Doohan campaign ends with flying hoop – auto action | CarTailz

By Timothy Neal

Jack Doohan’s F2 campaign ended in unfortunate circumstances when his bid for Rookie of the Year was derailed by a tire flying off his Virtuosi car after his first pit stop in a late battle for the podium.

The F2 finals started with Jack Doohan and Logan Sargeant battling it out for Rookie of the Year.

Doohan was playing P5 in the Mediums, alongside Sargeant in P6 in warm conditions, with Sargeant needing a clean race and pushing for a super license to cement his Williams seat for 2023.

A safety car restart following a spin at the back of the field put Doohan in P8 behind Sargeant on a restart on Lap 3, with Jack dropping three places from his grid spot.

Still out on lap 11, Doohan came out in P1 with the leader pitting; with Iwasa, Drugovich and Lawson going in and sitting on the provisional podiums.

Doohan stayed out to flush his tires with a five second lead while Iwasa in P8 held a 24.2 split on lap 18 of 33.

The Virtuosi Aussie was still P1 on lap 22 in a desperate battle for places with provisional leader Iwasa moving into P5 with 10 laps to go and 24.3s off Doohan.

Doohan finally pitted in a good spot on lap 26 with a long stint on the medium and when he got back in front left he flew off his Virtuosi car in a sad ending for a fantastic campaign and gave Sargeant the rookie des Year and Even more important for the American driver is the guarantee of his Formula 1 super license, which sits unchallenged in P7 with five laps to go.

It was a close race to the end with Iwasa and Drugovich going wheel to wheel and Sargeant driving in P5 with a guaranteed F1 license and Kiwi Liam Lawson in P3.

It ended with Iwasa taking a long-awaited win and Sargeant getting his F1 spot with Williams with a P5 finish.

“Thank you all for your hard work and dedication this year. I know we didn’t always capitalize, but we just showed we’re damn fast, so thanks for everything,” Sargeant commented on the race on the radio.

Doohan will most likely/certainly be driving around next year in F2 – that is to say a race at Albert Park – with the 19-year-old Gold Coast resident to prove his worth as an Alpine Academy driver after two training sessions in a second crack F1- car and a very solid fifth in his first full Formula Two season.

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