“FIA F3: Lynn takes commanding win at Norisring”

© FIA.
© FIA.

Alex Lynn claimed his second FIA European Formula 3 victory of the season in stellar style at the Norisring this evening.

The Englishman jumped the slow starting poleman Raffaele Marciello off the line, with the Italian dropping to 5th on the opening tour.

From there Lynn kept a small, but confident lead ranging from six-tenths to 2.6s, while battle raged in his mirrors.

The Prema Powerteam racer also managed to keep a cool, while dealing with lapped traffic through the final eight laps of the race.

Behind Lynn, Felix Rosenqvist rose to 2nd, while Alexander Sims and Pipo Derani captured 3rd and 4th respectively.
Marciello divebombed Derani on the fourth tour to earn 4th, bringing him into a battle with the Rosenqvist / Sims pairing. For lap after lap, Sims and Marciello swapped fastest laps as Rosenqvist – running on used tyres – fought off the rearguard action.

Despite his lack of time in his T-Sport Nissan machine, Sims bravely held Marciello’s advances at bay, until lap 34, when a mistake in the opening hairpin allowed the series leader through into 3rd.
Rosenqvist was also suffering from a lack of grip at this point and indeed overshot the turn one hairpin just prior to Sims’ error; however the Swede was not to be displaced.
It may all mean naught for Rosenqvist’s title ambitions however. The Mucke racer was competing under appeal following an irregularity with his fuel in qualifying – until a final decision is made, Marciello assumes 2nd and Sims 3rd place.

Derani gradually fell behind the leading group as the race aged. The Brazilian spent the duration fighting off teammate Felix Serralles, yet despite the Puerto Rican’s finest efforts, Derani would be unmoved.
Tom Blomqvist took 7th on the road thanks to a lap eight move on Harry Tincknell, while Jordan King made progress beyond Nick Cassidy late on to assume 9th on the road. Cassidy also fell behind Michael Lewis on the penultimate tour to take 10th; however Rosenqvist’s exclusion keeps Cassidy in the top ten.

Neither Cassidy nor 12th place racer Daniil Kvyat are registered for championship points, so Lucas Auer assumes the final prize, despite a horror start that dropped him to 20th place.

FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 6, race 2, Norisring; 42 laps) 
Pos  Driver              Team/Car                           Time/Gap
 1.  Alex Lynn           Prema Dallara-Merc               34m22.297s
DSQ. Felix Rosenqvist    Mucke Dallara-Merc                  +1.257s*
 2.  Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc                  +2.355s
 3.  Alexander Sims      T-Sport Dallara-Nissan              +3.258s
 4.  Pipo Derani         Fortec Dallara-Merc                +11.396s
 5.  Felix Serralles     Fortec Dallara-Merc                +12.271s
 6.  Tom Blomqvist       Eurointernational Dallara-Merc     +12.672s
 7.  Harry Tincknell     Carlin Dallara-VW                  +13.647s
 8.  Jordan King         Carlin Dallara-VW                  +19.545s
 9.  Michael Lewis       Mucke Dallara-Merc                 +20.098s
10.  Nick Cassidy        Eurointernational Dallara-Merc     +21.008s
11.  Daniil Kvyat        Carlin Dallara-VW                  +21.327s
12.  Lucas Auer          Prema Dallara-Merc                 +25.377s
13.  Lucas Wolf          URD Dallara-Merc                   +27.685s
14.  Roy Nissany         Mucke Dallara-Merc                 +34.228s
15.  Eddie Cheever       Prema Dallara-Merc                 +36.076s
16.  Sven Muller         Ma-con Dallara-VW                  +36.792s
17.  Dennis van de Laar  Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW          +41.601s
18.  Nicholas Latifi     Carlin Dallara-VW                  +44.460s
19.  Andre Rudersdorf    Ma-con Dallara-VW                  +44.616s
20.  Sean Gelael         Double R Dallara-Merc              +44.702s
21.  Mitchell Gilbert    Mucke Dallara-Merc                 +46.229s
22.  Antonio Giovinazzi  Double R Dallara-Merc                +1 lap
23.  Spike Goddard       T-Sport Dallara-Nissan               +1 lap
24.  Sandro Zeller       Zeller Dallara-Merc                  +1 lap
25.  Tatiana Calderon    Double R Dallara-Merc                +1 lap
26.  Jann Mardenborough  Carlin Dallara-VW                    +1 lap
27.  Michela Cerruti     Ferraris Dallara-Merc               +2 laps

*Rosenqvist racing under appeal following exclusion from qualifying for fuel irregularities.

FIA European F3 Championship (Rd 6, Race 2)
Pos Driver              Points
 1. Raffaele Marciello   282.5
 2. Felix Rosenqvist     212
 4. Alex Lynn            176.5
 3. Lucas Auer           166
 5. Harry Tincknell      146
 6. Tom Blomqvist        114.5
 7. Felix Serralles      103
 8. Jordan King           80
 9. Sven Muller           60
10. Josh Hill             56

Pos Team                Points
 1. Prema Powerteam      436
 2. Mucke Motorsport     302
 3. Carlin               277
 4. Fortec               150
 5. EuroInternational    137

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