Tom Blomqvist took his fifth FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory of the season but the star of the show was Max Verstappen as he kept his own outside chance of the championship alive with a stunning drive from eleventh to second.
Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver Blomqvist lead championship leader Esteban Ocon at the start and pulled away from the Prema Powerteam driver, before losing the advantage when the safety car was deployed to clear up Alexander Toril’s ThreeBond with T-Sport car that crashed at Piratella.
However, the Briton controlled the restart superbly and pulled away to win the race by 4.263s as those behind him battled for position.
Van Amersfoort Racing driver Verstappen had climbed up to sixth by the time of the safety car, and then overtook Nicholas Latifi for fifth and swept around the outside of Ocon for fourth, before inheriting third when Antonio Fuoco was forced to pit.
He then set off after Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin and caught the Italian with a couple of laps to go, and Verstappen out-dragged Giovinazzi to the finish line to snatch second place.
Ocon finished fourth ahead of Lucas Auer of Mücke Motorsport, who passed Latifi around the outside of Tamburello, with the Canadian being forced to settle for sixth.
Jake Dennis claimed seventh for Carlin ahead of Felix Serralles of Team West-Tec F3, while Felix Rosenqvist was ninth for Mücke Motorsport ahead of Gustavo Menezes of Van Amersfoort Racing.
Imola Race 2 Result
|1||Tom Blomqvist||SWE||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||35m13.491s|
|2||Max Verstappen||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+4.263s|
|3||Antonio Giovinazzi||ITA||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+4.282s|
|4||Esteban Ocon||FRA||Prema Powerteam||+7.743s|
|5||Lucas Auer||AUT||Mücke Motorsport||+10.029s|
|6||Nicholas Latifi||CAN||Prema Powerteam||+12.497s|
|8||Felix Serralles||PUE||Team West-Tec F3||+17.388s|
|9||Felix Rosenqvist||SWE||Mücke Motorsport||+19.089s|
|10||Gustavo Menezes||USA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+19.746s|
|11||Dennis van de Laar||NED||Prema Powerteam||+22.246s|
|12||Nick Cassidy||NZL||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+23.867s|
|14||Tatiana Calderon||COL||Jo Zeller Racing||+26.979s|
|15||Jules Szymkowiak||NED||Van Amersfoort Racing||+32.283s|
|16||Sean Galael||INO||Jagonya Ayam with Carlin||+32.689s|
|18||Richard Goddard||AUS||ThreeBond with T-Sport||+35.384s|
|20||Sergio Matte Camara||BRZ||EuroInternational||+37.902s|
|21||Roy Nissany||ISR||Mücke Motorsport||+37.932s|
|22||Andy Chang||CHN||Team West-Tec F3||+37.949s|
|23||Sandro Zeller||SWI||Jo Zeller Racing||+42.918s|
|24||Martin Cao||CHN||Fortec Motorsports||+43.106s|
|25||Antonio Fuoco||ITA||Prema Powerteam||+1 Lap|
|RET||William Buller||GBR||Signature||13 Laps|
|RET||Santino Ferrucci||USA||Fortec Motorsports||12 Laps|
|RET||Alexander Toril||ESP||ThreeBond with T-Sport||6 Laps|