F3: Arthur Leclerc leads a dominant drive in France to take maiden F3 win
Arthur Leclerc has won the second sprint race around the Paul Ricard circuit in France maintaining the lead throughout, confidently ahead of his two team mates.
It was a battle of the Prema’s for the lead in the opening laps as reverse-grid pole sitter Leclerc maintained the lead with a strong start as second placed Jak Crawford stalled on the line, sending him to the back of the grid.
Dennis Hauger took the inside line to get ahead of fellow Prema driver Olli Caldwell on the eighth lap and the two battled as Leclerc stretched out a gap of over two seconds as the race passed the half way stage.
Victor Martins, finishing P3, was able to make a move on Caldwell in the penultimate lap as the Prema struggled for grip.
Martins had an electric opening to the race, making up six places by the third lap. The Frenchman, while initially unable to close on the DRS train of the front three, maintained his tyres to slip passed Caldwell to take his second podium of the day in P3.
Jack Doohan was able to get passed Ayumu Iwasa on the first lap and was able to begin to close down on the Prema’s ahead. The Trident driver was unable to keep up with the pace of the leading three however and fell out of the DRS train to finish P5.
The battle for P6 continued in the DRS train between Clement Novalak, Ayumu Iwasa Alexander Smolyar and Calan Williams but the DRS train was unable to catch the top five.
While Novalak picked up the pace toward the end of the race Iwasa lost out in battles to finish to P9.
The final F3 race of the weekend takes place at 11:40am Local Time on Sunday.
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