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‘Holy moly’: Liam Lawson wins Formula 2 ‘survival race’ in Saudi Arabia

Kiwi driver Liam Lawson, right, won the Formula 2 sprint race in Saudi Arabia.

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Kiwi driver Liam Lawson, right, won the Formula 2 sprint race in Saudi Arabia.

New Zealander Liam Lawson continued his strong start to the Formula 2 season, claiming victory in the sprint race in Saudi Arabia on Sunday (New Zealand time).

The 20-year-old rising star, who has one foot in F1’s door after securing a test drive in December, made it a third podium in three starts by winning in what he described as a ” survival race” in Jeddah.

After finishing third and second in last weekend’s season opener in Bahrain, Lawson picked up a second career victory in his second season in F2, having finished ninth in his debut campaign last year. last.

Liam Lawson, pictured while training on Jeddah's Corniche Circuit.

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Liam Lawson, pictured while training on Jeddah’s Corniche Circuit.

It was not without drama, as, dubbed the fastest street circuit ever in motorsport, the narrow, twisty track that produced plenty of action on F1’s debut last year, has many again offered several thrills and thrills.

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In a race with three safety car restarts, Lawson, this season driving for Team Carlin, kept his composure to avoid carnage, surging to take the lead from Jake Hughes in the closing stages.

“It was a survival race…Holy Moly,” he told team radio, before a candid assessment ahead of the podium ceremony.

“To be honest, the first 70% were still alive.”

Fellow Kiwi Marcus Armstrong was one of four riders who did not finish, unable to restart after a spin.

Lawson is now leading the competition standings heading into Monday’s (NZT) headline race.