Marti clinches their initial F3 sprint victory of the year in Bahrain
Spanish driver Pepe Marti has clinched his first sprint victory of the 2023 Formula 3 season in Bahrain. Marti, driving for the Campos team, overtook pole sitter Franco Colapinto in the closing laps of the race and also set the fastest lap time, earning maximum points for the day.
In Bahrain, Pepe Marti secured a win in the first sprint race of the 2023 Formula 3 season.
After starting in second place, Marti overtook Franco Colapinto, who had started in the pole position due to the reverse grid, with just five laps remaining in the race. Marti’s impressive performance also included setting the fastest lap time, earning him the maximum points available on Saturday. As a result, Marti was able to claim the top spot on the podium.
The first lap went smoothly, but the second lap saw the deployment of the Safety Car after only four corners. This was triggered by an incident in which Rafael Villagomez collided with Gabriel Bartoleto’s front wing, causing him to spin out and retire from the race by hitting the wall.
Shortly after the restart, Bartoleto was involved in another collision, this time with Kaylen Frederick at Turn 10. The impact caused a puncture to Frederick’s vehicle.
On the same lap, there were separate incidents at Turn Two that resulted in Luke Browning and Sophia Floersch spinning out. Although Floersch managed to resume the race, Browning’s day came to an end due to the incident. He was driving for Hitech at the time of the accident.
After those early incidents, the rest of the race proceeded relatively smoothly. It was a closely contested competition, but in the end, the Spaniard from the Campos team emerged victorious.
Caio Collet secured the third position on the podium, completing the trio of top finishers, followed by Dino Beganovic and Paul Aron. Oliver Goethe, who was competing in his first full F3 season, came in sixth, while Gregoire Saucy finished the race in seventh place.
Leonardo Fornaroli made an impressive debut and secured the eighth position, while Jonny Edgar and Sebastian Montoya completed the points-scoring positions. However, after the race, the stewards planned to speak with the drivers regarding their erratic driving during the first Safety Car restart.
This victory was also Marti’s maiden triumph in the series, marking a significant achievement in his racing career.
F3 sprint race in Bahrain:
Pos Driver Team Time 1 Pepe Marti Campos Racing 43m09.598s 2 Franco Colapinto MP Motorsport +1.805s 3 Caio Collet VAR +5.879s 4 Dino Beganovic Prema +9.017s 5 Paul Aron Prema +9.848s 6 Oliver Goethe Trident +10.623s 7 Gregoire Saucy ART GP +11.157s 8 Leonardo Fornaroli Trident +11.737s 9 Jonny Edgar MP Motorsport +12.359s 10 Sebastian Montoya Hitech GP +12.897s 11 Hugh Barter Campos Racing +13.663s 12 Gabriel Bortoleto Trident +14.111s 13 Zak O’Sullivan Prema +14.829s 14 Christian Mansell Campos Racing +15.819s 15 Taylor Barnard Jenzer Motorsport +17.461s 16 Mari Boya MP Motorsport +18.032s 17 Nikita Bedrin Jenzer Motorsport +19.240s 18 Gabriele Mini Hitech GP +19.663s 19 Ido Cohen Carlin +23.416s 20 Hunter Yeany Carlin +24.671s 21 Ollie Gray Carlin +25.049s 22 Sophia Floersch PHM Racing by Charouz +25.373s 23 Tommy Smith Van Amersfoort Racing +25.951s 24 Roberto Faria PHM Racing by Charouz +38.570s 25 Piotr Wisnicki PHM Racing by Charouz +45.222s 26 Nikola Tsolov ART GP +47.787s 27 Alex Garcia Jenzer Motorsport +1m01.177s 28 Kaylen Frederick ART GP +1m25.396s Ret Luke Browning Hitech GP Ret Rafael Villagomez Van Amersfoort Racing
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