Arthur Leclerc wins 2nd race in Le Castellet

LE CASTELLET, FRANCE – JUNE 19: Arthur Leclerc of Monaco and Prema Racing (2) drives during race 2 of Round 2:Le Castellet of the Formula 3 Championship at Circuit Paul Ricard on June 19, 2021 in Le Castellet, France. (Photo by Bryn Lennon – Formula 1/Formula Motorsport Limited via Getty Images)

Arthur Leclerc took the victory in the second race. The race was very exciting and started very unusual. It also was the first PREMA 1-2 this year.

At the start Leclerc got away well, but Jak Crawford stopped and did not make it away from the starting box. Caldwell and Hauger made it to P2 and P3 respectively.

On lap 2, Jack Doohan made it from P6 to P4. MP Motorsport’s Caio Collet, who was also having trouble getting off the line, pitted and appeared to have a problem.

Two laps later, Alexander Smolyar and Calan Williams managed to pass Juan Manuel Correa.

On lap 8 there was another overtaking maneuver by Martins, who passed Doohan and took P4. Dennis Hauger passed his teammate Caldwell.

There was an incident between Frederick and Edgar on lap 10.

Then there was a first contact in the race when Rafael Villagomez and Ido Cohen touched, Villagomez spun into the run-off zone. This incident was investigated afterwards, and Cohen received a 10-second time penalty.

Before lap 17, there was only 1.3 seconds between Vesti in P10.

After that nothing changed, and Arthur Leclerc won the 2nd race in La Castellet.  It was a double victory for PREMA as Leclerc crossed the finish line four seconds ahead of his teammate Hauger. They were joined on the podium by Martins, who made up eight places to finish third.

The times of the top-10 after Race 2:

1Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing 37:46.891
2Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing +4.281
3Victor MartinsMP Motorsport +8.044
4Olli CaldwellPREMA Racing +9.383
5Jack DoohanTrident +10.067
6Clément NovalakTrident +12.757
7Alexander SmolyarART Grand Prix +18.042
8Calen WilliamsJenzer Motorsport +20.664
9Ayumu IwasaHitech Grand Prix +22.190
10Frederik VestiART Grand Prix +24.930
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