Josh Nevet

Australian Jack Duhan took second place from the pole position in the Formula 2 race on the Barcelona-Catalonia track, failing to restrain cardist Felipe Drugovich.

Duhan certainly struggled, holding the lead until the 26th lap, impressing with a display for Virtuosi Racing, but championship leader Drugovic had too much speed at the end of the race, finishing in 5,630 seconds.

It was a flawless weekend from the MP Motorsport man who won both races in Barcelona.

More than 17s further in third place was Frederick Vesti, who led a battle group of three riders vying for the final spot on the podium.

Duhan seemed a strong chance for his first victory in F2 in the early stages, started well, and Drugovich looked to catch up with 10th online.

Vesti was the obvious contender, jumping Vips to P2 on the first lap.

The action was stopped on the 3rd lap as stationary Jahan Daruvala was undercut by Ayum Ivas, who forced a safety car to be launched.

The race resumed on the 7th lap, and Duhan defended his lead before a wave of pit stops set the course for the rest of the match.

Vesti and Doohan drove to the lane on the 11th and 12th laps respectively, making direct stops to take the hard tires.

Drugovich was not seen in his box until the 18th lap, which extended the life of his soft tires much further than his competitors. Drugovic again came out on the track in ninth place, but an effective third based strategy.

Entering the 20th lap, Drugovic received a double tow and climbed to seventh place, reducing the gap from Duhan to 2.6 seconds on the 21st lap.

Duhan could do little on the senior tire, as hunter Drugovic gradually reduced the gap until he was able to use the DRS to pass Turn 1 on the 26th lap.

Since then, Drugovic has gone smoothly, which increased the gap in points, winning, Duhan and Vesti felt on the podium.

Logan Sargent was fourth after Clement Novalak, who mastered an alternative strategy to achieve P5.

Enzo Fitipaldi and Marcus Armstrong made similar tactics in sixth and seventh places, while Theo Purscher, Liam Lawson and Roy Nissan closed the top 10.

Australian Kalan Williams left behind the problems of Saturday’s sprint race, taking 11th placeth for the Trident.

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