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Browning returns to top after chaotic race win

Luke Browning claimed his second Formula 3 victory of the season within the feature race in Austria to once more take the highest spot in the general standings.

The Williams Academy driver, racing for Hitech, drove his automotive in a controlled manner as fierce touring car-style duels took place behind him.

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After a solid start, Browning moved ahead of the pack, while third-placed Tim Tramnitz dropped like a stone after his MP Motorsport team suffered a poor start.

This allowed the Prema trio of Arvid Lindblad, Gabriele Mini and Dino Beganovic to line up behind Browning, although the previous soon fell off the track after being pushed off by MP Motorsport's Alex Dunne on the eighth of 26 laps.

Dunne received a time penalty for his offence and was joined by Tramnitz, Mari Boya (Campos) and Callum Voisin (Rodin) who were also involved in incidents on target.

However, it was in the ultimate laps that the race reached its climax, with the major attraction becoming the battle for second place.

Towards the top of lap 21, Beganović showed just how hard he needed to push to maintain up with Browning, losing the rear and sliding around the ultimate corner – a move that gave the race leader a number of tenths of additional respiratory room.

With three laps to go the fight became more intense because the Mini tried to pass Beganovic but lost to Mansel before regaining the position on the last step of the rostrum, just outside Turn Six.

The fight continued on the penultimate lap, this time the Mini successfully attacked Beganovic and this time waited for the manoeuvre to be accomplished on turn 4.

However, on the ultimate lap the positions modified again, with Beganović regaining the lead at turn three, only to lose second place for the ultimate time at turn six.

Thanks to some late fighting, Browning broke free and won by 1.6 seconds, returning to the highest of the rostrum.

After a detailed race, Mini and Beganovic finished on the rostrum, with Mansell unlucky in fourth – although the Australian described the race, which he began from eleventh on the grid, as “the best race of my life” in a team radio interview.

Browning now leads the standings with 106 points for his Mini, while Leonardo Fornaroli (Trident) dropped from first to 3rd after ending ninth and scoring just two points. Beganovic is now 26 points behind the leader with just 4 weekends remaining.

1

L. Browneng Hitech Pulse-Eight

14 26
2

G. Minì According to Powerteam

2 26 1,600
3

D. Beganovic According to Powerteam

1 26 0.500
4

C. Mansell ART Grand Prix

23 26 0.400
5

O. Goethe Campos Races

10 26 0.600
6

N. Colov ART Grand Prix

25 26 4.000
7

A. Lindblad According to Powerteam

3 26 0.700
8

L. Van ART Grand Prix

24 26 2.100
9

L. Fornaroli Trident

4 26 0.300
10

A. Dunne MP Motorsport

9 26 3.200
11 Germany S. Flörsch Van Amersfoort Racing 21 26 0.400
12

M. Stenshorne Hitech Pulse-Eight

15 26 0.200
13

S. Ramos Trident

6 26 0.500
14

M. Zagazeta Jenzer Motorsport

19 26 3.400
15

T. Tramnitz MP Motorsport

7 26 0.400
16

K. Art MP Motorsport

8 26 3.000
17

M.Esterson Jenzer Motorsport

18 26 0.900
18

M.Dye Campos Races

12 26 1,700
19

P. Wisnicki Rodin Motorsport

thirty 26 6.200
20

S. Meguetounif Trident

5 26 3,800
21

C. Shields Hitech Pulse-Eight

16 26 0.000
22

T. Smith Van Amersfoort Racing

22 26 7,900
23

N. Leon Van Amersfoort Racing

20 26 5,800
24

J. Locke Rodin Motorsport

31 26 13,000
25

C. Neighbor Rodin Motorsport

29 26 16,000
26

T. Inthrapuvasak PHM AIX Racing

26 26 5.400
27

C. Root Jenzer Motorsport

17 25
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N. Bedrina PHM AIX Racing

27 10 Pension
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J. Dufka PHM AIX Racing

28 5 Pension
don’t move Columbia S. Montoya Campos Races 11 5 Pension

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