Mawson Extends Advantage at Sachsenring Weekend Finale


Another excellent weekend from Joey Mawson saw him collect three more podiums, meaning he leaves the Sachsenring weekend with 126 points. Despite starting the reverse grid race from seventh, an excellent run saw him work his way up to the front in a race that ended under safety car.

All of the front runners made a clean start, but having lost the lead to Kami Laliberte, polesitter Jonathan Aberdein tapped his rival almost spinning him. Laliberte recovered the car but found himself dropping down the order rapidly, unable to keep up with the leaders.

The clean start didn’t start long as a safety car was later called as Simo Laaksonen lead the field away in front of Aberdein, but the South African was caught in further trouble. He ran wide at the first corner before being edged onto the grass by Nicklas Nielsen.

Aberdein fell to fifth as Prema Powerteam’s rookie, Juan Manuel Correa and the quick starting Mawson inherited his positions. With the Motopark driver unable to keep up, the top 4 broke away with Aberdein holding up Mick Schumacher and the consistent Jannes Fittje behind.

Mawson wasn’t prepared to settle for fourth as he quickly promoted himself passed Correa, a podium in every race was still on the cards.

Further back, Laliberte got into a tight situation with Juri Vips. Two into one didn’t work and the resulting collision, forced Vips into the gravel and breaking his suspension. A second safety car was inevitably called as the field bunched up once again with Laaksonen still leading.

The championship contenders were the two making the most progress on the restart as Mawson disposed of second place Neilsen, while Schumacher went around the outside of his Prema team-mate Correa, before hounding the now helpless Nielsen.

Despite being given the same machine as Schumacher, Correa found himself in trouble as Fittje took the inside line into the first corner. He broke too late though, and slid into the side of Correa before beaching himself in the gravel, bringing out the safety car, yet again.

Mawson had narrowly taken lead before the race was neutralised to the joy of the van Amersfoort Racing crew, while another failed restart saw Carrie Schreiner and Jan-Erik Meikup hit each other, meaning the race was muted in its finish.

Mawson’s victory ensures he’s continues his record of finishing on the podium in every race during the weekend, while Laaksonen will be happy to have taken his first podium of the year.

Nielsen completed a unique podium, also taking the rookie victory after holding off Schumacher and Kim-Luis Schramm. Behind them Correa took sixth with race one and two winner, Mike Ortmann taking seventh ahead of Aberdein.