Jack Doohan Survives Wet Scrap For 2021 Belgian Race Three Victory

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Trident’s Jack Doohan survived a wet scrap to take victory at 2021 Belgian Race Three from MP Motorsport’s Victor Martins.

The race took place in wet conditions with four formation laps followed by a rolling start, as Doohan fought off Martins, only for the Frenchman to take the lead at Pouhon on lap five with an outside move.

MP Motorsport however instructed Martins to hand the position back on the next lap in order to avoid a potential penalty, which he did despite ultimately failing to reclaim the lead as Doohan held on for a comfortable win come the checkered flag.

Aleksandr Smolyar fended off Caio Collet for third as Clement Novalak, Frederik Vesti, Logan Sargeant, Dennis Hauger, David Schumacher and Arthur Leclerc completed the top ten.

In the driver standings, Hauger now hold a 25 point lead ahead of Doohan with two rounds left of the season, as Vesti sits third ahead of Martins who improved to fourth in the championship ahead of Smolyar who round out the top five drivers.

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Although cloudy skies lingered overnight, rain returned at dawn and has been intermittent throughout the morning, leaving the track wet at the start as the race began under the Safety Car for the opening four laps.

Once the racing got underway with a rolling start, Doohan made clean getaway ahead of Martins as Johnathan Hoggard overtook Schumacher in the only change inside the top ten.

Doohan’s main title rival, Hauger initially stayed 14th but managed to improve to P9 in the next four laps as he reeled off Lorenzo Colombo, Jak Crawford, Roman Stanek and Hoggard.

Up front, Martins kept Doohan under pressure and took the lead at Pouhon on lap five despite unintentionally overtaking with all four wheels on the outside kerbs, resulting in him handing the lead back a lap later which Doohan ultimately held to the flag.

Hoggard’s challenge for points ended on lap ten as he ran wide at exit of Les Combes chicane, dropping him to 16th.

Hauger on that same lap made an outside move on Schumacher to take eighth at Courbe Paul Frere which he held to the flag, to limit Doohan’s points haul margin to 21 points and keep himself in firm control of the title fight.

Up front, Doohan went on to win from Martins by 2.001 seconds which is his second win of the weekend after he took victory in the second race.

Position Driver Team Laps Time
1 Jack Doohan Trident 14 33m 52.417
2 Victor Martins MP Motorsport 14 + 2.001
3 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP 14 + 12.205
4 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 14 + 13.316
5 Clement Novalak Trident 14 + 14.383
6 Frederik Vesti ART GP 14 + 15.959
7 Logan Sargeant Charouz 14 + 17.705
8 Dennis Hauger PREMA 14 + 18.359
9 David Schumacher Trident 14 + 20.996
10 Arthur Leclerc PREMA 14 + 22.940
11 Olli Caldwell PREMA 14 + 30.230
12 Jak Crawford Hitech GP 14 + 35.466
13 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP 14 + 37.487
14 Lorenzo Colombo Campos 14 + 38.091
15 Roman Stanek Hitech GP 14 + 43.686
16 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer 14 + 45.687
17 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab 14 + 50.013
18 Calan Williams Jenzer 14 + 52.941
19 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport 14 + 54.192
20 Jonny Edgar Carlin 14 + 54.400
21 Ido Cohen Carlin 14 + 55.057
22 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP 14 + 55.654
23 Laszlo Toth Campos 14 + 1m 01.370
24 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz 14 + 1m 03.391
25 Filip Ugran Jenzer 14 + 1m 18.617
26 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab 14 + 2m 13.964
RET Amaury Cordeel Campos 14 Mechanical
RET Hunter Yeany Charouz 1 Mechanical
RET Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab 1 Collision

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