Asian F3 Championship: Jehan Daruvala takes lead with 2nd straight victory

Jehan Daruvala had to fight tooth and nail to win Race 2 and also completed a hat trick of podiums to finish second in Race 3 and move into the championship lead.

India's Jehan Daruvala had a near perfect launch from pole position and held his position into the first corner (File Photo).   -  Special arrangement

Mumbai Falcons and Jehan Daruvala continued their good run with a second consecutive victory in the Asian Formula 3 Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

A thrilling battle kept fans on their toes as Jehan had to fight tooth and nail to win Race 2 and also completed a hat trick of podiums to finish second in Race 3 and move into the championship lead. The Mumbai resident had a near perfect launch from pole position and held his position into the first corner.

Behind him, Isack Hadjar of France also held onto second, while championship leader Guanyu Zhou dropped a position to allow Dino Beganovic into third. The first few laps were uneventful and once the top few settled into a rhythm, Hadjar seemed to have more pace than Jehan.

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He soon started piling on the pressure, with numerous attempts which did not stick. Hadjar then had a good run out of the corkscrew section and came alongside Jehan. The two entered the corner side by side, but Jehan held on. A few laps later a similar situation repeated, this time however, the duo went side by side for more than one corner.

This allowed Beganovic in third, to also pull alongside Jehan. In the run down to the braking zone, it was three cars wide with barely centimetres between them. The Mumbai Falcons’ racer, in the middle of the sandwich, momentarily fell behind the duo. He was the bravest though, and braked last, allowing him to surge ahead. Jehan somehow managed to stay on track and held the lead.

Proceedings settled for a bit, before Hadjar made another attempt. But Jehan was able to fend that off in spite of Hadjar pulling ahead slightly. Jehan held off a final attempt on the last lap as well, and crossed the finish line to take his second consecutive victory. Hadjar and Beganovic were second and third, respectively. Racing action will resume on Saturday with Round 3 also in Abu Dhabi.