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F3 Spain: Boya takes advantage of Trident implosion for maiden win

Mari Boya topped the F3 podium for the first time, securing only his second career top-three finish in a relatively straightforward affair for the Campos driver after early contact between Santiago Ramos and Sami Meguetounif cleared the path for the Spaniard.

Alex Dunne (MP Motorsport) and Oliver Goethe (Campos) joined him in the top three, although the former’s position remains provisional as he is subject to a post-race investigation for a false start.

Following a post-qualifying track limits penalty for Sebastian Montoya, Trident saw drivers Ramos and Meguetounif promoted onto the front row. But any hope of victory disintegrated with a third lap collision between the team-mates.

With DRS enabled at the start of the lap, Meguetounif had the run on Ramos, who was defending the inside line, into Turn 1. Despite space being left, Meguetounif took to the grass on the inside, lost control and was forced to retire with damage after the pair collided.

Ramos was able to recover to the pits with a puncture but rejoined at the back of the pack, with Meguetounif handed a five-place grid penalty post-race which will apply for the next race he participates in.

In the mayhem, Nikita Bedrin (AIX Racing) and Callum Voisin (Rodin) also made contact at the same corner – both of whom retired. Both incidents are subject to a post-race investigation.

The beneficiary was home driver Boya, who led the way from Dunne and Goethe when action resumed on lap eight.

Photo by: Zak Mauger – Motorsport Images

While all eyes had been on the action at the front, Montoya had made rapid progress, climbing from P27 to P15 by the time of the safety car. And this progress continued after the intervention, with Nikola Tsolov, Luke Browning and Christian Mansell all falling victim to the fast-charging Colombian by lap 13.

But this was all for nothing, when contact with Gabriele Mini (Prema) on lap 18 on the exit of Turn 4 as the lines of both drivers converged resulted in a right front puncture to the Prema, leaving Mini unable to avoid taking the pair into the gravel and out of the race.

At the front, Boya had survived an attack from Dunne after a period of tyre saving. There was now, however, an asterisk hanging over the on-track action as Dunne – along with Christian Mansell (ART), Bedrin, Charlie Wurz (Jenzer), Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (AIX Racing), Sophia Floersch (Van Amersfoort Racing), Kacper Sztuka (MP Motorsport) and Piotr Wisnicki (Rodin) – was under investigation for a false start.

With the clear-up unable to be completed within the 21-lap distance, the race finished behind the safety car, with Boya left unchallenged to claim his first F3 victory and become the ninth different winner from nine races on the 99th race in the category’s history.

But the race winner and his team were summoned to the stewards after it was found his car was fitted with a front plank which was marked, but not nominated for the car, putting his win currently in doubt.

Despite his retirement, Mini retained his lead in the championship on 72 points, with Leonardo Fornaroli (Trident) second three points back and Luke Browning (Hitech) third after failing to score in P12.

F3 Spain – Sprint race results


M. Boya Campos Racing

12 21   153.462        

A. Dunne MP Motorsport

9 21 0.453 153.432        

O. Goethe Campos Racing

10 21 0.375 153.407        

M. Stenshorne Hitech Pulse-Eight

15 21 0.240 153.391        

L. Van ART Grand Prix

24 21 0.195 153.378        

N. León Van Amersfoort Racing

20 21 0.472 153.346        

L. Fornaroli Trident

4 21 0.158 153.336        

D. Beganovic Prema Powerteam

1 21 0.304 153.315        

A. Lindblad Prema Powerteam

3 21 0.501 153.282        

T. Tramnitz MP Motorsport

7 21 0.266 153.264        

C. Mansell ART Grand Prix

23 21 0.147 153.254        

L. Browning Hitech Pulse-Eight

14 21 0.264 153.237        

N. Tsolov ART Grand Prix

25 21 0.561 153.199        

C. Shields Hitech Pulse-Eight

16 21 0.277 153.181        

J. Loake Rodin Motorsport

31 21 0.439 153.151        

C. Wurz Jenzer Motorsport

17 21 0.330 153.129        

J. Dufek PHM AIX Racing

28 21 0.305 153.109        

T. Smith Van Amersfoort Racing

22 21 0.500 153.076        

M. Zagazeta Jenzer Motorsport

19 21 1.151 152.999        
20 Germany S. Flörsch Van Amersfoort Racing 21 21 0.179 152.987        

S. Ramos Trident

6 21 0.253 152.970        

M. Esterson Jenzer Motorsport

18 21 0.479 152.938        

K. Sztuka MP Motorsport

8 21 0.717 152.891        

P. Wiśnicki Rodin Motorsport

30 21 0.194 152.878        

T. Inthraphuvasak PHM AIX Racing

26 21 7.796 152.361        

G. Minì Prema Powerteam

2 17         Accident  
dnf Colombia S. Montoya Campos Racing 11 17         Accident  

S. Meguetounif Trident

5 2         Accident  

C. Voisin Rodin Motorsport

29 2         Accident  

N. Bedrin PHM AIX Racing

27 2         Accident  

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