Tom Blomqvist took his second victory of the season as he passed long-time leader Esteban Ocon in the second race of the FIA European Formula 3 weekend in Pau. Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Blomqvist pounced as the Prema Powerteam driver Ocon struggled with a bent suspension after a clash with Felix Rosenqvist that eliminated the Mücke Motorsport driver from the race.
On a wet track, the start was made behind the safety car, and it remained at the head of the field for the first five laps. Van Amersfoort Racing’s Max Verstappen spun out on lap twelve, hitting the barriers just before Rosenqvist’s ill-fated attempt to pass Ocon that eliminated the Swede. The safety car was called upon again as Tatiana Calderon of Jo Zeller Racing and Felipe Guimaraes of Double R Racing collided and Ed Jones of Carlin ended in the wall.
Once the safety car came in, Ocon had Blomqvist right on his tail, and the British driver was able to pass the Frenchman with relative ease as the suspension damage hindered him. Ocon was able to hold off Jake Dennis for second, as the British Carlin driver took his first podium finish in the series.
Antonio Giovinazzi took fourth in the second Jagonya Ayam with Carlin entry, ahead of Prema Powerteam’s Dennis van de Laar. Mitchell Gilbert was sixth for Fortec Motorsport but crossed the line without a front wing. Nicholas Latifi had overtaken him at the restart, but the Canadian Prema Powerteam driver then crashed into the barriers halfway around the lap, with Jordan King and Antonio Fuoco both getting caught up in the incident that saw them both eliminated.
Seventh ultimately went to Lucas Auer for Mücke Motorsport, with Felix Serralles in the leading Team West-Tec F3 machine finishing eighth, Roy Nissany for Mücke Motorsport ninth and Hector Hurst tenth for West-Tec for his first points-paying finish in the series.
Pau Race 2 Result
|1||Tom Blomqvist||GBR||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||36m11.933s|
|2||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+4.551s|
|4||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+4.910s|
|5||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+5.419s|
|6||Mitchell Gilbert||AUS||Fortec Motorsport||+9.334s|
|7||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+9.601s|
|8||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||+10.089s|
|9||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mücke Motorsport||+16.847s|
|10||Hector Hurst||GBR||Team West-Tec F3||+18.577s|
|11||John Bryant-Meisner||SWE||Fortec Motorsport||+20.202s|
|13||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+34.013s|
|15||Felipe Guimaraes||BRZ||Double R Racing||+1 Lap|
|16||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+1 Lap|
|17/RET||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+2 Laps|
|18/RET||Jordan King||GBR||Carlin||+2 Laps|
|19/RET||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+2 Laps|
|RET||Ed Jones||UAE||Carlin||16 Laps|
|RET||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||15 Laps|
|RET||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||15 Laps|
|RET||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||13 Laps|
|RET||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||13 Laps|
|RET||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||11 Laps|
|RET||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||7 Laps|