There is worse than a double to launch perfectly into a new championship. For its big debut in F3 Asia, which became FRAC this winter, R-ace GP, which technically supports 3Y Technology, scored its first victory and even its first double thanks to the reverse grid victory this Sunday of Gabriel Bortoleto ahead of Lorenzo Fluxa. Starting on pole, the Brazilian never left the controls and took advantage of the fights behind him to never be worried.
The disappointment is huge, however, for Isack Hadjar (Hitech). Starting 7th, the Frenchman managed a high-flying start to the race before being forced to retire. Recovered like a cuckoo after the disappointment of having missed the podium the day before in Race 1, the Habs jumped perfectly when the lights went out. Hadjar and his Red Bull livery indeed won three places in two turns, thanks to nice maneuvers from the outside. Two attacks, in laps 3 and 4, on his teammate Leonardo Fornaroli (Hitech) and Josh Dukek, then allowed him to quickly settle into second position.
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Behind Gabriel Bortoleto, the race leader, Isack was making up for his delay, but a Safety-Car, which came out after an incident involving in particular Hadrien David (3Y Technology), stopped his ascent. Worse, his single-seater seems to have let go since he tumbled to the bottom of the classification under Safety-Car, before giving up. The misfortune of some is the happiness of others, since it allowed Arthur Leclerc (Mumbai Falcons) to seize 3rd place and to afford a new podium, after that of the day before in C1.
Winner of the C1 the day before, Sebastian Montoya resisted all the manly fights on the track to climb to 4th position, and thus retain control of the championship. It should also be noted that Gabriele Mini (Hitech) and Dino Beganovic (Mumbai Falcons) collided halfway through the race, at turn 8. As they arrived three abreast in the turn with Montoya, the two pilots touched and were both forced to retire. Race 3 will take place this Sunday at 11:35 a.m. French time.