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Bortolotti Does The Double At The Nurburgring

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Mirko Bortolotti completed his perfect weekend in the FIA Formula Two Championship at the Nurburgring by winning the second race of the weekend.

After winning Saturday's Race 1 from pole position and claiming the fastest lap, the Italian repeated that feat in Race 2.

Bortolotti kept hold of his lead at the start, with Will Bratt moving up into second place ahead of Tobias Hegewald.

Johannes Theobald had started fourth and although the German kept his position at the start he did not have the pace to keep up with the leading trio. He would eventually be passed by Christopher Zanella, with Alex Brundle the next man to try and get past.

A late move from Brundle on Theobald at the chicane tipped the latter into the air. After rolling twice his car came to rest, bringing out the safety car. Theobald escaped unharmed from the incident.

Bratt initially stayed with Bortolotti after the restart but could not find a way through. Bortolotti opened up a four second gap to the Briton before crossing the finish line after 20 laps.

“It’s been a really fantastic weekend and I’m very happy,” said Bortolotti. “In the second race I got a good start and began pushing a lot. I knew it was going to be tight though and that Bratt might try to use his boost on the long straight but he never came close enough.

“I tried to save some of my boost for the end and then after the safety car I got my rhythm back and got the win which I’m very happy about.”

Johannes Theobald's strong weekend at his home race ended with this roll. Photo Credit: FIA Formula Two Championship

Bratt said: The last couple of weekends have been a good confidence boost for me but it’s also what I expected. Having said that, it’s nice to have the good results. A few things went wrong yesterday so it’s good to get the results today. I’m really looking forward to the next rounds at Brands Hatch which will be my home event and hopefully I can get a couple of wins.”

Zanella put Hegewald under pressure and eventually took third place from the German on lap 17. Hegewald held onto fourth just ahead of Brundle, with Mikkel Mac in sixth.

Miki Monras beat Jack Clarke to seventh place on the last lap, with Jordan King and Ramon Pineiro completing the top ten.

Bortolotti's dominant weekend moves him 22 points clear of Zanella at the head of the standings. The next round of the season takes place at Brands Hatch on 23rd/24th July.

1. Mirko Bortolotti, 20 Laps
2. Will Bratt, +4.140s
3. Christopher Zanella, +8.265
4. Tobias Hegewald, +10.878s
5. Alex Brundle, +11.494s
6. Mikkel Mac, +11.902s
7. Miki Monras, +13.264s
8. Jack Clarke, +13.607s
9. Jordan King, +15.153s
10. Ramon Pineiro, +15.485s

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