09 Jun Two podium finishes for Fortec at Red Bull Ring
The first race of the weekend saw Jehan Daruvala take to the podium in a well-deserved third place. Callan O’Keeffe, starting in fifth, was able to gain a position in the race duration while Alex Gill closely followed, starting in fourth and also moving up a place. Habsburg was able to make huge gains in the race, progressing five places after starting eleventh.
In the opening laps of the race, O’Keeffe was challenging Sasahara for fourth position. After briefly gaining the place, O’Keeffe continued to chase Sasahara, closing the gap while Habsburg was able to progress to eighth. With sixteen minutes remaining, Sasahara dropped down the grid into seventh, resulting in O’Keeffe gaining forth and Gill moving up into fifth.
Habsburg, charging ahead, was able to gain another place, putting him in seventh while O’Keeffe was ahead chasing Daruvala. Closing the gap to just 0.12s, O’Keeffe attempted numerous times to make his move on Daruvala who, however, kept up his defence and was able hold on to third. In the final stages of the race, Habsburg was able to gain yet another place, putting him in sixth while a battle was brewing between O’Keeffe and Gill. Gill, chasing O’Keeffe for fourth, was able to close the gap to just 0.07s at one stage but O’Keeffe continued to defend.
The Fortec four all crossed the line in successive positions with Daruvala in third, O’Keeffe forth, Gill fifth and Habsburg in sixth.
The second race of the weekend saw the action continue with numerous battles taking place. Daruvala started off in third while Gill closely followed in fourth. O’Keeffe’s second race began from eighth on the grid with Habsburg behind in ninth.
In the opening lap, Daruvala charged ahead gaining second place. Further back in the grid, a battle for seventh was taking place between O’Keeffe and Sasahara until O’Keeffe made the move, progressing to seventh. Shortly after, Habsburg was quick to catch up, also taking a place from Sasahara, putting him in eighth.
With seven minutes remaining, Daruvala could no longer defend his position in second from Deletraz and fell back to third. Racing in fourth, Gill continued in pursuit, closing the gap to Daruvala.
In the last six minutes, Gill was able to make the move on Daruvala resulting in a progression to third. Into the closing stages of the race, O’Keeffe made up another place, progressing to sixth while the battle between Gill and Daruvala for third continued until the chequered flag.
Gill, able to keep his position across the line, finished in third, while Daruvala closely followed in fourth. O’Keeffe crossed the line in sixth, after gaining two places throughout the race duration. Habsburg, after receiving a drive-through penalty for a jump start, finished the race in a disappointing sixteenth.