Prema’s Arthur Leclerc dominated Formula Three’s 50th race of modern era to take victory at 2021 Dutch Race One in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Leclerc made a clean start to sweep around the outside of Tarzanbocht to leap from third to first and proceeded to fend off Logan Sargeant, Ayumu Iwasa, Jak Crawford and Caio Collet throughout the race.
Jack Doohan benefitted from a collision between pole-sitter, Amaury Cordeel and Aleksandr Smolyar to finish sixth, ahead of title rival – Dennis Hauger who recovered from a trip across the gravel trap on Lap 14 to finish seventh at the flag.
Victor Martins, Frederik Vesti and Olli Caldwell rounded out the top ten finishers ahead of Clement Novalak and Ido Cohen, with the Israelian driver clinching reverse-pole for Race Two.
In the driver standings, Hauger’s lead over Doohan was reduced slightly to 28 points as Vesti remains third ahead of Victor Martins.
At lights out, Cordeel got a clean start but was usurped by the fast-starting Sargeant and Leclerc, as the latter went to the outside to climb from third to first ahead of Sargeant who took the inside line through the opening corner.
Cordeel soon afterwards was collected on the exit of Hugenholtzboch by Smolyar to send the Belgian spinning down the order, whilst Smolyar was punished with a 10 second time penalty as he pitted at end of lap five for a front wing change due to damage.
Up front, Leclerc continuously fended off Sargeant throughout the race with the closest margin clocking in at 0.107s at the start of Lap 15, just moments after Hauger had fell to ninth after a mistimed move on Novalak into Hans Ernst Bocht on the previous lap.
Johnathan Hoggard and Hunter Yeany then brought the racing to a brief halt as Yeany nudged Hoggard off into the barriers at Tarzanbocht at the start of Lap 16, causing a five lap Safety Car after he himself suffered a puncture in the collision and crashed.
Upon the restart, Leclerc backed Sargeant up into the pack and sprinted away to his second race victory of the season, as the American fended off Iwasa for second with the Japanese youngster thus forced to edge out Hitech teammate – Crawford for third and the final podium spot.
Novalak made a poor restart and dropped from eighth to 11th as Hauger overtook him and Martins to finish seventh, with Hauger in turn limiting his points deficit to Doohan in this race to a single point as he now holds a 28 point lead with five races left this season.
|1||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA||24||39m 02.034|
|2||Logan Sargeant||Charouz||24||+ 0.945|
|3||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||24||+ 1.555|
|4||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||24||+ 2.479|
|5||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||24||+ 2.789|
|6||Jack Doohan||Trident||24||+ 3.035|
|7||Dennis Hauger||PREMA||24||+ 3.807|
|8||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||24||+ 4.324|
|9||Frederik Vesti||ART GP||24||+ 7.094|
|10||Olli Caldwell||PREMA||24||+ 7.370|
|11||Clement Novalak||Trident||24||+ 8.193|
|12||Ido Cohen||Carlin||24||+ 8.570|
|13||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos||24||+ 9.172|
|14||David Schumacher||Trident||24||+ 9.715|
|15||Filip Ugran||Jenzer||24||+ 10.408|
|16||Calan Williams||Jenzer||24||+ 10.566|
|17||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||24||+ 11.331|
|18||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA Racelab||24||+ 12.948|
|19||Jonny Edgar||Carlin||24||+ 13.031|
|20||Kaylen Frederick||Carlin||24||+ 13.373|
|21||Tijmen Van Der Helm||MP Motorsport||24||+ 14.001|
|22||Rafael Villagomez||HWA Racelab||24||+ 14.527|
|23||Amaury Cordeel||Campos||24||+ 15.403|
|24||Aleksandr Smolyar||ART GP||24||+ 15.633|
|25||Laszlo Toth||Campos||24||+ 17.072|
|26||Zdenek Chovanec||Charouz||24||+ 18.820|
|27||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||24||+ 18.993|
|28||Juan Manuel Correa||ART GP||24||+ 58.066|