European Formula 3

Stroll leads home Prema clean sweep for maiden win

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Lance Stroll led home a Prema Powerteam 1-2-3-4 in race one at Hockenheim to secure his maiden FIA European Formula 3 Championship victory at a chilly Hockenheim on Saturday.

The Canadian Ferrari Driver Academy driver took the lead on the opening lap and survived an early safety car period to lead home team-mates Jake Dennis, Felix Rosenqvist and Maximilian Günther for his first victory since winning the Italian Formula 4 Championship in 2014.

Stroll took the lead from pole-sitter Rosenqvist on the opening lap, with the Swede also dropping back behind Dennis to allow the Briton the best possible opportunity to secure second place in the championship.

Rosenqvist, who secured the championship last time out at the Nurburgring, settled for third but had the pace in hand to be able to challenge those ahead of him had he needed too.

Günther, on his first appearance for Prema Powerteam, dropped down the order at the start from his front row slot, but moved back up to fourth by the end of the first lap.

Alexander Sims drove a strong race for Hitech GP to finish fifth, the first time the team finished inside the top ten as they test ahead of a full time entry in 2016, although the Briton made a small error on the approach to the starting grid, spinning on the exit of the final corner but managing to maintain his grid slot.

Sims had battled hard with Antonio Giovinazzi of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, with the Italian being forced to settle for sixth, with George Russell of Carlin getting the better of Charles Leclerc of Van Amersfoort Racing for seventh.

Markus Pommer finished ninth for Motopark ahead of Santino Ferrucci of Mücke Motorsport, while Alexander Albon secured the final point for Signature despite finishing eleventh with Sims not eligible for points as a guest driver.

Hockenheim Race 1 Result

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