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ARJUN MAINI SCRIPTS HISTORY, BECOMES FIRST INDIAN TO WIN GP3

Blog By: Riya Rathore

Maini finished seventh in Race 1 of the first round of the GP3 season on Saturday. After qualifying a respectable sixth for race one in the morning, Race 1 began with Arjun having a good start and moving up one place on the opening lap. But he could not keep up with the leaders and managed to hold onto 7th place to claim 6 points. Starting second on the grid, in Race 2, Arjun quickly took the lead and was challenged by Boccolacci in the early stages of the Race 2 but fought back with some smart driving and was able to race clear in first place building a resounding 4.5 second lead by the tenth lap and continued to increase the gap throughout the race. cored his first win in two years while finishing six seconds ahead of Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci and teammate Alessio Lorandi of Italy. Maini,  who had had a tough race in the feature race on Saturday, started from second in the reverse grid sprint race. The Indian immediately took the lead on the opening lap passing pole-sitter Raoul Hyman. Once into the lead, for the first few laps, Maini came under pressure from Starting second on the grid, in Race 2, Arjun quickly took the lead and was challenged by Boccolacci in the early stages of the Race 2 but fought back with some smart driving and was able to race clear in first place building a resounding 4.5 second lead by the tenth lap and continued to increase the gap throughout the race. Maini’s Jenzer teammate Alessio Lorandi, claimed third place after yet another great drive.

Arjun, delighted at his victory and the joy of having the Indian national anthem being played in his recognition, was modest in his personal analysis of the race, sharing, “I started under pressure as it was essential for me to get to the front from the beginning. My desired lead came from the first corner, followed by a nerve-racking first five laps with Boccolacci on my tail and his attempts to overtake me multiple times while we were in the DRS Zone. Once I broke away from the DRS zone I was able to focus on my pace and started to build the gap. It was the most amazing feeling as I crossed the finish line and it started to sink in that I had my first race win in GP3.

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