Maximilian Günther took his first victory of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship season as he got the jump on polesitter Lando Norris into turn one of race two at Pau and was never headed thereafter.
Last season’s championship runner-up secured the points with a great defensive display early on to deny Norris, before pulling away to win by 1.953 seconds, with Günther moving back into championship contention as a result.
Carlin’s Norris had one opportunity to pass the Prema Powerteam driver but could not make the move around the outside of the Pont Oscar hairpin stick, but his runners-up spot moves him to the top of the championship standings as Joel Eriksson crashed out whilst running fourth.
Callum Ilott was the only other driver to be able to stick relatively close to Günther and Norris at the front, with the British racer completing the podium for Prema Powerteam.
Eriksson was keeping tabs with Ilott but the Swede crashed his Motopark machine at the Foch chicane, losing him the twelve points he was on for and the championship lead to Norris.
Harrison Newey inherited fourth place as a result for Van Amersfoort Racing, with the British racer having jumped from seventh on the grid to run fifth at the start, while he was forced to defend until the chequered flag from Hitech Grand Prix duo Ralf Aron and Jake Hughes.
Nikita Mazepin was seventh, also for Hitech Grand Prix, while Carlin drivers filled the remaining places inside the top ten, Ferdinand Habsburg ahead of Jehan Daruvala and Jake Dennis.
Pau Race 2 Result
|1||3||Maximilian Gunther||GER||Prema Powerteam||34:14.016s|
|3||53||Callum Ilott||GBR||Prema Powerteam||+5.287s|
|4||17||Harrison Newey||GBR||Van Amersfoort Racing||+11.883s|
|5||7||Ralf Aron||EST||Hitech Grand Prix||+12.596s|
|6||34||Jake Hughes||GBR||Hitech Grand Prix||+13.411s|
|7||99||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Hitech Grand Prix||+15.873s|
|11||25||Mick Schumacher||GER||Prema Powerteam||+24.765s|
|12||11||Tadasuke Makino||JAP||Hitech Grand Prix||+26.788s|
|13||5||Pedro Piquet||BRZ||Van Amersfoort Racing||+27.824s|
|14||55||David Beckmann||GER||Van Amersfoort Racing||+28.920s|
|15||47||Keyvan Andres Soori||GER||Motopark||+1:06.150s|
|16/RET||96||Joey Mawson||AUS||Van Amersfoort Racing||+3 Laps|
|RET||8||Guan Yu Zhou||CHN||Prema Powerteam||Retired|