MRF Challenge: Drugovich takes Race 3, Van Kalmthout is P3 from P15 in Abu Dhabi
Taking the second best lap from Thursday's qualifying, Felipe Drugovich started Race 3 in the Abu Dhabi MRF Challenge week at Yas Marina Circuit on pole alongside Julien Falchero. In row two were Alex Karkosik and Presley Martono.
Under the fading light in Abu Dhabi, Drugovich made another solid start to keep his lead, while Falchero bogged down by couple of places to be fourth, with Karkosik taking second and Martono putting himself in the podium position.
While the Brazilian was untouchable in the front, the fight between Karkosik and Martono took an ugly turn on Lap 4 when the two came together, resulting in the retirement for the former, with the latter dropping to seventh in the next few laps.
This pushed Falchero back in second, but the Frenchman had Rinus van Kalmthout for company, who made an astonishing 12 places from 15th on the grid to be third. The resulting clash also allowed the likes of Michelangelo Amendola and Manuel Maldonado in a good position.
Meanwhile, Drugovich put in another dominant effort to so far keep himself on top in all the sessions in Abu Dhabi - the Brazilian took his seventh win of the season by a whooping 13.478s margin, while Falchero held off van Kalmthout in the battle for second.
Behind, further troubles to Martono allowed Amendola to score his best result of fourth, with Maldonado in fifth, while Nazim Azman was sixth, despite the Malaysian dropping outside of the Top 10 earlier in the race after starting from fifth.
In a late tussle, Harri Jones overtook Danial Frost to take seventh, while Henning Enqvist continued on his points spree in Abu Dhabi finishing ninth, as Pavan Ravishankar took 10th after having a similar race like Azman.
In the non-scoring positions, it was Robert Megennis in 11th, followed by Dylan Young, Richard Wagner and Kurt Hill. Even though Martono was classified in 15th, the Indonesian didn't see the chequered flag after pitting on Lap 9. Fellow countryman Perdana Putra Minang finished a lap down in 16th after early visit to the pits.
Louis Gachot, who was to start from fifth in the third race, didn't take the grid - which pushed everyone from sixth onward, one place up at the start of the race.