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PREMA’s Bearman Scores Big in Austria Sprint

F2 Austria: Bearman Triumphs in Sprint Race

29/06/2024

Bearman excels in Austria, clinching vital points and dominating the F2 sprint race for PREMA.

Friday’s qualifying session saw Hadjar’s engine go up in smoke while he was in a provisional pole position. Despite this and his absence from the end of the session, the Frenchman still managed to qualify in the top 10.

Pole position for Sunday was claimed by Hauger, ahead of the surprising Dürksen and Bortoleto. For today’s sprint race, Maini leads from pole with Bearman just behind, having set the tenth and ninth fastest times respectively.

Bearman made the strongest start, seizing the lead at the first turn, while Marti moved into second by the fourth corner. Meanwhile, Hadjar dropped back in the standings and found himself out of the points.

Bortoleto showed form, overtaking Colapinto on the outside before making a move on Aron, narrowly avoiding a collision with Barnard and thus tucking in behind the Estonian.

As Bearman extended his lead in the early laps, Aron held off Bortoleto’s pressure and eventually overtook Barnard. The young Briton was subsequently passed by several competitors over the laps, starting with Bortoleto and Colapinto.

Marti closed the gap to Bearman and was soon within the DRS zone of the PREMA driver, where he remained for almost the entire race without making an overtaking attempt.

Barnard was overtaken successively by his teammate Dürksen, then Hauger, O’Sullivan, and Crawford.

With less than ten laps to go, Paul Aron made a move on Maini for the final podium spot at turn 3, which also allowed Bortoleto to pass the Indian driver.

Bortoleto continued to pressure Aron, but the Estonian held firm. Maini, however, could not withstand the pressure from behind, getting passed by Hauger and Crawford in the closing laps.

Oliver Bearman, far behind in the championship standings, clinched his first victory of the season and collected significant points, although he remains far from the leader, Paul Aron, who finished third today.

Pepe Marti finished second, splitting the two on the podium. Bortoleto crossed the line in fourth place, with Hauger fifth, ahead of Crawford and Maini. The final point of the day went to Dürksen, in eighth.

PosDriverTeamTime
1Ollie BearmanPrema37m
2Pepe MartiCampos Racing+1.751s
3Paul AronHitech GP+3.003s
4Gabriel BortoletoVirtuosi Racing+3.655s
5Dennis HaugerMP Motorsport+11.030s
6Jak CrawfordDAMS+11.677s
7Kush MainiVirtuosi Racing+13.703s
8Joshua DuerksenAIX Racing+13.887s
9Zak O’SullivanART Grand Prix+15.866s
10Victor MartinsART Grand Prix+19.852s
11Franco ColapintoMP Motorsport+21.546s
12Taylor BarnardAIX Racing+22.305s
13Isack HadjarCampos Racing+22.857s
14Enzo FittipaldiVan Amersfoort Racing+23.629s
15Andrea Kimi AntonelliPrema+23.728s
16Juan Manuel CorreaDAMS+26.445s
17Zane MaloneyRodin Motorsport+27.184s
18Amaury CordeelHitech GP+27.597s
19Rafael VillagomezVan Amersfoort Racing+28.250s
20Richard VerschoorTrident+29.804s
21Roman StanekTrident+29.884s
22Ritomo MiyataRodin Motorsport+46.914s
PREMA’s Bearman Scores Big in Austria Sprint

PREMA’s Bearman Scores Big in Austria Sprint. PREMA’s Bearman Scores Big in Austria Sprint

The championship standings

PositionDriverPoints
1Aron107
2Hadjar91
3Maloney75
4Crawford65
5Hauger62
6Bortoleto60
7Colapinto56
8Maini52
9Antonelli48
10O’Sullivan40
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