European Formula 3

Norris takes race two Victory at the Norisring

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Lando Norris takes the chequered flag at the Norisring to win race two - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Lando Norris returned to winning ways as he came through to win race two around the Norisring on Sunday morning, his first win since race one at Monza back in April.

But there was disappointment for pole sitter Ralf Aron, who led for the majority of the race before finding himself shuffled down the pack to finish fifth.

Norris started fourth on the grid, but fell to fifth at the start of lap two after losing a position to Pedro Piquet, but it was not long before he moved back passed the Brazilian, before he started to put pressure on Maximilian Günther.

A mistake by Günther allowed Norris through into third, before the caught and passed Jake Hughes for second, before putting pressure on Aron for the lead.

The Estonian had led by around 1.5-seconds from his Hitech Grand Prix team-mate Hughes, but the gap was closed down with relative ease when Norris assumed second, and Norris found a way through on the run down to the final hairpin with just a handful of laps remaining.

A mistake from Aron allowed his team-mate through into second, with a further mistake seeing him drop down behind Günther and Jehan Daruvala into fifth, with a broken front wing not helping.

Norris was able to control the race in the final few laps, with the Carlin driver ultimately winning by 1.134 seconds from Hughes, with Günther completing the podium for Prema Powerteam, a further 1.042 seconds down.

Piquet dropped away from the top five around mid-distance but with Aron’s troubles finished on the Estonian’s tail in sixth, just ahead of his Van Amersfoort Racing team-mate Harrison Newey, with Prema Powerteam’s Guan Yu Zhou on their tail in eighth.

Championship contenders Callum Ilott and Joel Eriksson enjoyed a battle of their own for the final points, with the Briton coming out on top ahead of the Swede, the duo finishing down in ninth and tenth respectively ahead of David Beckmann and Mick Schumacher, who finished the race side by side.

Norisring Race 2 Result

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