Eriksson secures dominant Masters of F3 victory


Joel Eriksson - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Joel Eriksson added his name to the illustrious list of winners of the Masters of F3 after triumphing during Sunday’s feature race at Zandvoort ahead of a Motopark 1-2-3.

Eriksson retained his lead into the first corner despite the close attention of a fast starting Niko Kari and Callum Ilott, and was relatively untroubled until the chequered flag.

Ilott initially looked to have jumped into the lead at the start, but the tighter line he was forced to take into the turn meant Eriksson and Kari swept into the lead, while Sergio Sette Câmara made it a Motopark 1-2-3, and a Red Bull-backed 2-3, with a great move on the exit of turn one on lap two.

Alexander Albon lost a place off the line to Sette Câmara, and was unable to better fifth for Hitech GP around a circuit notoriously hard not just to pass but to follow other drivers, despite often putting pressure onto Ilott ahead of him.

Pedro Piquet maintained his starting position throughout the race to claim sixth for Van Amersfoort Racing ahead of team-mate Anthoine Hubert, who trailed his Brazilian team-mate throughout but was never in a position to make a move.

Alessio Lorandi secured eighth for Carlin ahead of Sam MacLeod, who was one driver who was able to make gains during the race, the British driver moving passed David Beckmann with a handful of laps remaining. MacLeod was able to give Fortec Motorsports a top ten finish on their return to Formula 3, while Beckmann was forced to settle in taking his Mücke Motorsport machine to tenth.

Thomas Randle was eleventh for Double R Racing, just ahead of Harrison Scott, who recovered from a sluggish start to move up to twelfth, including a robust move on Colton Herta at turn one.

Herta finished thirteenth ahead of Ricky Capo of Fortec Motorsport, while Ameya Vaidyanathan took fifteenth, ahead of Guanyu Zhou, who was forced into making a pit stop with seven laps remaining with tyre issues in the fourth of the Motopark entries.

Masters of F3 Feature Race Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
110Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark25 Laps
212Niko KariFINMotopark+0.838
314Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+5.816
47Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+6.625
56Alexander AlbonTHAHitech GP+7.256
68Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+9.135
79Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+9.523
81Alessio LorandiITACarlin+17.195
917Sam MacLeodGBRFortec Motorsport+18.375
1015David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport+19.428
1119Thomas RandleAUSDouble R Racing+27.448
125Harrison ScottGBRHitech GP+27.937
133Colton HertaUSACarlin+33.652
1418Ricky CapoAUSFortec Motorsport+58.806
154Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+59.768
1611Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+1:02.857