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Beganovic wins the Feature Race, with Mansell scoring a point

Phil Branagan
Sunday, 24 March 2024

The PREMA Racing driver claimed the victory in a chaotic Formula 3® race.

Dino Beganovic has taken a telling win in the Formula 3® Feature race at the FORMULA 1 ROLEX AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX 2024 at Albert Park.

The Swedish driver bided his time in the 23-lap race, taking the lead from pole sitter Leonardo Fornaroli and setting a pace that would keep him in the lead without hurting his tyres. Over the final two laps Beganovic and his Prema entry sped away, eventually winning by just under a second.


The Italy-based Prema team also took third place, with Gabriele Mini holding out Williams Junior driver Luke Browning to take the final step on the podium.

The race was one of tyre management and speed. A number of teams took a cautious approach to the long race, concerned about the wear of Pirelli’s latest Medium compound tyre. Even an early-race Safety Car period did not allay those concerns.

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That Safety Car was triggered by an opening-lap clash between Australian driver Tommy Smith and Joseph Loake, which resulted in both drivers retiring on the spot.

Fifth was an excellent result for a rookie driver with a famous name. Austrian Charlie Wurz, son of former F1® driver Alex Wurz, kept a calm head and emerged from a big battle with another son, Sebastian Montoya, son of GP winner Juan Pablo Montoya.

After an early clash dropped him back early in the race, the other Australian driver in the race, Christian Mansell, finished in 10th place, the same position as his result in Saturday’s Sprint race.

The results mean that Browning and Fornaroli are now tied for the series points lead on 37 points. Mini is third on 32, ahead of Beganovic on 28. Mansell is the best-placed Australian driver on 20, in seventh place.

The next round of the series will be at Imola in Italy in May.