PREMA Racing’s Frederik Vesti secured his third win of the season with a dominant display, as he took a seven second lead to cross the chequered flag ahead of Theo Pourchaire in second.
Starting from the reverse grid pole position, Vesti quickly seized the opportunity and dominated the race from start to finish. Displaying exceptional pace and precision, he widened the gap between himself and the rest of the field, ultimately crossing the finish line with a considerable lead.
This win marked Vesti’s third triumph of the season and extended his championship lead over his closest rival, Theo Pourchaire.
The tension escalated as the Safety Car made several appearances due to incidents on the track. Brad Benavides suffered a spin and found himself in the barriers at Turn 3, prompting the deployment of the Safety Car.
The conditions tested the skills and adaptability of the drivers, with the rain continuing to pour down on the circuit. Wet tires were the only viable option, and the drivers had to navigate the challenging track cautiously and precisely.
Vesti proved his mettle, maintaining his lead and fending off relentless challenges from his competitors. The Danish driver showcased exceptional car control and composure, earning a well-deserved victory at Silverstone. His dominant performance solidified his position as a force to be reckoned with in the championship as Pourchaire climbed his way up to second from third.
The ART Grand Prix driver progressed in the final moments, eventually overtaking Isack Hadjar to secure second. Pourchaire’s impressive performance with the visibility challenge allowed him to close the gap to Vesti.
In third, Jack Doohan earned a well-deserved spot on the podium for Virtuosi. The Australian kept up the pressure on Ollie Bearman for a huge chunck of the race. Following his move to get ahead of the Brit, he managed to breeze past Isack Hadjar, who had no reply to take third. Behind him, Rodin Carlin’s Enzo Fittipaldi claimed fourth, as Hadjar ended up in fifth.
In the aftermath of the battle with Doohan, PREMA Racing’s Oliver Bearman encountered a big locked-up, causing him to run through the gravel and drop to sixth place ahead of ART’s Victor Martins with Arthur Leclerc took the final points-paying position.
The focus now turns to the Feature Race, set to take place on Sunday at 09:55 as Victor Martin looks forward to converting his pole into victory.
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