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F1 ACADEMY: Chambers drives off into the distance for maiden win

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 23: Race winner Chloe Chambers of United States and Campos Racing (14)

Chloe Chambers added her name to the list of F1 ACADEMY race winners with a sensational victory in Race 2. Stealing the lead away from pole-sitter Abbi Pulling off the line, Chambers wasted no time building a gap, taking the chequered flag 6.6s clear to take Haas’ first trip to the top step.

Standings leader Pulling had to go on the defensive throughout to keep hold of second. Nerea Marti tried to find her way through in the early stages, but Red Bull Racing’s Hamda Al Qubaisi managed to keep her tyres in check to wrestle third away and earn her first piece of silverware this season.

READ MORE: Pulling surges to fourth consecutive victory with dominant display in Barcelona

Doriane Pin’s chances were hampered by another difficult start, dropping her from P3 to P6, with the Mercedes driver eventually finishing in fifth. Lia Block put together a stellar performance to earn her best result in F1 ACADEMY so far in sixth.

A five-second penalty for a false start dropped McLaren’s Bianca Bustamante down one place to seventh ahead of Aston Martin’s Tina Hausmann. Charlotte Tilbury driver Lola Lovinfosse made a late move for ninth ahead of Emely De Heus, who claimed back-to-back points finishes this weekend.

Adding 48 points to her tally, Pulling will be satisfied to enter the summer break with a 66-point lead.

The Alpine driver has two rivals to contend with, as Pin and Chambers sit tied on 81 points. In the Teams’ Standings, Rodin Motorsport take control of the table on 176 points, 23 points ahead of home heroes Campos Racing.

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Action will resume with Round 4’s visit to the Circuit Zandvoort from August 23-25.

For an in-depth report of F1 ACADEMY Race 2 in Barcelona, visit the official website here.

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