Doohan tops the Aussie international charge

Monday 21 June, 2021
Jack Doohan was one of a few drivers to secure podiums in their respective international series.
Photo: Dutch Photography

FIA Formula 3 Championship 

Jack Doohan and Calan Williams have both notched up their best weekends in the FIA Formula 3 Championship with both enjoying visits to the podium across the weekend.
 
Williams was the first of the two to spray the champagne with a podium in the opening race, before Doohan’s hard work in qualifying was rewarded with his first race win in the championship.
 
Having qualified in P4, Doohan then spent Saturday’s two sprint races setting himself up for the final feature race on Sunday – the 18-year-old finishing seventh and fifth to pick up a good haul of points heading into Sunday.
 

When it came to the main race, Doohan was a man on a mission and didn't let the changing weather conditions affect him as he went up to third on lap 7 with a good pass on the main straight, before taking advantage of Frederick Vesti’s slip up just three laps later to grab second place. 

On lap 15, the Trident driver was required to dig deep to take top spot via an intense exchange with leader Dennis Hauger – however after some entertaining wheel-to-wheel action between the two, Doohan got his man for the lead, which he held for the remaining four laps.

“I am very happy with the result and very thankful to the team, to the engineers and the mechanics for giving me an awesome car,” Doohan said.
 
“The conditions weren’t the easiest, but we managed them well and came out on top. I am very happy and I am now looking forward to the Red Bull Ring in just over a week.”
 
Williams on the other hand couldn’t score points in the main feature race, with the West Australian crossing the finish line where he started in P12.
 
However, it was his earlier work that showed his pace and talent – the 20-year-old securing the first points of his career in style with third place.
 

In the second sprint race of the weekend, Williams then backed up his first points finish with another top 10 placing, finishing the race in eighth position.

Both drivers moved up in the standings after their productive weekends – Doohan moving to third place and just eight points off the leader in Hauger, while Williams now sits in 13th overall.
 
The FIA Formula 3 Championship now has a one-week break before re-joining the Formula 1 Championship for the Austrian Grand Prix on 2-4 July.  
 

NTT IndyCar Series

Will Power has continued his 2021 NTT IndyCar Series recovery run, securing just his second podium for the year overnight.
 
With the United States based series in Wisconsin for the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, Power finally got to enjoy a straightforward outing with no drama to finish third after what has been a very tough few months.
 
Starting in P4, Power had a good strategy all race and managed his tyres well, avoiding a repeat of what happened in Detroit.
 
While he wasn’t one of the seven different leaders throughout the race, Power did what he had to do to finish on the podium for the first time since April.
 
Three-time Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin finished the race in 14th after starting three places lower.
 

The series’ next round is the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on 4 July.

 

Indy Lights

Another United States based driver in Alex Peroni didn’t have the best of weekends unfortunately, with two contrasting results during the Indy Lights’ fifth round of the year.
 
Having shown strong pace in the practice, Peroni worked hard to recover after a tough qualifying for race one, working his way up from P8 to P2.
 
Looking on track to secure his second podium for the year and running in second place, Peroni then lost fourth gear which forced him to the rear of the field.
 
While it was a tough pill to swallow for the Tasmanian, he bounced back in a wild race two where he started P6, found himself at the back of the field, but charged through to end the 20-lap race in an amicable fourth place.
 
Although he recovered in that second race, the damage was done from the first race and Peroni dropped from fifth to seventh on the outright standings after strong weekends from his rivals.
 
It’s a very close battle for that top five position, with just four championship points separating drivers ranked fifth to ninth – Peroni being just one point off Robert Megennis and Devlin DeFrancesco in equal P5.
 

The series joins the NTT IndyCar Series in Ohio next month for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio on 4 July.

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