Charouz claimed their maiden F3 victory in 53 attempts as Logan Sargeant won 2021 Russian Race One, whilst PREMA’S Dennis Hauger was crowned champion after finishing second.
Sargeant snatched the lead into Turn Four with an outside move on pole-sitter, Victor Martins and sprinted away to a controlled victory from Hauger, who passed Jak Crawford and Martins to finish as runner-up.
Hauger’s consequential 51-point championship lead also meant that he was crowned champion after Jack Doohan could only finish 15th, which meant that the Aussie couldn’t mathematically snatch the title with two races left of this season.
Martins finished third ahead of Clement Novalak, Caio Collet, Lorenzo Colombo, Arthur Leclerc, Frederik Vesti, Juan Manuel Correa and Ayumu Iwasa.
Attention in the driver standings now turns to the battle for the vice-champion title as Novalak moved to within 22 points of Doohan with two races left, whilst Martins has an outside chance of finishing runner-up himself despite sitting five points further behind Novalak.
At lights out, Martins made a great start to block Sargeant but the American stood firm and managed to out drag Martins into Turn Four to take the lead, from which he never looked back unchallenged as he delivered Charouz their first-ever F3 win in their 53rd race in the series.
Hauger meanwhile retained fourth whilst his title rival, Doohan got squeezed on the exit of Turn Two over the kerbs which dropped him to 17th, which was enough for Hauger to win the title at that point of the race.
Doohan ultimately could only recover to 15th whilst Hauger passed Crawford on Lap Four into Turn 13 before biding his time behind Martins, until he got the inside line out of Turn Two on Lap 11 and swept past the Frenchman through Turn Three to take second.
Hauger soon set about hunting Sargeant down but couldn’t get past last year’s third-placed championship finisher, as Sargeant prevailed for his third win in F3, which also represented Charouz’s first win at this level since the current F3 championship began in 2019.
Elsewhere, Crawford dropped to 11th as Novalak fought his way from 11th on the grid to finish fourth ahead of Collet and Colombo, as Leclerc finished seventh after a race-long fight with Frederik Vesti and Juan Manuel Correa as Iwasa rounded out the top ten finishers.
Jenzer’s Johnathan Hoggard meanwhile finished 12th and claimed reverse-pole for Race Two which is set to be held in wet conditions, such is the forecast for torrential rainfall tomorrow (25 September).
|1||Logan Sargeant||Charouz||20||39m 23.780|
|2||Dennis Hauger||PREMA||20||+ 0.649|
|3||Victor Martins||MP Motorsport||20||+ 3.466|
|4||Clement Novalak||Trident||20||+ 4.597|
|5||Caio Collet||MP Motorsport||20||+ 5.424|
|6||Lorenzo Colombo||Campos||20||+ 11.632|
|7||Arthur Leclerc||PREMA||20||+ 14.514|
|8||Frederik Vesti||ART GP||20||+ 17.589|
|9||Juan Manuel Correa||ART GP||20||+ 18.138|
|10||Ayumu Iwasa||Hitech GP||20||+ 22.891|
|11||Jak Crawford||Hitech GP||20||+ 23.487|
|12||Johnathan Hoggard||Jenzer||20||+ 23.979|
|13||Roman Stanek||Hitech GP||20||+ 24.494|
|14||David Schumacher||Trident||20||+ 24.963|
|15||Jack Doohan||Trident||20||+ 25.350|
|16||Matteo Nannini||HWA Racelab||20||+ 29.856|
|17||Olli Caldwell||Prema||20||+ 31.005|
|18||Jonny Edgar||Carlin||20||+ 35.572|
|19||Calan Williams||Jenzer||20||+ 36.277|
|20||Rafael Villagomez||HWA Racelab||20||+ 38.366|
|21||Amaury Cordeel||Campos||20||+ 41.146|
|22||Aleksandr Smolyar||ART GP||20||+ 50.032|
|23||Kaylen Frederick||Carlin||20||+ 53.354|
|24||Ayrton Simmons||Charouz||20||+ 56.692|
|25||Filip Ugran||Jenzer||20||+ 57.449|
|26||Zdenek Chovanec||Charouz||20||+ 1m 33.501|
|27||Ido Cohen||Carlin||19||+ 1 Lap|
|28||Tijmen Van Der Helm||MP Motorsport||15||Engine|
|RET||Oliver Rasmussen||HWA Racelab||1||Collision|