Marvin Dienst, having shown quick pace all weekend made an excellent start from third to take the lead into the first corner. Allowing him to go on and win after being closely chased by Ralf Aron, while Mattia Drudi rounded out the podium. Meanwhile, a stunning drive from Mick Schumacher meant he finished 9th and the top rookie.
Janneau Esmeijer started on pole for the 30 minute race, ahead of Joey Mawson. But both struggled as Mawson almost stalled, pushing him down the order, while the pole sitter was swamped by the fast starting Dienst and Aron. A crash into the first corner saw Toni Wolf being launched over the kerb, into team mate Cedric Piro, meanwhile the top rookie from Qualifying; Guanyu Zhou stalled, ruining his race. A safety car was called while the mess was cleared.
As the field was released from the safety car, Dienst lead from Aron, Esmeijer, Michael Walderr and Drudi. While Schumacher, who had started nineteenth was up to fifteenth. The clear track did not last long and only 2 minutes later, Benjamin Mazatis spun into the gravel prompting a second safety car, while, Leon Wippersteg spun in a separate incident further round the track.
At the second restart with 16 minutes to go, Esmeijer, who had already dropped to fifth, fell further as he went wide in the final sector falling to the back. This allowed Dienst and Aron to pull away from Drudi in third.
It became clear the stewards were being cautious as a third safety car was called for Robert Schwartzman, who ran wide and got beached in the gravel, far from the track. Schumacher and Tim Zimmermann had gained 10 and 12 places off the grid respectively, but it was Harrison Newey who flew past them both when the lights went green, claiming 8th place, while Joel Eriksson claimed fourth from Walderr.
The Neuhauser Racing cars had started to battle amongst themselves, this didn’t end well for one of them as Kim-Luis Schramm broke the front wing on the kerb losing the opportunity for points. With 4 minutes to go, Esmeijer decided to retire after making no progress, while Aron set the fastest lap.
He was unable to catch Dienst however; who pulled out a gap on the final lap to win by 0.9 seconds from Aron and Drudi. After battling through, Schumacher finished ninth meaning he was the top rookie after an impressive drive.
Oschersleben Race 1 Result
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