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Pommer Wins Second F2 Race In Paul Ricard

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Markus Pommer - Photo Credit: Formula Two

Markus Pommer secured his second race win of the FIA Formula Two Championship season with a lights-to-flag victory in Sunday's race at Paul Ricard.

The German retained his lead away from pole position, ahead of Saturday victor Matheo Tuscher.

While Tuscher never let Pommer escape, he was never close enough to threaten him either. 1.2 seconds separated them at the checkered flag.

“The win feels really good,” said Pommer afterwards. “Everything went well. The car felt good and so was my start. The tyres were great too and it was a fantastic race.

“Tuscher was quicker than me on the opening few laps but then I was able to pull out a gap and I just drove really smoothly until the end of the race. It’s a great result for my championship and although I don’t think I can challenge for P1, hopefully I can now fight for second place.”

15-year-old Tuscher was delighted to add second place to his win from the first race and boost his championship standing.

“This has been my best weekend in Formula Two so I’m pretty happy,” said the Franco-Swiss driver. “We didn’t have the best race set-up and I thought it would be really difficult to beat Markus.

“I don’t think we had the pace to catch him as he was much quicker than me during the middle of the race. I also had a traction problem but it was still ok in the end and I’m really happy for this weekend and I would like to thank everyone for their support.”

Kevin Mirocha got the jump on Christopher Zanella at the start to take third place, but Zanella fought back at the chicane later in the race to claim the final podium spot, two seconds behind the winner.

“Third place was ok but I got a bad start and lost a position to Mirocha,” said Zanella. “Halfway through the race I was able to overtake him again but then I got a lot of vibration from the tyre and the car became difficult for me to drive.

“I think my title shot is over but I will try to give every race my best and we will see at the end of the year. I think it is still possible at the moment but we will see.”

Mirocha fell into the clutches of points leader Luciano Bacheta, but held on to fourth ahead of the Brit.

Dino Zamparelli had started in fifth place but a poor getaway saw him fall behind both Bacheta and Mihai Marinescu. The Bristol man fought back though to regain sixth from the Romanian. Daniel McKenzie came through to eighth after a poor qualifying, getting ahead of an impressive Plamen Kralev who held Axcil Jefferies at bay to take ninth and his first points of the season.

Bacheta's lead over Tuscher stands at 32.5 points, with Zanella a further 14 behind and Pommer up to fourth in front of Marinescu and just three points away from Zanella. The series goes on a six week break now before visiting the Hungaroring on 7-9 September.

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