Mawson stays in title fight after Race Three Win

by Connor Jackson

Joey Mawson won his fourth race of the year around Oschersleben to keep his championship hopes alive going into the final round. The race had initially been delayed by almost two hours as the barrier needed to be repaired.

Jannes Fittje started on pole and made a good start, but cold tyres meant that he was unable to brake in time for the first corner. He ran wide and dropped to fourth, holding up the pack behind.

Mawson, who had started fourth after a poor race one, made the most of the others’ misfortunes and worked his way into the lead at the end of the first sector. Behind him, Tim Zimmermann took second.

The two front runners remained largely unchallenged for much of the race and would comfortably finish ahead of the chasing pack.

Marek Bockmann was the third driver to break away at the start and like the two in front was unchallenged at the start. However; he would have to work for his podium as Marvin Dienst caught up in the closing laps. A mistake from the championship leader with two minutes to go, would give Bockmann the space he needed to claim his first podium of the season.

Dienst had made a clean start and would quickly move into fifth, but he would find himself stuck behind Fittje for much of the race, before lunging into turn one. His fourth place ends his run of nine consecutive podiums.

Fittje meanwhile struggled in the second half, with Mick Schumacher eventually shunting the young driver, both had to retire from their promising positions, promoting the field behind.

Robert Shwartzman held off Janneau Esmeijer to take fifth and narrowly extend his gap over the Dutch driver in the championship. Esmeijer had started in the midfield after his poor race one, but was competitive towards the end, making his way past Joel Eriksson in an opportunistic move at Turn One.

The move was bad for Eriksson who fell three places as a result. Having got stuck behind Shwartzman early on, the Swede could do nothing as championship rivals Mawson and Dienst drove off down the road. He would eventually finish ninth.

The two other drivers who’d made the most of the Motopark drivers lack of concentration were Mike Ortmann and Michael Waldherr, with Ortmann coming home as top rookie after Schumacher was forced to retire. Cedric Piro collected the final point.

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