Stroll passes Günther to secure race two victory

Lance Stroll - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lance Stroll was made to work hard for victory but the Canadian came out on top again in race two at the Nurburgring on Saturday.

The championship leader fell behind Prema Powerteam team-mate Maximilian Günther at the start, and after following the German for a number of laps, found a way passed heading into the chicane before pulling away for his ninth victory of the season.

The early laps of the race were run behind the safety car after two separate incidents, one with Nick Cassidy colliding with Callum Ilott, while the second was when Ben Barnicoat clashed with Sergio Sette Câmara with Harrison Newey and Nikita Mazepin also getting tangled in the incident.

Cassidy and Barnicoat were the only retirees from those incidents, with Ilott just dropping a couple of places, while the other trio were able to continue, albeit towards the back of the field.

During the safety car period however, Hitech GP saw another of their drivers retire, with Barnicoat being joined on the sidelines by race one podium finisher George Russell, who suffered a mechanical issue while running towards the front of the field.

Günther and Stroll were the class of the field, with Joel Eriksson completing the podium for Motopark ahead of Prema’s Ralf Aron, who held off the challenge of Van Amersfoort Racing’s Anthoine Hubert for pretty much the duration of the race.

Likewise behind, David Beckmann was able to take sixth for an off-key Mücke Motorsport despite Ilott swarming all over the back of the young German in another of the Van Amersfoort machines.

Sette Câmara recovered from starting at the back of the field and getting involved in the incident with Barnicoat on the first lap to claim eighth for Motopark, in doing so battling passed his team-mate and fellow Red Bull-backed racer Niko Kari.

Kari lost momentum as a result of his squabble with Sette Câmara and also dropped behind Pedro Piquet, who claimed ninth for Van Amersfoort Racing.

Kari also had a battle with Mikkel Jensen at turn one on the penultimate lap, with the two banging wheels, which allowed Newey to get in between the duo. However Kari held on for the final point, while Jensen dropped down to thirteenth with damage.

Nurburgring Race 2 Result

11Lance StrollCANPrema Powerteam35:00.191
217Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+3.727
322Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+5.855
416Ralf AronESTPrema Powerteam+8.600
521Anthoine HubertFRAVan Amersfoort Racing+8.928
68David BeckmannGERMucke Motorsport+11.375
76Callum IlottGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+11.919
89Sergio Sette CamaraBRZMotopark+14.024
95Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+17.303
1010Niko KariFINMotopark+19.975
1120Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+20.410
1223Guanyu ZhouCHNMotopark+23.047
137Mikkel JensenDENMucke Motorsport+24.530
1411Nikita MazepinRUSHitech GP+24.773
RET12George RussellGBRHitech GPRetired
RET24Ben BarnicoatGBRHitech GPRetired
RET2Nick CassidyNZLPrema PowerteamRetired