2020 Formula Regional European Championship – Leclerc Takes Second Win of the Weekend

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For race 3, Gianluca Petecof (Prema Powerteam) seemed to start well enough from pole, but the car slowed when he missed a gear change, and he was promptly passed by his teammate, Arthur Leclerc, and also by Juri Vips (KIC Motorsport), who immediately slotted into an excellent second position from fifth on the grid, and Oliver Rasmussen (Prema Powerteam) who grabbed 3rd.

In the early laps Vips hung onto the rapid Monegasque thanks to the fact that KIC had solved the engine problems that have afflicted the Estonian driver since Misano. However, several attempts to attack by Vips were unsuccessful, while Petecof’s comeback was fast and furious behind him, with some extraordinary overtaking first on Rasmussen and then on Vips, the Brazilian driver no in the least bit intimidated, despite the greater experience of the Red Bull Junior Team driver.

At that point Leclerc took full advantage of the duel being fought between his two pursuers and to open up a gap of almost 2 seconds on Petecof, despite Petecof putting in faster times than his teammate. Eventually the seond placed man caught up with him and attacked a coule of times, but was unable to get ahead.

So it was Arthur Leclerc who won race 3 under the watchful eye of his brother, Ferrari F1 driver, Charles Leclerc. Behind the leading trio, there was a good fight between Rasmussen, Patrick Pasma (KIC Motorsport), Konsta Lappalainen (KIC Motorsport) and local driver Pierre-Louis Chovet (Van Amersfoort Racing), who finished in that order.

The general classification at the end of the weekend at Paul Ricard means that Gianluca Petecof leads the series with 116 points, but behind him Arthur Leclerc was only 5 points behind with 111. Third is Oliver Rasmussen away off with 85 points, fourth is Patrick Pasma with 68 and fifth is Pierre-Louis Chovet with 61 points.

The next race will take place at another F1 circuit, the Red Bull Ring, on the weekend of 13 September.

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