Eriksson Wins Race 4 at Austria


Joel Eriksson managed to lead from start to finish to help his championship challenge while Ralf Aron finished second in order to take the points lead with Guan Yu Zhou picking up the final podium place and the top rookie award. An early accident for Mick Schumacher ruined his race.

At the start, Eriksson managed to make a good start, however; ran wide in the first corner in order to keep his position. On the run up to the hairpin he was challenged on both sides by Zhou and Aron as the Estonian took second with Eriksson keeping his lead.

On the grid, championship leader Marvin Dienst‘s weekend got worse. After starting from the midfield he – and two others – stalled their cars. He managed to get going eventually however, albeit at the back of the grid.

The safety car made an early appearance however with Mick Schumacher misjudging the braking into the hairpin resulting in the young German smashing into the back of two cars. Meanwhile, team mate Joey Mawson had made his way into sixth behind Michael Waldherr in fourth and Tim Zimmermann in fifth.

After the safety car period, the cars had 23 minutes remaining with Eriksson managing to hold off the challenge. However; Zimmermann would soon lose to Mawson into the first corner, the battle resulted in a group of six cars battling for fifth which saw Mawson drop to ninth.

A crash into turn 3 brought out the second safety car of the race. Towards the back of the pack, Nikolaj Rogivue collided with Jan Jonck resulting in the latter being needed to be removed from the barrier.

At the restart, further incidents saw Jannes Fittje and Mauro Auricchio retiring as Mawson continued to drop positions, down to eleventh. Meanwhile at the front the top 3 broke away as the Prema Powersport drivers continued to catch Eriksson.

While further battles in the points saw Janneau Esmeijer lose out to Robert Schwartzmann for sixth, resulting in pressure from David Beckmann and Mattia Drudi behind.

At the finish it was a convincing win for Eriksson ahead of Aron and Zhou, with Walderr and Zimmermann applying pressure until the end as Schwartzmann came home a lonely sixth. The result allows Aron to take the lead of the drivers championship.