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Martins holds off charging Leclerc for F3 feature race victory

Martins holds off charging Leclerc for F3 feature race victory

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Martins holds off charging Leclerc for F3 feature race victory

Martins holds off charging Leclerc for F3 feature race victory

Alpine junior Victor Martins battled past pole-sitter Franco Colapinto to claim victory in the first F3 feature race of the season before holding off charging runner-up Arthur Leclerc.

Van Amersfoort's Colapinto held onto the lead through a chaotic start as behind him multiple drivers tripped over one another, resulting in retirements for Zane Maloney, Francesco Pizzi and Caio Collet, leading to the deployment of the safety car.

When the race resumed, Colapinto delayed his getaway, leaving Roman Stanek's Trident behind as the Czech driver was passed for second by the ART Grand Prix of Martins.

Stanek's misery was then compounded further as he picked up a puncture in a collision with the MP Motorsport of Alexander Smolyar.

Following a brief VSC, Colapinto again held the lead from the restart ahead of Martins while Juan Manuel Correa battled his ART Grand Prix into P3 as he passed Smolyar, who then lost out to the charging PREMA of Leclerc.

Sprint race winner Isack Hadjar then became the second driver to pick up a puncture from Smolyar, and although he managed to return to the pits for a change of tyres, it naturally left him with no chance of adding to his earlier triumph.

With eight laps remaining, Martins made what proved to be the race-winning move on Colapinto who went on to drop off the podium after collecting a five-second time penalty for exceeding track limits.

Leclerc followed Martins home for P2 after charging through the field from 13th on the grid, while the ART Grand Prix of Gregoire Saucy benefitted from Colapinto's penalty to claim the final podium place.

Bahrain F3 feature race results

1. Victor Martins [ART Grand Prix] 46:47.389

2. Arthur Leclerc [PREMA] +1.543

3. Gregoire Saucy [ART Grand Prix] +6.812

4. Juan Manuel Correa [ART Grand Prix] +9.084

5. Franco Colapinto [Van Amersfoort] +11.193

6. Oliver Bearman [PREMA] +14.582

7. Jak Crawford [PREMA] +18.765

8. David Vidales [Campos] +23.004

9. William Alatalo [Jenzer] +23.665

10. Kaylen Frederick [Hitech] +23.843

11. Jonny Edgar [Trident] +26.906

12. Rafael Villagomez [Van Amersfoort] +28.274

13. Pepe Marti [Campos] +30.194

14. Hunter Yeany [Campos] +33.297

15. Niko Kari [Jenzer] +35.044

16. Ido Cohen [Jenzer] +35.068

17. Kush Maini [MP Motorsport] +35.111

18. Reece Ushijima [Van Amersfoort] +35.790

19. Zak O’Sullivan [Carlin] +36.274

20. Ayrton Simmons [Charouz] +36.792

21. Brad Benavides [Carlin] +38.167

22. Roman Stanek [Trident] +38.303

23. Alexander Smolyar [MP Motorsport] +38.795

24. Laszlo Toth [Charouz] +39.952

25. Isack Hadjar [Hitech] +49.781

26. Enzo Trulli [Carlin] +1:46.611

27. Nazim Azman [Hitech] DNF

28. Caio Collet [MP Motorsport] DNF

29. Zane Maloney [Trident] DNF

30. Francesco Pizzi [Charouz] DNF

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