Alex Palou stormed to a maiden World Series Formula V8 3.5 victory for both himself and his Teo Martin Motorsport team in just his second race in the championship after the Spaniard capitalised on a mistake by Matevos Isaakyan in tricky conditions at the Nurburgring.
The race started behind the safety car but unlike in earlier support races, the track was on the verge of being dry, and Palou led the field to the green flag, only for the race to be neutralised again when Giuseppe Cipriani spun out at turn four.
Grip levels early on were difficult for all, but Palou maintained his advantage through to the pit stops, but it was SMP Racing by AVF who played the pit stops to perfection, pitting at the right time and propelling themselves towards the front of the field.
Such was the advantage of the dry tyres over the intermediates that when Palou made his pit stop, he fell behind Isaakyan, with the Russian looking set to take his second victory of the weekend.
However, a mistake by Isaakyan heading into turn one saw the Russian forced across the gravel trap and allowed both Palou and his Teo Martin Motorsport team-mate Konstantin Tereschenko through.
Unfortunately for Tereschenko, he was handed a ten-second time penalty for crossing the pit exit line, which relegated him down to fourth at the chequered flag, but Palou was untouchable, getting faster and faster as the track dried, ultimately winning by 9.541 seconds.
Isaakyan and Egor Orudzhev completed the podium for SMP Racing by AVF, with Tereschenko fourth ahead of RP Motorsport’s Roy Nissany.
Pietro Fittipaldi had one of his quietest races of the season, finishing 29.918 seconds off the pace for Lotus, while Yu Kanamaru claimed seventh for RP Motorsport after Alfonso Celis Jr of Fortec Motorsports took the same penalty as Tereschenko did to drop a place to eighth ahead of Rene Binder.
Diego Menchaca started the race battling for the podium, but the second Fortec Motorsports driver fell down the order, spinning down to eighth whilst battling Fittipaldi, and then spinning again at the start of the final lap on the exit of turn one and hitting the barrier. The Mexican was still able to claim the final point, thanks to the retirements of Damiano Fioravanti and Cipriani.
Nurburgring Race 2 Result
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