, Smolyar, Logan Sargeant and Victor Martins rounding out the initial top five after opening fliers were done.

Only Jak Crawford, Ayumu Iwasa and Calan Williams found improvement on their second fliers as Chovanec suffered a brief spin, although track conditions soon began to dry up as all three PREMA cars struggled to break the top ten with Arthur Leclerc eventually fastest in 13th position.

Majority of drivers opted to do quick pit stops and head back out on track, which enabled Martins to leap up to second ahead of Smolyar and Caio Collet as Sargeant displaced Novalak to qualify sixth fastest.

Doohan failed to improve on his first flier for rest of session, yet eventually hung on for his maiden pole position in F3 after Tijmen Van Der Helm’s stoppage at Blanchimont brought out the red flag with a minute left on the clock thus prematurely ending the session.

Doohan’s pole position also saw him cut his title deficit to Dennis Hauger down to 59 points after the Norwegian could only qualify 14th fastest for Sunday’s Race Three.

Lorenzo Colombo meanwhile inherited reverse-pole for Saturday’s Belgian Race One after qualifying 12th with Jak Crawford joining him on the front row.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Jack Doohan Trident 2m 21.953
2 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 0.704
3 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP + 0.769
4 Caio Collett MP Motorsport + 0.783
5 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 0.822
6 Clement Novalak Trident + 0.858
7 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 1.315
8 David Schumacher Trident + 1.800
9 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer + 1.832
10 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 1.863
11 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 2.011
12 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 2.109
13 Arthur Leclerc PREMA + 2.301
14 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 2.335
15 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 2.435
16 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 2.750
17 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 2.895
18 Olli Caldwell PREMA + 3.072
19 Calan Williams Jenzer + 3.124
20 Jonny Edgar Carlin + 3.185
21 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 3.219
22 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 3.433
23 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 3.660
24 Ido Cohen Carlin + 3.943
25 Laszlo Toth Campos + 4.008
26 Hunter Yeany Charouz + 4.116
27 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 4.272
28 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz + 4.762
29 Filip Ugran Jenzer No Time Set

 

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