Formula 2

Vasiliauskas Wins F2 Season Finale

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Kazim Vasiliauskas bounced back from a heavy accident in Saturday's race to win the final race of the Formula Two season at Valencia.

The Lithuanian converted pole position into a lights-to-flag victory in the season finale, his first and only win of the year.

Behind him, Jack Clarke maintained second place after his front row start, finishing just ahead of champion Dean Stoneman, who fought his way up from sixth on the grid to complete the podium.

Stoneman made up two places on the opening lap, before finding a way past Ivan Samarin to take third position from the Russian. Samarin then fell into the clutches of compatriot Sergey Afanasiev, the pair fighting until the checkered flag, with Samarin holding onto fourth despite going wheel-to-wheel with Afanasiev on lap 12. Afanasiev's fifth place secured him third place in the standings and eligibility for an FIA Superlicence which comes with it.

Mihai Marinescu finished  in sixth ahead of Armaan Ebrahim, who dropped back from third on the grid on the opening lap. Kelvin Snoeks finished eighth, ahead of Benjamin Bailly. Series debutant Ramon Pineiro finished tenth to pick up the last point, after passing Philipp Eng. Series runner-up Jolyon Palmer concluded a frustrating end to the season with a 13th place finish.

After the race, Vasiliauskas said: “The race wasn’t easy because of the temperature but we still claimed victory. At the beginning I was really happy because I won, but then they told me that Afanasiev finished fifth, so I had finished four points behind him. For sure I was sad – when I was leading the race I tried a few times to see him! – but now I’m just enjoying the moment.”

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