Lance Stroll controlled things from start to finish to clinch his eighth victory of the season and move closer to clinching a championship that could propel him into Formula 1 in 2017.
The Prema Powerteam driver extended his championship lead by another seven points after leading from start to finish at the Nurburgring, with Stroll winning by 6.648 seconds from team-mate Maximilian Günther.
Stroll has been heavily linked to the vacant Williams Martini Racing seat in recent days after the announcement from Felipe Massa that he would be retiring at the end of the season.
To qualify for a Superlicence to race in Formula 1, the Canadian has to finish inside the top three in the championship, but his latest victory makes it more likely that he’ll not only gain enough points to get his Superlicence but he’ll do it in style with a championship victory.
Nick Cassidy was on course for second on Saturday morning until a strange moment when his Prema machine suddenly slowly, albeit briefly, was enough to drop the New Zealander down to fourth behind both Günther and Hitech GP’s George Russell.
Cassidy held off the challenge of Callum Ilott in the closing laps around a circuit that offers little opportunity to pass on for Formula 3 machinery, although the Van Amersfoort Racing driver was able to get around the other Prema driver, Ralf Aron, after the Estonian was slightly delayed by Cassidy.
Aron held on for sixth and the leading rookie, ahead of Motopark duo Joel Eriksson and Niko Kari, while Ben Barnicoat of Hitech GP and Anthoine Hubert of Van Amersfoort Racing completed the top ten and the points scorers.
Nurburgring Race 1 Result
|1||1||Lance Stroll||CAN||Prema Powerteam||35:40.320|
|2||17||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||+6.648|
|3||12||George Russell||GBR||Hitech GP||+9.470|
|4||2||Nick Cassidy||NZL||Prema Powerteam||+12.013|
|5||6||Callum Ilott||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+12.523|
|6||16||Ralf Aron||EST||Prema Powerteam||+15.797|
|9||24||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Hitech GP||+21.162|
|10||21||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Van Amersfoort Racing||+21.809|
|11||9||Sergio Sette Camara||BRZ||Motopark||+23.235|
|13||8||David Beckmann||GER||Mucke Motorsport||+24.787|
|14||20||Harrison Newey||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+25.396|
|15||7||Mikkel Jensen||DEN||Mucke Motorsport||+28.816|
|16||11||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Hitech GP||+31.531|
|17||5||Pedro Piquet||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||+32.349|