Aussie motor race young guns rule in Sochi

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Australia's Oscar Piastri has boosted his lead in the F2 championship with a dominant win in Sochi.
Camera IconAustralia's Oscar Piastri has boosted his lead in the F2 championship with a dominant win in Sochi. Credit: AAP

Australian motor racing young guns Oscar Piastri and Jack Doohan have pulled off a winning double in Sochi, Russia.

Twenty-year-old Piastri boosted his lead in the F2 championship with a dominant victory on Sunday, further adding to his credentials for a Formula One spot just a season after he won the F3 championship.

His triumph came shortly after 18-year-old Doohan, already assured of being F3 championship runner-up, won the final race of that season.

Advance Australia Fair rang out at the Sochi podium celebrations in quick succession.

The two wins in a day came just a fortnight after Daniel Ricciardo and Piastri produced an Australian F1-F2 winning double at Monza.

Piastri now has a lengthy break before the final two rounds in his championship, at Jeddah in December 3-5 then Yas Island from December 10-12.

But he will take a lot of catching after he drove superbly from pole, holding off Theo Pourchaire by 1.9 seconds to claim his third win.

Piastri leads China's Guanyu Zhou by 36 points (178-142) with his PREMA Racing teammate, Russian Robert Shwarzman, third on 135 points.

"That was probably one of the hardest races of my life," said Piastri, who is bidding to become just the third driver to win the F2 and F3 titles at his first attempt.

"Another feature race win - two in a row. I am very happy with that, it was a very tough race with no safety cars. Theo was pushing me the whole way."

Earlier, pleas not to battle too fiercely with his teammate were ringing in Doohan's ears as he claimed a hard-fought victory on the final day of the F3 season.

Championship runner-up Doohan and Frenchman Clement Novalak duelled at the front for much of the race, as their team fretted that a mishap could cost them the teams championship title.

Neither was prepared to yield as Novalak twice passed leader Doohan but only briefly.

And all worked out well as Doohan's win, with Novalak third, was enough for Trident to overtake championship winner Dennis Hauger's PREMA team on the teams standings and claim that title.

Ever polite, 18-year-old Doohan was making no apologies for not backing off from Novalak's challenge after securing his fourth win of his outstanding season as he prepares for an expected move up to Formula 2 in 2022.

"In the end I am a racing driver and I want to win," said Doohan.

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