Lights-to-flag domination for Stroll as Eriksson clinches rookie crown


Lance Stroll - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

It was a more straightforward race two for Lance Stroll at the Hockenheimring as he secured his thirteenth victory of his championship-winning season as he led from start-to-finish.

Having battled hard with Prema Powerteam team-mate Maximilian Günther in race one, there was no real challenge from behind, and after leading the first lap by more than 1.5 seconds, was able to control the race from the front.

A sluggish start from fellow front row starter Jake Hughes gave Stroll the jump on the field, with Sergio Sette Câmara initially slotting into second only to be penalised with a drive-through penalty after being adjudged to have jumped the start.

With Sette Câmara out of the way, his Motopark team-mate Joel Eriksson moved into second, with the result confirming him as the rookie champion for 2016.

Eriksson was shadowed throughout the race by Van Amersfoort Racing’s Callum Ilott, with the duo finishing 1.351 seconds apart at the chequered flag, although both were almost five seconds adrift of the race winner who commanded the race with aplomb and relative ease.

David Beckmann advanced four places on his starting position to take fourth for Mücke Motorsport, with Hughes taking fifth for Carlin after recovering from his bad start.

Ralf Aron was sixth for Prema Powerteam ahead of the battle between Hitech GP’s George Russell and Anthoine Hubert and Van Amersfoort Racing, with the former clinching third place in the championship standings as a result as his main rival Nick Cassidy retired early following a clash with Alexander Sims.

Following his earlier podium in race one, Günther could only finish ninth for Prema Powerteam, while Ben Barnicoat completed the top ten for Hitech GP.

Hockenheimring Race 2 Result

POSNO.DRIVERNATTEAMTIME
11Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam35:50.860
222Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+4.727
36Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+6.078
48David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport+6.793
518Jake HughesGBRCarlin+7.466
616Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam+12.314
712George RussellGBRHitech GP+14.881
821Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+15.601
917Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+18.006
1024Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP+24.546
1111Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP+25.423
1225Alexander SimsGBRHitech GP+25.887
1310Niko KariFINMotopark+26.697
1423Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+30.402
159Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+31.325
167Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+35.049
174Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+35.673
185Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+38.581
1920Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+38.846
2014Wing Chung ChangMACThreeBond with T-Sport+1:04.448
21/RET3Daniel TicktumGBRCarlin+2 Laps
RET2Nick CassidyNZLPrema PowerteamRetired