Carlin Buzz Racing’s Logan Sargeant took a fantastic third place in his debut at the 66th running of the FIA Formula Three World Cup Race in Macau.
After showing great pace in the opening sessions of the annual event, the American driver placed 6th in Saturday’s qualifying race, securing his impressive position on the grid for the Sunday’s race.
Gaining a place off the line, the rookie escaped undamaged from the first lap drama which led to the retirement of Prema Racing’s Robert Shwartzman. An incident for Ferdinand Habsburg brought out the safety car, however the FIA F3 driver handled the restart expertly. With DRS re- enabled, Sargeant continued his charge, taking P4 from Alessio Lorandi of Trident Motorsport and releasing him to hunt down the podium positions. Sargeant’s stunning pace continued, and with 6 laps to go he made an impressive move on Lungaard, taking third place from the Danish driver.
Sargeant kept pushing throughout the final laps, finishing 1:540s behind winner Richard Verschoor.
Sargeant said of his podium “The 66th Macau Grand Prix did not disappoint! I loved every minute driving this track and working with the Carlin boys. It has been a pleasure and I can’t wait to do it again!”.
Double Macau victor Dan Ticktum pulled off a strong recovery drive, finishing in P13 after starting from the back of the grid. He added “The pace in myself and the car was definitely enough to fight for the win this weekend but it just wasn’t meant to be. I cannot thank Carlin Racing enough for the opportunity to drive at this amazing place again, and also for the amount of work the mechanics had to do to keep fixing the car after unfortunate incidents. I’ve had good luck, back luck and make your own luck over the last few years at Macau, but this one was just very unlucky. I hope to be back next year to try for that 3rd win again.”
Brazilian rookie, Felipe Drugovich, finished in P24.