Marvin Kirchhofer was yet again the man of the hour in German F3, taking a commandeering victory in race three of the Sachsenring round on Sunday.
Kirchhofer started the race from pole and got away cleanly, managing to build up a bit of a gap. That gap suddenly turned massive when the German started pushing on lap five and, by the end, was a very impressive twelve seconds to second-place.
Kirchhofer’s teammate and closest rival in the standings Artem Markelov recorded his eighth second-place finish of the season despite a mistake that saw him lose a bit of time in the gravel. Van Amersfoort’s Gustavo Menezes drove a good race to come in third, ahead of ADM’s Matteo Cairoli.
It was Trophy class winner Sebastian Balthasar who came next, finalizing what was a stunning round for the German. Nabil Jeffri was sixth after an early mistake, while Lotus frontrunner Emil Bernstorff was tenth, having had a collision with Performance Racing’s Thomas Jager on lap one. Swede John Bryant-Meisner was another retiree, closing out a weekend to forget with a trip to the gravel.
In the standings, Kirchhofer leads Markelov by 68 points, with Bernstorff a further 20 behind. The Trophy leader Balthasar is closely followed by Freddy Killensberger and Hubertus-Carlos Vier in the class standings.
|1||Marvin Kirchhofer||C||Lotus||23 laps in 30:28.723|
|3||Gustavo Menezes||C||Van Amersfoort||+18.922|
|4||Matteo Cairoli||C||ADM Motorsport||+42.674|
|7||Hubertus-Carlos Vier||T||TTC Motorsport||+1:12.810|
|9||Maximilian Hackl||T||Frank Woss Racing||+1 lap|
|10||Emil Bernstorff||C||Lotus||+1 lap|
|11||Sheban Siddiqi||C||Lotus||+1 lap|
|12||Luca Iannaccone||T||Aberer Motorsport||+2 laps|
|13||Andreas Germann||T||CR Racing Team||+2 laps|
|John Bryant-Meisner||C||Performance Racing||+11 laps|
|Thomas Jager||C||Performance Racing||+23 laps|
|Jordi Weckx||C||Van Amersfoort||+23 laps|