Jack Doohan has become the first driver to win two Formula 3 races on the same weekend. The Aussie finished P12, P1, & P1 at the fifth round of the Formula 3 Championship in Belgium.
Race 1 – Position 12
Doohan made his mark early in the weekend, claiming his maiden pole position in the wet conditions at Spa.
The start of the opening race was delayed due to heavy rain persisting during the formation laps, as the race became red-flagged until the conditions started to settle.
Eventually the cars returned to the track where they spent the first 3 laps under the safety car before the green flagged was waved.
As the racing begun, Doohan maintained his starting position of P12.
The Aussie carefully remained in P12 until the end of the race, with the result securing pole position for the next race.
Race 2 – Position 1
The track remained wet for Race 2 on Saturday afternoon, with Doohan eager take out his second victory for 2021.
As the lights went out, the Trident driver started extremely well to retain the lead into the opening turn.
The Aussie looked very comfortable out in front, as he continued to extend his margin from Schumacher behind as the race progressed.
An incident on Lap 9 called the safety car onto the track, cutting Doohan’s gap from 5 seconds to naught instantly.
When the race restarted on Lap 14, Doohan made a quick getaway as he started to rebuild his advantage, but his run was short-lived as the safety car was recalled the following lap.
Doohan would lead from start to finish to claim the chequered flag and take out his second Formula 3 win, leading a 1-2 finish for Trident after Schumacher finished in P2.
Race 3 – Position 1
Doohan started from pole position for the main feature race, after his qualifying efforts on Friday.
The race start was delayed again after rain continued to fall across the Belgian track, which eventually led to a rolling start.
As the race got underway, Doohan started well out front but couldn’t shake off Martins who followed closely behind.
On Lap 6, Martins moved past the Aussie and into the lead, but exceeded track limits in doing so and yielded his position back to Doohan the following lap.
As the latter part of the race arrived, Doohan finally began to pull away from Martins, where he would go onto claim his second race win of the weekend.
The Trident driver is currently placed P2 in the Championship, trailing Hauger by 25 points with 2 rounds remaining in the season.
"What a weekend - 2 wins out of 3 and we're back in the Championship hunt as well. Thanks to Trident for all your hard work, I can't wait to get back in the car for Zandvoort next weekend."
FORMULA 3 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
- 1 - Dennis Hauger, Prema Racing - 158 points
- 2 - Jack Doohan, Trident Team - 133 points
- 3 - Frederik Vesti, ART Grand Prix - 101 points
- 4 - Victor Martins, MP Motorsport - 96 points
- 5 - Alexander Smolyar, ART Grand Prix - 92 points