Jack Doohan capped a huge day for the offspring of Australian motorsport royalty, winning his first Formula 3 race.
The son of five-time MotoGP world champion Mick Doohan came from fourth place on the grid to claim his first race victory in Le Castellet, France.
Demonstrating brilliantly in the wet conditions, Doohan chased down leader Dennis Hauger in tense final laps.
The 18-year-old cut Haugher’s 2.6-second lead with five laps to go and under the impetus of his team Trident put the pressure on and took over.
Haugher, who leads the championship standings, desperately tried to match Doohan, but the Australian just had too much grip and too much control.
âThe conditions weren’t the easiest, but we handled them well and came out on top,â Doohan tweeted.
“I am very happy and now look forward to the Red Bull Ring in just over a week.”
In a promising start to the 2021 Formula 3 season, Doohan’s first victory puts him in third place overall with 58 points, eight points behind Hauger.
Doohan’s father is one of the greats in motorcycle racing, winning five MotoGP titles.
The result capped a remarkable 24 hours for second-generation Australian riders after Remy Gardner and Oli Bayliss both claimed victories in separate motorcycle categories on Sunday.
Bayliss, the son of three-time superbike world champion Troy, claimed victory in the third race of the Australian Superbike Championship in Darwin.
Meanwhile, in the Moto2 race at Sachsenring in Germany, Gardner continued his fiery form in the category to win his third race of the year.
The son of former 500cc world champion Wayne now holds a 36-point lead in the Moto2 championship standings over Spaniard Raul Fernandez.