Franco Colapinto once again showed all the potential that led him to be one of the great promises of world motorsport today. Aboard the MP Motorsport that represents the Williams team, the 19-year-old Argentine rider triumphed –with a lap record– in the Formula 3 sprint race at the Australian Grand Prix.
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The Argentine started in sixth place in this competition, but in just six laps he was already the owner of the top. He quickly started another race against the constant influx of the safety car, to the point where he triumphed in the safety car on tarmac.
On the sixth lap, as soon as he took control, an accident by Ido Cohen forced the entry of the precautionary vehicle. The race restarted four laps later. Franco had no problems: he immediately took almost a second away from Sebastián Montoya, who was his escort at the time. On turn 13, it was a crash by Tommy Smith that stopped the clean and jerk. He relaunched in the 17.
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With a lap and a half to go, one last accident brought the blind down. Alejandro García hit the containment barriers and the Argentine celebrated with the safety car on the track. Behind him were Zak O’Sullivan (Prema Racing) and Montoya.
Franco had qualified 10th in his debut at the helm of MP Motorsport at the Bahrain GP, allowing him to finish second in the sprint race behind Spaniard Pepe Martí and ahead of Brazil’s Caio Collet. He then maintained his 10th-place finish in Sunday’s meet which ended with Brazil’s Gabriel Bortoleto (Trident) in command.
In Australia he achieved seventh place which made him start in sixth place in the sprint. It took him six laps to jump to the front of the grid, taking advantage of the failure of the British Luke Browning (Hitech Pulse-Eight) to first take second place and then with a great maneuver to relegate the Colombian Montoya, also a runner in the British team Hitech.
Franco disembarked to this date with 10 points product of the 9 that he added in the sprint and the unit in the normal race. He is allowed to start the day sixth in the drivers’ table behind Gabriel Bortoleto, Oliver Goethe, Dino Beganovic, Pepe Martí and Grégoire Saucy. Precisely the Brazilian Bortoleto achieved pole position for Sunday and Saucy will be in second place.
This victory in Melbourne allowed him to add 11 points for the extra unit of the lap record, so he will enter Sunday’s race in fourth place with 21 points behind Bortoleto (32), Beganovic (27) and Goethe (23 ).
The feature race can be followed in Argentina this Saturday from 8:05 p.m. (10 a.m. on Sunday in Australia).
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