The 2020 Formulation Renault Eurocup champion, who had been runner-up twice in his maiden season of F3, scored his debut win in a dramatic race as title rivals Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan completed outdoors the factors following incidents within the final two laps.
From fifth on the grid, having completed race one in eighth, MP Motorsport driver Martins labored his method to the lead by lap 16 of 24 by passing fellow Frenchman Clement Novalak, who completed second as Frederik Vesti accomplished the rostrum for ART Grand Prix.
Martins’ team-mate Caio Collet took fourth, with David Schumacher in fifth for Trident and Prema Racing’s Olli Caldwell in sixth.
Trident driver Novalak had taken the lead from pole starter Ido Cohen (Carlin) by Flip 1, main the two-wide pack in a chaotic exit from the banking at Flip 3 earlier than Johnathan Hoggard took a visit by the gravel.
The security automobile was deployed on lap three when Lorenzo Colombo (Campos) suffered a left-rear puncture after contact with Hunter Yeany in Flip 1.
Racing resumed on lap six, and Martins quickly took benefit of Cohen and Vesti’s battle for second to comb up the within of the Dane at Flip 3.
A DRS prepare had shaped by lap 9, with Cohen at one level closing to inside 0.7s of Novalak earlier than falling again once more.
By the midway level, Vesti was proper on the gearbox of Martins, whereas Novalak broke the one-second DRS window to Cohen and had constructed a 1.3s buffer.
Roman Stanek, Hitech Grand Prix, Ido Cohen, Carlin Buzz Racing and Oliver Rasmussen, HWA Racelab initially
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Martins ultimately gained the momentum to cross Cohen with the assistance of DRS on the start-finish straight on lap 14, Vesti following him by one lap later in an nearly carbon-copy of Martins’ earlier transfer.
Martins took simply two laps to cross Novalak across the outdoors of Flip 1 and was by no means headed thereafter, surviving a security automobile restart with two laps to go necessitated by Amaury Cordeel beaching his Campus automobile within the Flip 1 gravel.
Earlier than the interruption, factors chief Hauger had cleared team-mate Caldwell for fifth, and made brief work of Cohen to seize fourth.
However on the restart, Cohen made contact with Hauger into the Flip 3 banking, inflicting Hauger to undergo a right-rear puncture and plunge down the order.
On a dramatic last lap, Schumacher handed Caldwell for fifth, earlier than Doohan went off the highway and dropped from ninth to 18th.