Pau F3: Lorandi holds off Stroll for maiden win after pile-up

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Pau F3: Lorandi holds off Stroll for maiden win after pile-up
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Sophomore driver Alessio Lorandi took the first win of his car racing career, leading every lap of Race 3 at Pau, which started with a massive incident.

Lorandi had a good getaway to lead from pole but carnage behind him immediately brought out the safety car.

Nick Cassidy and Sergio Sette Camara, starting from the second row, entered the right-hand first turn side-by-side with the Kiwi on the inside.

The duo made contact, hit the barrier and blocked much of the path, collecting several other cars.

F3 debutant David Beckmann and Peter Li retired on the spot with Nikita Mazepin going to the pits and failing to continue as well.

Following a lengthy clean-up, Lorandi led the field on the restart with Lance Stroll following close.

The Canadian put pressure for several laps but dropped back a bit for the final stages of the race, allowing Lorandi to celebrate his maiden win.

Russell initially dropped off but a late charge saw him join the leading duo, the Brit eventually finishing third.

Callum Ilott and Mikkel Jensen took fourth and fifth respectively, ahead of Joel Eriksson, who passed Ryan Tveter soon after the restart.

Red Bull junior Niko Kari, T-Sport's Arjun Maini and Brazilian Pedro Piquet completed the top 10.

Race 1 winner Ben Barnicoat pitted during safety car and ended up 11th.

Race 3 results:

 Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 
 Alessio Lorandi Carlin 35'09.190 
 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 0.460
 George Russell Hitech GP 2.385
 Callum Ilott Vam Amersfoort Racing 2.806
 Mikkel Jensen Mucke Motorsport 6.393
 Joel Eriksson Motopark 6.920
 Ryan Tveter Carlin 12.097
 Niko Kari Motopark 12.599
 Arjun Maini T-Sport 13.179
10   Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 22.901
11   Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP 25.011
12   Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing 29.981
13   Maximillian Gunther Prema Powerteam 35.100
14   Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 39.856
15   Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam 44.042
Ret  Guan Yu Zhou Motopark  
Ret  Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP  
Ret  Sergio Sette Camara Motopark  
Ret  David Beckmann Mucke Motorsport  
Ret  Zhi Cong Li Carlin  
Ret  Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam  
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Series Formula European Masters
Event Pau
Location Circuit de Pau
Drivers Alessio Lorandi
Teams Carlin
Author David Gruz