F2: Pourchaire snatches Imola Feature Race victory behind the Safety Car
ART Grand Prix’s Theo Pourchaire has taken his second race victory in the 2022 FIA Formula 2 Championship, as he prevailed over the competition in a frantic outing at Imola.
Pourchaire started the race on the supersoft tyre from seventh on the grid and made his pit stop early on. The Frenchman stayed out of trouble throughout the remaining laps to take the chequered flag behind the Safety Car.
Enzo Fittipaldi blitzed through the field from 15th on the grid to second place, as he captured his maiden podium in F2.
Behind the Charouz Racing System driver was Ralph Boschung, who managed to claim the final spot inside the top three. It marked the Swiss driver’s third F2 career podium, and his first of the current campaign.
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Roy Nissany looked to be in contention for the race win early on after his rapid start from sixth on the grid. The Israeli driver progressed into the lead and was looking comfortable after his pit stop until a mistake at the final corner saw him hit the barrier and damage his car.
Pole-sitter Juri Vips and Liam Lawson also made unforced errors during the event, with both making contact with the wall on separate occasions as they retired.
2021 Formula 3 title rivals Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan also retired from the race, as they collided with each other on the run to the first braking zone on the opening lap.
Clement Novalak scored his first points in F2 with a run to fourth place, having also made an early pit stop for fresh medium tyres.
While DAMS could have tasted victory with Nissany, they had to settle for a high of P5 courtesy of Ayumu Iwasa. Frederick Vesti was sixth in the second ART Grand Prix car, while Sargeant fell to seventh in the final laps having been on course for second in the final laps before descending down the order.
David Beckmann, who is on substitute duties this weekend for Charouz, was eighth, leading Daruvala and Felipe Drugovich who took the final points on offer.
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