Viscaal snatches first F3 victory from Zendeli in dramatic final lap of Race 2

Bent Viscaal
Bent Viscaal

It was a case of who dares wins in Race 2 at Silverstone, as Bent Viscaal took a dramatic last lap victory over Lirim Zendeli for his first ever win in FIA Formula 3 victory.

The MP Motorsport racer had spent the entirety of the race behind the Trident driver in second, but left enough life in his tires for an audacious move on Zendeli down the final straight, finishing a mere tenth of a second ahead of the German. Viscaal becomes the eighth different winner of the season from just 10 races.

Théo Pourchaire clung on to third at the line, surviving a last lap battle of his own with Liam Lawson, who was forced wide and fell to fifth behind David Beckmann.

Logan Sargeant, who took the Championship lead with a Race 1 victory, suffered from contrasting fortunes on Sunday as he was forced to retire from the race, coming off worst in a battle with Cameron Das.

AS IT HAPPENED

Sunday Start
Sunday Start

After a swelteringly hot start to the weekend in Great Britain, dark clouds loomed over Silverstone and provided the field with a different type of challenge, as cooler track temperatures meant a battle to warm up the Pirelli rubber without heavily degrading it.

Starting at the front on just his second round of F3, Ben Barnicoat got off to a poor start from pole and was swallowed up by the field. Zendeli made the most of the Carlin Buzz Racing driver’s sluggish getaway and fired into P1.

Barnicoat had initially dropped all the way to fourth but managed to tussle his way back to third, ahead of Pourchaire, at Brooklands.

Lukas Dunner and Calan Williams brought out the Safety Car as they collided and went off the road.

Racing resumed on Lap 6 and Zendeli dashed into the distance, setting the fastest lap as he did so.

Oscar Piastri hadn’t enjoyed the greatest of rounds at Silverstone. The PREMA racer had suffered from mechanical issues all weekend and lost the Championship lead to Sargeant on Saturday, but had an opportunity to fight back in Race 2 before coming to blows with title rival Lawson in a battle for fifth. He went wide but avoided a puncture, and dropped to eighth.

Sargeant’s Sunday wasn’t going particularly well either. The Championship leader was locked in battle with his fellow American, Das, but the two touched wheels which sent Sargeant off the road. He returned to the pits with damage and was forced out of the car into retirement.

There was then a problem for Barnicoat. The Briton was forced to pull over on to the side of the road from third and retire.

Lawson had avoided damage in his earlier battle with Piastri and with the Australian dropping back, the Kiwi was able to switch his focus and catch up with Beckmann, sliding ahead of the Trident for fourth.

Zendeli and Viscaal had been left alone out in front, with a 7s gap between themselves and Pourchaire in third. The Dutchman had managed to remain in DRS range of the race leader and retained sufficient life in his tires for a late lunge.

L to R Zendeli, Viscaa and lPourchaire
L to R Zendeli, Viscaa and lPourchaire

It looked as if Zendeli would hold on, but Viscaal made his move at Copse and clawed ahead of the Trident. The German wasn’t about to hand over the win easily and fought back ahead through Vale. Yet, their battle still wasn’t over, Viscaal swung around the Trident for a second time at the final corner and sparked a drag race to the line. The MP Motorsport driver eventually came out on top by just 0.1s

Lawson attempted a similarly risky move on Pourchaire for third, but the Kiwi ran wide and fell to fifth behind Beckmann. Piastri managed to get ahead of Hughes for sixth, while Frederik Vesti took the final points’ position.

Sargeant retains first in the Championship on 106, just a single point ahead of Piastri in second place. Beckmann is third on 82.5, ahead of Lawson and Vesti. In the Teams’ Championship, PREMA Racing are first on 281.5 points, ahead of Trident on 132.5 and ART Grand Prix on 114.

Hitech Grand Prix are fourth and MP Motorsport fifth.

QUOTE – BENT VISCAAL (MP MOTORSPORT)

“Thank you very much to MP Motorsport for the great car today. It was absolutely incredible. All of the hard work we have done for the past four races has finally paid off with a win.

“We were close in Budapest but got some penalties. To get the win like this in dry conditions shows that we are competitive. I am now looking forward to the rest of the season."

Results

POS No. Driver Team LAPS GAP INT.
1 18 B. Viscaal MP Motorsport 20 0.000s 0.000s
2 10 L. Zendeli Trident 20 0.189 0.189
3 7 T. Pourchaire ART Grand Prix 20 8.395 8.206
4 11 D. Beckmann Trident 20 8.829 0.434
5 5 L. Lawson HiTech Grand Prix 20 8.848 0.019
6 1 O. Piastri PREMA Racing 20 9.226 0.378
7 15 J. Hughes HWA RACELAB 20 10.742 1.516
8 2 F. Vesti PREMA Racing 20 10.966 0.224
9 26 C. Novalak Carlin Buzz Racing 20 11.501 0.535
10 14 E. Fittipaldi HWA RACELAB 20 21.346 9.845
11 24 I. Fraga Charouz Racing System 20 22.833 1.487
12 28 C. Das Carlin Buzz Racing 20 23.898 1.065
13 4 M. Fewtrell HiTech Grand Prix 20 23.937 0.039
14 9 S. Fernández ART Grand Prix 20 24.043 0.106
15 8 A. Smolyar ART Grand Prix 20 24.918 0.875
16 23 R. Stanek Charouz Racing System 20 25.441 0.523
17 22 M. Nannini Jenzer Motorsport 20 26.007 0.566
18 17 R. Verschoor MP Motorsport 20 26.362 0.355
19 31 S. Floersch Campos Racing 20 26.718 0.356
20 6 D. Hauger HiTech Grand Prix 20 27.176 0.458
21 16 J. Doohan HWA RACELAB 20 27.791 0.615
22 12 O. Caldwell Trident 20 28.002 0.211
23 21 F. Malvestiti Jenzer Motorsport 20 28.132 0.130
24 29 A. Peroni Campos Racing 20 60.615 32.483

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