European Formula 3

Giovinazzi secures runners-up spot with race two victory

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Antonio Giovinazzi secured the runners-up spot in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship standings by taking his sixth victory of the season in race two at Hockenheim on Saturday.

The Italian racer converted his pole position into the win, holding off the challenge of Prema Powerteam duo Jake Dennis and Felix Rosenqvist.

Dennis attacked Giovinazzi heading into the first corner on the opening lap, but the Jagonya Ayam with Carlin driver ran off track and appeared to gain an advantage, although the stewards took no action.

Rosenqvist moved into second place ahead of Dennis after the second of two safety car periods to see if he could make a move on the race leader, but once it became clear Giovinazzi was on course for victory, Rosenqvist allowed his team-mate back ahead into second.

Despite moving back into second, Dennis is now unable to catch race winner Giovinazzi in the championship, but the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Briton is now third in the standings ahead of Charles Leclerc.

Maximilian Günther claimed his second fourth place finish of the day for Prema Powerteam, ahead of Alexander Sims of Hitech GP, who survived a brief off-track moment when he ran across the grass at turn one and became temporarily airborne.

Mücke Motorsport’s Mikkel Jensen finished sixth, just ahead of race one winner Lance Stroll, who had a much quieter race in the fourth of the Prema Powerteam entries, while Sergio Sette Camara took eighth for Motopark ahead of George Russell and Markus Pommer.

Leclerc could only finish eleventh for Van Amersfoort Racing, but claimed one championship point due to Sims being ineligible to score, but drops to fourth in the standings with only one race of the season remaining.

The first of the two safety cars was called on lap two when Alexander Albon spun his Signature entry into the turn one barriers while running inside the top five, while the second was caused by Nabil Jeffri, who broke the suspension of his Motopark machine against Tatiana Calderon’s Carlin at the hairpin.

Hockenheim Race 2 Result

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