Jack Doohan Takes Pole For 2021 F3 Russian Feature Race

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Trident’s Jack Doohan cut his title deficit down to 39 points after taking pole position for Sunday’s 2021 F3 Russian Feature Race, following late transponder drama across the grid.

Caio Collet was quickest in Practice but Doohan ultimately pulled it out of the bag in a chaotic Qualifying, albeit aided by a steward correction after transponder issues hindered the timing sheets during the final runs as his Trident teammate – Clement Novalak looked to had snatched pole position for Sunday’s Feature Race.

Race One was also brought forward to later this afternoon due to unpredictable weather forecast for tomorrow, with the race set to start at 5:25pm local time (3:25pm BST UK Time).

Now here is a full roundup of F3 Practice and Qualifying.

 

Practice

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A slow start to F3 Practice in Sochi saw several drivers opt for installation laps as ART GP’s Aleksandr Smolyar set the initial pace, before Arthur Leclerc and Jonny Edgar featured amongst those who displaced the Russian as everyone else got up to full speed.

Juan Manuel Correa went top in the 12th minute ahead of Collet by 0.186 seconds with the Brazilian quickly bumped down by Leclerc, Doohan, Olli Caldwell and Dennis Hauger just minutes later.

Collet though stormed to the top of the timesheet in the 16th minute with a 1m 54.682 ahead of Clement Novalak by 0.780s, with the pair heading Logan Sargeant, Victor Martins and Frederik Vesti at the halfway point.

Leclerc and Hauger soon afterwards improved to third and fourth ahead of final runs which saw carnage unfold in the final sector, as almost every car decided to back one another up as they tried to find space for their last flying laps of the session.

Collet ultimately found 0.595s on his previous best lap time as he topped Practice ahead of MP Motorsport and Alpine Academy teammate, Victor Martins who was just 0.083s slower than the Brazilian.

Vesti, Ayumu Iwasa, Matteo Nannini, Novalak, Sargeant, Hauger, Oliver Rasmussen and Leclerc rounded out the top ten, as Doohan stopped out on track after the checkered flag.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Caio Collet MP Motorsport 1m 54.087
2 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 0.083
3 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 0.297
4 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 0.302
5 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 0.308
6 Clement Novalak Trident + 0.333
7 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 0.339
8 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 0.376
9 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 0.421
10 Arthur Leclerc PREMA + 0.504
11 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 0.514
12 Jack Doohan Trident + 0.568
13 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 0.576
14 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP + 0.596
15 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.606
16 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer + 0.752
17 Olli Caldwell PREMA + 0.754
18 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 0.884
19 David Schumacher Trident + 0.920
20 Jonny Edgar Carlin + 1.077
21 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 1.158
22 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 1.346
23 Kaylen Frederick Carlin + 1.595
24 Ido Cohen Carlin + 1.896
25 Laszlo Toth Campos + 1.927
26 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 1.933
27 Filip Ugran Jenzer + 2.497
28 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 2.545
29 Ayrton Simmons Charouz + 2.594
30 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz + 2.995

 

Qualifying

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Doohan led the field out for the opening runs as several drivers opted for multiple warmup laps but Novalak and Caldwell complained about Doohan’s warmup tactics, which forced the chasing pack to bunch up together instead of finding space.

Caio Collet however was the driver who emerged quickest from the first flying laps with 1m 55.131 as the session was red flagged just eight minutes into the session, after Jonny Edgar crashed at Turn 15.

The session resumed seven minutes later with Doohan quickly lighting up the timing sheet on his second flier on his first set of tyres, as the Aussie went top with 1m 54.927 ahead of Collet and Vesti.

Novalak though looked to had pulled off a last-gasp Feature Race pole on his final flier of the session with 1m 54.648 to deny Trident teammate – Doohan four vital points in his title fight with Hauger, until transponder issues saw the Qualifying classification corrected post-session.

Doohan consequently was handed pole position with 1m 54.514 ahead of Novalak in a Trident front-row lock out for Sunday’s Feature Race with Jenzer’s Johnathan Hoggard lining up third ahead of Vesti, Correa, Lorenzo Colombo, Smolyar and Collet.

Hauger will start ninth ahead of Jak Crawford, Sargeant and Martins with the top 12 set to be reversed for Race One which will now be held later today at 5:25pm local time (3:25pm BST UK Time), owing to unpredictable weather forecast for Saturday (25 September).

Doohan meanwhile has trimmed his championship deficit to 39 points but Hauger can wrap up the title if he outscores his title rival later today in the opening race.

Position Driver Team Time
1 Jack Doohan Trident 1m 54.514
2 Clement Novalak Trident + 0.134
3 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer + 0.173
4 Frederik Vesti ART GP + 0.198
5 Juan Manuel Correa ART GP + 0.241
6 Lorenzo Colombo Campos + 0.245
7 Aleksandr Smolyar ART GP + 0.251
8 Caio Collet MP Motorsport + 0.258
9 Dennis Hauger PREMA + 0.312
10 Jak Crawford Hitech GP + 0.339
11 Logan Sargeant Charouz + 0.345
12 Victor Martins MP Motorsport + 0.445
13 Roman Stanek Hitech GP + 0.463
14 Arthur Leclerc PREMA + 0.575
15 Olli Caldwell PREMA + 0.637
16 Oliver Rasmussen HWA Racelab + 0.652
17 David Schumacher Trident + 0.714
18 Ayumu Iwasa Hitech GP + 0.788
19 Matteo Nannini HWA Racelab + 0.905
20 Amaury Cordeel Campos + 0.952
21 Calan Williams Jenzer + 0.989
22 Kaylen Frederick Carlin + 1.166
23 Rafael Villagomez HWA Racelab + 1.493
24 Filip Ugran Jenzer + 1.749
25 Tijmen Van Der Helm MP Motorsport + 2.011
26 Ayrton Simmons Charouz + 2.013
27 Laszlo Toth Campos + 2.086
28 Ido Cohen Carlin + 2.515
29 Zdenek Chovanec Charouz + 2.650
30 Jonny Edgar Carlin No Time Set

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