Barbadian speedster Maloney strikes another F2 podium finish

By Lance Whittaker August 28, 2023
Zane Maloney Zane Maloney

Barbadian Zane Maloney sped to a second place finish in Sunday’s Zandvoort feature race as the FIA Formula 2 series moved to the Netherlands this past weekend.

The 19-year-old Maloney, who had been fifth in Saturday’s two-lap sprint race, started fourth on the grid and clocked a finishing time of 1:01:30.308, just over two seconds behind Frenchman Clement Novalak, who logged his maiden win in 1:01:36.125.

Jak Crawford of the USA was third in 1:01:38.650. Championship leader Theo Pourchaire, of France, spun off and did not finish the 38-lap feature.

Novalak kept himself out of trouble in a dramatic race while Maloney held Crawford at bay for the runner-up spot, managing his tyres to the end and keeping the polesitter Crawford behind him for his fourth podium of the season.

Maloney had third place finishes in Bahrain and Monaco and was second at Britain’s Silverstone.

Maloney is currently ninth in the championship standings on 96 points, the same as eighth placed Richard Verschoor of the Netherlands and they are 72 points off leader Pourchaire. Denmark’s Frederik Vesti (156), Japanese Ayumu Iwasa (134) and Australian Jack Doohan (130) are second, third, and fourth respectively heading into this weekend’s next stop in Monza, Italy, the penultimate event of the season.

Maloney’s Rodin Carlin are third in the team standings on 200 points, trailing leaders ART GP (290) and Prema Racing (258).

 

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