Doohan continues brilliant 2021 run

Monday 30 August, 2021
Jack Doohan led the Aussie charge in the Belgian Grand Prix's support categories.
FIA Formula 3 Championship 
Jack Doohan has closed the gap on FIA Formula 3 Championship leader Dennis Hauger after a significant haul of points during the round at Spa-Francorchamps. 
Unlike the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, Formula 3 was able to run all scheduled races across the weekend with Doohan securing two wins out of the three after picking up a well-deserved pole position for Sunday’s feature race.  
Although he was unable to nab points in the opening reverse grid race having started from P12, not making up any positions worked in his favour, as he started from the front of the grid in the weekend’s second race. 

From there, he was able to lead the whole race and pick up race win number two for the year – while Hauger just squeezed into the points.  
In the feature race, Doohan once again led all race but was made to work hard in order to keep his lead, before reaching the chequered flag for his third victory just two seconds ahead of Frenchman Victor Martins. 
With Hauger once again just squeezing into the top 10, the gap for the lead between the Norwegian and Doohan sits at just 25 points ahead of the penultimate round this weekend. 

Doohan’s compatriot Calan Williams was unable to enjoy similar success, with the West Australian struggling to find the pace throughout the weekend. 
After a tough qualifying, Williams stumbled to  24th in the opening race, before being involved in a scary crash during race two which he thankfully he walked away from unharmed. 
For the final race of the weekend, William’s weekend woes continued as he finished in P18, however it was a far better outing as he managed to hold on to his place and show fight despite losing tyres. 
The FIA Formula 3 Championship continues this weekend with the penultimate round at Circuit Zandvoort in Netherlands.  

W Series 
Caitlin Wood enjoyed her equal best career result in the W Series after finishing fifth in her second appearance of the year. 
Assigned as a reserve driver in 2021, the round at Spa was the first time Wood was behind the wheel since her challenging outing in Hungary late last month. 
Unfortunately, a six-car crash in qualifying dominated headlines on Friday night, but Wood excelled despite the drama to post the fourth fastest time and a spot on the second row. 
Her position was then elevated to P3 post-qualifying and the New South Wales born driver had it all to do during the race as she faced pressure from a number of drivers behind her.  

Although she battled hard, Wood was unable to hold off the likes of Emma Kimilainen and Puma teammate Marta Garcia, as the former went on to win the race over Brits Jamie Chadwick and Alice Powell.  
Despite not holding onto her podium place, Wood defended well and still managed to pick up her best result in the series and the best of the reserve drivers thus far in 2021. 
The W Series will join Formula 1 and Formula 3 this weekend at Circuit Zandvoort in Netherlands.
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