Doohan dominates from pole in Race 2

Jack Doohan (AUS) of Trident. Credits: Trident (Twitter:@trident_team)

Trident enjoyed race 2 as Jack Doohan wins from pole position, with a comfortable lead over teammate David Schumacher in a race filled with Safety Cars and time penalties.

The race was delayed by almost an hour due to the massive incident in F1 at Eau Rouge-Raidillon involving Lando Norris, forcing the F1 qualifying session to be delayed.

The reverse grid format for race 2 meant that Jack Doohan started from pole position, with the sun starting to shine paving the way for a drier track despite the 80% rain prediction.

Doohan had a strong start, building a solid gap to teammate David Schumacher, while Charouz Racing System’s Logan Sargeant gained two places in the opening corner alone in an impressive display.

The yellow flags briefly came up on lap 2 as Zdenek Chovanec spun. He shortly rejoined the field, and bringing back the green flag for the session, while Doohan built his lead over Schumacher to 2 seconds.

There was another yellow flag incident, later on, the PREMA of Arthur Leclerc and Jenzer Motorsport of Jonathan Hoggard went wide as Hoggard spun while Leclerc chased for P9, briefly bringing out the yellow flag. Hoggard proceeded to go towards the back of the grid.

In the first black-and-white flag for the session, Campos’ Amaury Cordeel was warned for exceeding track limits, with further infractions ultimately leading to harsher penalties. At the other end of the grid, Doohan extended his dominance by extending his lead over Schumacher to 3.9 seconds by lap 8.

On lap 10, HWA’s Matteo Nannini spun and came to a stop at the side of the track, bringing out a VSC and effectively ending his race today. Eventually, a Safety Car was deployed on track.

After another track limit infringement, Cordeel was awarded a five-second time penalty for his actions. Shortly afterwards, he was penalized with yet another five-second time penalty.

In a weather update, rain started to fall on the track, during the safety car period, as marshals recovered Nannini’s car from the track and cleared any debris that may have remained.

The Safety Car came in at the end of lap 13 as racing once again resumed at Spa, with Doohan once again benefiting from a strong start, while Schumacher faced immense pressure from an approaching Logan Sargeant.

The Safety Car was once again deployed as the Campos of Cordeel and Jenzer of Calan Williams touched at Raidillon, with both drivers safely out of their cars. This incident meant the race would finish under the Safety Car.

Towards the end of the race, Charouz Racing System’s Hunter Yeany was awarded a five-second time penalty for a Safety Car infringement. In the end, Doohan comfortably took the chequered flag ahead of Schumacher.

The top 10 of the Formula 3 race 2 at Spa Francorchamps:

1Jack DoohanTrident45:11.332
2David SchumacherTrident+0.488
3Logan SargeantCharouz Racing System+1.093
4Caio ColletMP Motorsport+1.965
5Clement NovalakTrident+2.780
6Frederik VestiART Grand Prix+3.049
7Victor MartinsMP Motorsport+3.580
8Alexander SmolyarART Grand Prix+4.330
9Dennis HaugerPREMA Racing+4.946
10Arthur LeclercPREMA Racing+6.459
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