Auer holds off Blomqvist for Race 3 win at the Nurburgring


Lucas Auer took his second victory of the season and only the third of the year for Mücke Motorsport in race three of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship event at the Nurburgring.

The Austrian made a good move to take the lead from Tom Blomqvist on the first lap after the safety car period came to an end, and held off the British racer’s stern challenge until the end of the race.

Max Verstappen claimed the final spot on the podium for Van Amersfoort Racing after finally getting past Prema Powerteam driver Antonio Fuoco after an almost race long battle. It was even sweeter for the Dutch driver after being forced to start twelfth after incurring a grid penalty for an engine change.

The safety car was introduced after a first corner accident that eliminated race two winner Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, championship leader Esteban Ocon, and Ocon’s Prema Powerteam team-mates Nicholas Latifi and Dennis van de Laar.

After four laps behind the safety car, Auer got a good run on Blomqvist down the pit straight on the restart, and then made the move stick as he ran alongside the Briton around turns two and three and into turn four. Blomqvist passed Auer once into turn one but ran too wide and the Austrian re-took that place and was never headed again.

Verstappen pulled away from Fuoco once he managed to find a way past, once again into turn one, while the Italian had to hold off the advances of Briton Jordan King of Carlin, who ultimately was forced to settle for fifth.

Roy Nissany snatched sixth place on the final lap for Mücke Motorsport, getting ahead of the Team West-Tec F3 machine of Felix Serralles, while Tatiana Calderon scored her second top ten result of the day in eighth for Jo Zeller Racing.

Jake Dennis scored his first points of the weekend in ninth place for Carlin, as did Jules Szymkowiak in tenth for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Felix Rosenqvist was another high profile casualty during the race, losing his first front wing at the first corner on the first lap, and then having climbed to the end of the battle for sixth, albeit down in thirteenth, was forced off the road by the ThreeBond with T-Sport machine of Richard Goddard, and then clipped the back of the Australian’s car breaking his second front wing. The Mücke Motorsport driver was forced to retire, while Goddard earned a drive through penalty for forcing the Swede off the road.

Nurburgring Race 3 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Lucas Auer AUT Mücke Motorsport 35m28.675s
2 Tom Blomqvist GBR Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +0.476s
3 Max Verstappen NED Van Amersfoort Racing +3.623s
4 Antonio Fuoco ITA Prema Powerteam +4.945s
5 Jordan King GBR Carlin +5.238s
6 Roy Nissany ISR Mücke Motorsport +17.415s
7 Felix Serralles PUE Team West-Tec F3 +18.599s
8 Tatiana Calderon COL Jo Zeller Racing +19.434s
9 Jake Dennis GBR Carlin +20.175s
10 Jules Szymkowiak NED Van Amersfoort Racing +20.770s
11 Sean Galael INO Jagonya Ayam with Carlin +21.295s
12 Alexander Toril ESP ThreeBond with T-Sport +23.088s
13 Gustavo Menezes USA Van Amersfoort Racing +26.453s
14 Santino Ferrucci USA EuroInternational +32.265s
15 Michele Beretta ITA EuroInternational +44.592s
16 Sandro Zeller SWI Jo Zeller Racing +45.316s
17 Richard Goddard AUS ThreeBond with T-Sport +57.428s
18 Wing Chung Chang MAC Team West-Tec F3 +1m01.300s
RET Felix Rosenqvist SWE Mücke Motorsport  19 Laps
RET Antonio Giovinazzi ITA Jagonya Ayam with Carlin 0 Laps
RET Esteban Ocon FRA Prema Powerteam 0 Laps
RET Nicholas Latifi CAN Prema Powerteam 0 Laps
RET Dennis van de Laar NED Prema Powerteam 0 Laps
DNS Ed Jones UAE Carlin 0 Laps