Hughes Leads Brit Charge at the Nurburgring for First Win of 2017

Jake Hughes took his first win of 2017 at the Nurburgring ahead of Lando Norris - Credit: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Jake Hughes withstood late race pressure from Lando Norris to secure his first victory of the 2017 FIA European Formula 3 Championship season on Sunday morning as drivers finally got the opportunity to race on a dry Nurburgring track.

Both qualifying sessions and Saturday’s opening race were held in wet conditions, but despite it being cold and overcast on Sunday, the track was dry as the lights went out, and Hitech Grand Prix driver Hughes made the most of his pole position to lead into turn one.

Norris remained in third but the Carlin driver found a way ahead of Callum Ilott heading into turn two on the third lap, and ran around three seconds behind Hughes until a late push saw him end up right on his tail, but he could not get close enough to make a genuine attempt at an overtake, with him only making a last corner feint to try and force a mistake from the race leader.

That mistake was not forthcoming, and Hughes held on for his and Hitech’s first win of the season by 0.539 seconds, while Ilott made it a British driver one-two-three for Prema Powerteam, albeit 12.767 seconds off the pace.

Ilott was shadowed throughout the race by Hitech Grand Prix’s Honda-protégé Tadasuke Makino, who after losing fourth place in race one thanks to a penalty, drove superbly to take the same place this time around.

Ralf Aron made a great pass early on into the final chicane on Ferdinand Habsburg for what was then sixth position, and the Hitech Grand Prix driver then found himself promoted into fifth when Prema Powerteam’s Guan Yu Zhou spun after running across the still-wet Astroturf between turns two and three whilst running in that fifth position.

Aron and Habsburg remained in fifth and sixth until the chequered flag, while Joey Mawson added a seventh place finish to his podium from race one for Van Amersfoort Racing, ahead of team-mate Harrison Newey, while Joel Eriksson and Jehan Daruvala completed the points scorers.

There was more disappointment though for Maximilian Günther, who continues to see his championship ambitions slide away, with his twelfth place finish meaning the Prema Powerteam driver now sits fifty-four points behind Norris with seven races of the season remaining.

Nurburgring Race 2 Result

134Jake HughesGBRHitech Grand Prix35:37.113s
231Lando NorrisGBRCarlin+0.539s
353Callum IlottGBRPrema Powerteam+12.767s
411Tadasuke MakinoJAPHitech Grand Prix+13.814s
57Ralf AronESTHitech Grand Prix+15.205s
662Ferdinand HabsburgAUTCarlin+16.196s
796Joey MawsonAUSVan Amersfoort Racing+26.790s
817Harrison NeweyGBRVan Amersfoort Racing+33.639s
91Joel ErikssonSWEMotopark+36.104s
1027Jehan DaruvalaINDCarlin+37.452s
1199Nikita MazepinRUSHitech Grand Prix+37.919s
123Maximilian GuntherGERPrema Powerteam+40.309s
1337Sacha FenestrazFRACarlin+41.728s
148Guan Yu ZhouCHNPrema Powerteam+44.965s
1525Mick SchumacherGERPrema Powerteam+45.722s
1655David BeckmannGERMotopark+47.342s
175Pedro PiquetBRZVan Amersfoort Racing+48.108s
1815Max DefournyBELVan Amersfoort Racing+49.647s
1947Keyvan Andres SooriGERMotopark+54.836s
2010Petru FlorescuROMMotopark+59.408s
2121Ameya VaidyanathanINDCarlin+59.874s
RET33Marino SatoJAPMotoparkRetired