Eriksson beats Mawson in Close Second Race


Joel Eriksson claimed another victory at the Lausitzring to help him extend his gap at the top of the championship. After starting third, he capitalized on the situation to help his chances after being excluded from race one.

Marvin Dienst started on pole, as he had for the first race alongside, race one winner, Joey Mawson. The four drivers who had been excluded for race one were allowed to race. Mick Schumacher, one of those affected, would start nineteenth.

However; Dienst would struggle to get away, dropping quickly down the order and settling in twelfth by the end of the second lap. Eriksson, starting third, had to take avoiding action, but managed to slot into second behind Mawson.

Limited space saw a number of cars cut turns four and five, deciding to run across the grass as most of the pack made it through. While further round, Schumacher got onto the dirty side of the track and ran off through the gravel, while race three pole sitter, Jason Kremer was forced to pull into the pits with a flat rear left.

By the end of the second lap, Eriksson had caught Mawson, while third placed Janneau Esmeijer was already 2 seconds behind, with the rest of the field catching. But it seemed a change for the lead was inevitable with Eriksson looking for space. None came however and the Swede settled down in second.

Further back, Jannes Fittje had a queue of cars behind him in ninth. A mistake saw him fall back allowing Dienst and Cedric Piro to take ninth and tenth.

David Beckmann had made his way up to fourth but had to retire after breaking his suspension on the outside wall of the final turn, he limped back to the pits. While further back, a terrible weekend for Robin Brezina continued after he collided with Moritz Muller-Crepon, both retired.

With 10 minutes to go, Robert Schwartzmann made his way past Esmeijer for third with Mike Ortmann setting himself up behind. This was halted though, as a safety car was called for Glenn Rupp who was hit into the grass at turn 7.

Eriksson took the initiative on the restart and managed to finally take the lead, pushing Mawson back, but another safety car was soon deployed as Michelle Halder was punted off. The race finished in neutral conditions with Eriksson claiming his fifth win of the year ahead of Mawson and Schwartzmann.

Behind them was Esmeijer, Ortmann, the top rookie, from the recovering Dienst with Tim Zimmermann in seventh. Michael Waldherr would claim eighth after an excellent drive saw him gain 25 places throughout the race.