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Crawford Leads Practice Session In Zandvoort Ahead Of Smolyar And Vesti

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Jak Crawford lead the first and only FIA Formula 3 practice session at Zandvoort in a session that was very stop-start in nature due to almost constant Red Flags, kicking off the penultimate FIA Formula 3 round this year.

With the ART cars looking very quick throughout the session Juan Manuel Correa set the early benchmark of a 1:28.708 before Clémant Novalak obliterated that time down to a 1:26.419, fifteen minutes into the session the red flags after Jak Crawford locked up and went into the gravel spraying gravel all onto the circuit.

After a poor weekend at Spa-Francorchamps Dennis Hauger briefly led the lap times after the restart whilst his main rival Jack Doohan slotted into second just over a tenth behind the Norwegian. The Australian would improve his lap time becoming the first driver to duck below the 1:26 mark, swapping places with his championship rival before another red flag was brought out after Tijmen Van Der Helm skidded off the track and hit the wall.

With now only six minutes remaining Jak Crawford took first place with a time of 1:25.535, Frederik Vesti and Alex Smolyar would have a go at beating the time set by Crawford but were unsuccessful but both would come within a tenth of the fastest lap. Championship leader Hauger would improve but only to fourth place just over a tenth and a half off the pace.

Novalak and Doohan both traded positions with the latter ahead of the Australian the Trident duo being separated by just two hundredths of a second. The other drivers to round out the top ten were : Jonathan Hoggard, Victor Martins and Jonny Edgar. The man who rounded out the top ten was Kaylan Frederick who returns after missing the last two rounds due to injury and COVID-19.

Full Practice Results

ClaDriverTeamLapsTimeGap
1Jak Crawford HitechGP141’25.535 
2 Alexander Smolyar ART Grand Prix161’25.6580.123
3 Frederik Vesti ART Grand Prix151’25.6920.157
4 Dennis Hauger Prema Powerteam151’25.7000.165
5 Clement Novalak Trident121’25.8370.302
6 Jack Doohan Trident121’25.8630.328
7 Johnathan Hoggard Jenzer Motorsport151’25.8640.329
8 Victor Martins MP Motorsport151’25.9440.409
9 Jonny Edgar Carlin111’26.0310.496
10 Kaylen Frederick Carlin151’26.1260.591
11Amaury Cordeel Campos Racing121’26.1810.646
12Caio Collet MP Motorsport151’26.3540.819
13Arthur Leclerc Prema Powerteam151’26.4470.912
14Ayumu Iwasa HitechGP141’26.4630.928
15 Lorenzo Colombo Campos Racing111’26.4700.935
16David Schumacher Trident151’26.5371.002
17Juan Manuel Correa ART Grand Prix151’26.6121.077
18Roman Staněk HitechGP151’26.7091.174
19Oliver Rasmussen HWA AG121’26.8431.308
20Logan Sargeant Charouz Racing System131’26.9181.383
21Olli Caldwell Prema Powerteam151’26.9301.395
22Ido Cohen Carlin151’27.0961.561
23Rafael Villagómez HWA AG131’27.1091.574
24Matteo Nannini HWA AG121’27.2621.727
25Hunter Yeany Charouz Racing System141’27.6872.152
26Filip Ugran Jenzer Motorsport131’27.7712.236
27Calan Williams Jenzer Motorsport131’27.8542.319
28László Tóth Campos Racing111’28.3422.807
29Tijmen van MP Motorsport101’28.8023.267
30Zdenek Chovanec Charouz Racing System151’29.0983.563
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