Günther beats Cassidy to final Zandvoort victory

Maximilian Günther - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Maximilian Günther secured victory in race three at Zandvoort on Sunday to complete a hat trick of triumphs for Prema Powerteam at the Dutch circuit this weekend.

The German led away from pole position and was never under threat from behind, with Günther claiming his third victory of the season by 1.287 seconds from team-mate and race two winner Nick Cassidy.

David Beckmann drove the best race of the season so far as the sixteen-year-old claimed his maiden overall podium for Mücke Motorsport, with the German claiming the rookie victory as well.

Beckmann was well clear of fourth placed Alessio Lorandi, who was shadowed throughout the 23-lap race by the British pairing of George Russell and Callum Ilott, with the Carlin, Hitech GP and van Amersfoort Racing racers nose to tail almost from start to finish.

Joel Eriksson was seventh and the only representative of Motopark within the top ten, with the Swede finishing just ahead of Estonian racer Ralf Aron of Prema Powerteam.

Ben Barnicoat was ninth for Hitech GP, with Anthoine Hubert securing the final point on offer in tenth for Van Amersfoort Racing after Ryan Tveter made a slow start.

Championship leader Lance Stroll had another quiet race having started at the back of the field, and used the afternoon as more of a test session with a couple of pit stops as he finished a lap down in nineteenth. Stroll will at least have the satisfaction of taking a 56-point lead away from the Dutch circuit after winning race one on Saturday.

The only retirement of the race came when Weiron Tan crashed out in his Carlin, which resulted in the worrying sight of a crane attending to his car without the use of a safety car, particularly on the first anniversary of the tragic passing of Jules Bianchi.

Zandvoort Race 3 Result

117Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam35:17.348
22Nick CassidyNZLPrema Powerteam+1.287
38David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport+7.088
44Alessio LorandiITACarlin+11.032
512George RussellGBRHitech GP+12.207
66Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+13.372
722Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+16.121
816Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam+17.817
924Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GP+19.758
1021Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+20.602
1110Niko KariFINMotopark+22.232
127Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+22.678
135Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+23.853
143Ryan TveterUSACarlin+24.816
159Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+28.922
1623Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+30.218
1711Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP+32.364
1820Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+37.486
191Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam+1 Lap
RET19Weiron TanMYSCarlinRetired