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Maiden podium finish for Armaan



Armaan Ebrahim.

Chennai: Indian racer Armaan Ebrahim clinched his first ever podium finish in the FIA Formula Two championship by finishing third in Race One at Circuit de Valencia, Spain, on Saturday. In doing so, Armaan became the first Asian driver to get on the podium in Formula Two.

The JK Racing driver's previous best performances in the championship were fifth place finishes at Monza, Italy, and Zolder, Belgium, in back-to-back races earlier this season.

Armaan, who had qualified third on the grid, began the race well, passing Frenchman Benjamin Lariche into second place on the first corner. In attempting to overtake leader Nicola de Marco, Armaan spun off onto the grass, and got back on track in third behind British driver Will Bratt.

After fighting off Lariche and Austrian Philipp Eng for most of the race, Armaan rode home in third.

Sunday, the final day of the season, will see Armaan competing in Qualifying Two and Race Two. Ahead of Race Two, Armaan is ninth in the standings with 72 points.

Britain's Dean Stoneman, who finished ninth in Race One, clinched the 2010 Formula Two title, his tally of 269 points 27 ahead of compatriot Joylon Palmer.

“Qualifying was good and I had a good car,” said Armaan, after the race. “(Achieving) P3 was really morale-boosting and it was up to me to convert the same in the race.”

After spinning out following the failed overtaking move, Armaan said that the car “was a handful for the next three laps, and by this time the two leaders had pulled away. From there on I had to hold on to my position in third and I did it quite comfortably.

“I look forward to the race tomorrow and I feel really proud to have put India on a Formula Two podium.”

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