Dream result for DAMS and Jak Crawford

Dream result for DAMS and Jak Crawford

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The Feature Race in Barcelona has produced a dream result for DAMS Lucas Oil, a double podium capping off phenomenal race pace for their drivers all weekend.

Drama ensued before the race even started, with Andrea Kimi Antonelli stalling on the grid from his 5th place start. He managed to get going for the race start – however had to start from the pitlane, alongside Trident’s Roman Stanek.

At the start, Isack Hadjar immediately made up ground, moving up to 5th place from 11th on the grid – aided by starting on the softer tyres. But it was Paul Aron who held the lead, followed by Jak Crawford – the pair holding their positions from the starting grid.

Hauger & Martins found their races over at the first corner, a collision leaving them both beached in the gravel, causing the safety car to come out for a few laps.

Upon resumption of the race, it remained line of stern at the front, Aron extending his lead over Crawford as the race settled down. But by lap 9, the pitstops started, with Crawford, Miyata, O’Sullivan & Stanek all making the first move to the harder tyres.

Aron decided to pit 3 laps later, but the warmer tyres of Crawford allowed him to pass upon the Estonian’s exit from the pitlane. Further back, Colapinto lost net third place to Bortoleto, under the same circumstances.

A brief virtual safety car was called on Lap 13 after Taylor Barnard’s car became stranded at the final corner, but it was soon ended, allowing Aron to make up ground.

On the alternate strategy, Joshua Durksen led the field of those on the harder tyre, trailed by Juan Manuel Correa and Kush Maini – the trio leading the race on the road.

Pushing too hard, Aron made an error at the final corner on lap 15, running wide into the gravel and losing places to Bortoleto, Colapinto and O’Sullivan – though the Hitech driver remained running, immediately making amends for his mistake.

Race leader Joshua Durksen ran into car problems on Lap 18, his car slowing down in sector 2 to cause another virtual safety car – the second appearance in this race. Only 6 drivers remained who were yet to pit at this point – Correa, Maini, Verschoor, Cordeel, Marti & Antonelli – all running the alternate strategy, set to switch to the softer tyres for the latter stages of the race.

Bortoleto took his chances upon the VSC restart, immediately making a move on Colapinto. Aron followed suit, overtaking O’Sullivan, who found himself overtaken by Hadjar just a lap later.

But Colapinto was not to be deterred, battling with Bortoleto in the following laps, before finally passing the Brazilian on Lap 23.

On Lap 26, Crawford started to catch the drivers yet to pit, Antonelli becoming the first to be passed by the net race leader.

Race leader Correa pit at the end of Lap 27, entering the race back in 9th place. Further ahead, Aron made a bold move into turn 1 at the same time, overtaking Bortoleto for a net podium place.

Correa started making moves almost immediately on his new softer tyres, overtaking both Fittipaldi, Maloney and Hadjar in quick succession to leap up into the top 5, before another stellar move on Bortoleto took him to P4

A move on the main straight launched Correa into podium places – this time with no track limits to rob him of the accolade. Further back, more moves were being made, with Hadjar overtaking Bortoleto, and Maini overtaking Maloney, both into turn 1.

On the final lap, Invicta racing had the worst scenario happen, with teammates colliding into turn 1 – both cars could finish, but sustained damage, leaving Bortoleto angry on team radio.

Crawford crossed the finish line 1.4 seconds clear of Franco Colapinto in second, with his DAMS teammate Juan Manuel Correa coming home in third for a double podium – the team’s first since last year’s Australian Feature Race.

Crawford’s victory takes him to 4th in the drivers standings, 2 points clear of Bortoleto in P5. Colapinto moves to 7th, equal on points to teammate Hauger.

Correa’s podium remains a highlight of the weekend though – 5 years after sharing a podium with the late Anthoine Hubert, he’s back on a Formula 2 podium for the first time, having worked tirelessly to return to racing.

Image: DAMs Lucas Oil

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