Jehan Daruvala clinches third position for Mumbai Falcons in Formula 3 Asian Championship
It was a commendable effort from the team as both the cars faced technical issues during pre-season testing. Despite that Jehan qualified for Race 1 at fourth while Kush Maini at eighth
Mumbai Falcons made an impressive debut in the Formula 3 Asian Championship in the United Arab Emirates, with Jehan Daruvala clinching the third place in the first race of Round 1 at the Dubai Autodrome.
It was a commendable effort from the team as both the cars faced technical issues during pre-season testing. Despite that Jehan qualified for Race 1 at fourth while Kush Maini at eighth.
Jehan had a good start and quickly moved up a place to third and he held on to it to claim the podium. His good run over the weekend helped him finish in seventh position in the overall drivers’ standings with 27 points.
Kush, however, was unfortunate as he was hit by another car and had to pit, which put him at the back of the entire field. He still managed to clock the second fastest lap time in this race which allowed him to start second for Race 2.
An unlucky brake issue, again, saw Kush barely move fifty meters down the track, at the start of the race.
Jehan too lost a few positions in the opening lap but recovered well later, to finish seventh.
Race 3 saw Kush get a fantastic start. But four cars entered the first corner side by side, leading to a contact. This forced Kush to pit once again to repair damage, to re-join at the back.
Jehan’s car too momentarily went airborne and spun him around. The young Indian managed to get his car started & re-joined in eighteenth. From there on, Jehan drove a brilliant race. On a circuit with few overtaking opportunities, the 22-year-old was practically overtaking a car a lap.
From eighteenth, Jehan steadily climbed up the order and was by far the quickest driver on track. Some excellent racecraft helped him get into the points and eventually finish in seventh position.
Jehan’s phenomenal pace meant he also had the fastest lap of the race, which was almost 3 tenths of a second faster than any other racer on track. French racer Pierre Louis Chovet won the race ahead of Sweden’s Ferrari Academy racer, Dino Beganovic. Williams F1 Junior, Roy Nissany was third. The first two races were won by China’s Guanyu Zhou.
“I had the pace to win Race 3, but unfortunately there was an incident at the start. I was lucky to avoid any serious damage. Coming from the back was tough, but I really enjoyed overtaking so many cars. The podium in Race 1 was good to have but, I am confident we will do better in the remaining rounds,” multiple F3 winner Jehan said.
Kush Maini added, “It’s been a weekend to forget for me. However the strong takeaway is that we had good pace and I am confident we will get better. The team worked hard together to overcome the initial issues.”
“This was our very first weekend of international racing for us. There were a few hiccups, however these are now behind us. We have shown we have the speed and we hope for a strong showing in the remaining rounds,” Moid Tungekar, CEO of Mumbai Falcons, said.
The championship now moves to Yas Marina Formula 1 Circuit at Abu Dhabi, for 2 back to back events, next week. A lot of support has been received by Indian fans who are able to watch the races live on the Mumbai Falcons Racing Limited YouTube Channel.