It was double delight for New Zealand drivers in Austria with Red Bull Junior driver Liam Lawson taking his maiden win in the FIA Formula 3 Championship and Jaxon Evans claiming his first win in Porsche Supercup.
By DAN McCARTHY
From pole position Evans made a great start and quickly gapped the fighting pack behind in the opening half a lap.
Into Turn 4 Evans’ BWT Lechner Racing teammate Dylan Pereira took second position off Leon Kohler around the outside.
As the race approached the halfway stage, Evans had pulled out a small 1s margin and controlled the race from that point onwards.
The Kiwi went on to claim his maiden Porsche Supercup victory by 0.728s from Pereira, with Kohler in third position.
Reigning Porsche Carrera Cup Australia Series winner Jordan Love made his debut in the global Porsche Series.
After qualifying 18th Love shot up to fourteenth on the opening lap and continued his march forward, the Australian held 11th for much of the race, before crossing the line in 12th.
A couple of hours earlier Lawson took victory in the inverted top 10 Formula 3 race.
After starting from fifth on the grid the Kiwi made clinical and decisive moves to charge to the front of the field by lap 7.
From there Lawson built a margin out front until a safety car deployed on lap 19 condensed the field back up.
The Kiwi made a great restart and was able to bring his Hitech Grand Prix car home in first position ahead of Richard Verschoor and Clement Novalak.
It was not such a great day for the four Aussies, after winning the race on Saturday Oscar Piastri was hampered by a DRS issue on Sunday but was still able to salvage an eighth-place finish.
Alex Peroni took his maiden F3 podium in Race 1 and sat comfortably inside the points in the second 24 lap encounter when his power unit shut down and could not be restarted.
Jack Doohan also retired with a mechanical drama, while Calan Williams made his way up from 21st into 17th position.
Both the FIA Formula 3 Championship and Porsche Supercup categories will return to Austria next weekend.
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Date posted: July 6, 2020