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by Peter Allen

German F3: Another two wins for Pommer

Markus Pommer

Photo: ATS F3 Cup

Markus Pommer further extended his lead in the German F3 Cup with two more wins at the Nurburgring – his eighth and ninth victories from 15 races. From a double pole position, the Motopark driver won both of the weekend’s feature races. In the reverse grid second race, he finished back in seventh, but over the weekend he still stretched his points advantage from 77 to 96.

Danish driver Nicolai Sylvest was the winner of race two, following a third in race one and preceding a fifth place in race three. Pommer’s closest rival and team-mate Nabil Jeffri was second in the opening two races and then third in the final encounter, while Sam MacLeod recovered from an eventful ninth-place result in race one to take third and then second in the remaining races.

After retiring following contact with MacLeod in the first race, Indy Dontje?recovered to take a pair of fourths and hold onto third place in the standings, eight points ahead of the Briton.

German F3 Cup Round 5/8 ? Nurburgring, Germany
Race 1
Report: Pommer victorious amidst mass penalties
1st: Markus Pommer 2nd: Nabil Jeffri 3rd: Nicolai Sylvest
Race 2
Report: Sylvest secures maiden German F3 win in race two at Nurburgring
1st: Nicolai Sylvest 2nd: Nabil Jeffri 3rd: Sam MacLeod
Race 3
Report: Pommer bounces back to win race three in the wet at Nurburgring
1st: Markus Pommer 2nd: Sam MacLeod 3rd: Nabil Jeffri
Championship standings
1 Markus Pommer 278 pts
2 Nabil Jeffri 192 pts
3 Indy Dontje 167 pts
4 Sam MacLeod 159 pts
5 Nicolai Sylvest 120 pts
6 Weiron Tan 94 pts
Next round: Lausitz (13-14 September)

ADAC Formel Masters: Jensen nears title with double

Mikkel Jensen

Photo: ADAC

Mikkel Jensen took a step closer to wrapping up the ADAC Formel Masters crown with two more wins at the Nurburgring. The Danish driver didn’t have a completely smooth weekend – he was beaten away from pole in the first race but reclaimed the lead later on, while in race two he went off out of the lead at a restart in the wet, leaving him to finish seventh. In the reverse grid final race, he started second but lost ground in an incident before passing his team-mate Tim Zimmermann to take the win. He now has a 71-point lead with two rounds remaining, and will secure the title next time out if he can keep his lead above 65.

Marvin Dienst benefited from Jensen’s error to claim the win in race two, having finished second to the Dane in race one. He finished the weekend with a fourth place. His Mucke team-mate and Jensen’s closest rival Maximilian Gunther finished back in seventh in race one before taking two third-places.

After leading Jensen during the early stages, Joel Eriksson finished third in race one, and followed that up with a fourth and a seventh. Zimmermann took a fourth, a fifth and then second. Ralph Boschung slipped from third to fifth in the standings behind Dienst and Zimmermann, after starting his weekend with a non-finish. He would finish second and fifth in the remaining races.

ADAC Formel Masters Round 6/8 ? Nurburgring, Germany
Race 1
Report: Jensen fights back to win first race of Nurburgring weekend
1st: Mikkel Jensen 2nd: Marvin Dienst 3rd: Joel Eriksson
Race 2
Report: Dienst triumphs in wet race two at Nurburgring
1st: Marvin Dienst 2nd: Ralph Boschung 3rd: Maximilian Gunther
Race 3
Report: Jensen beats squadmate Zimmermann to take win seven
1st: Mikkel Jensen 2nd Tim Zimmermann 3rd: Maximilian Gunther
Championship standings
1 Mikkel Jensen 272 pts
2 Maximilian Gunther 201 pts
3 Marvin Dienst 171 pts
4 Tim Zimmermann 158 pts
5 Ralph Boschung 145 pts
6 Fabian Schiller 132 pts
Next round: Sachsenring (20-21 September)

British F3: Ferrucci wins twice, Cao moves back ahead of Rao

Santino Ferrucci

Photo: British F3

American teenager Santino Ferrucci made a one-off British F3 appearance for Fortec at Brands Hatch and claimed victory in the weekend’s two main races. He won the first race from pole position, before finishing third in the reverse grid race two. He then dominated race three after getting the jump on pole-sitter Martin Cao.

Cao took second place in race one, enough for him to take the championship lead back from team-mate Matt Rao when the Briton spun down from third to fourth. Cao then won race two after a flying start took him from third on the grid into the lead, past pole-sitter Rao. Cao began the final race from pole after beating Ferrucci to the fastest time in qualifying, but this time had no answer to his pace. Rao claimed second place in race two and then third in race three. With Ferrucci opting to not score points in order to not interfere with the Fortec drivers’ fight, Cao now leads by 15 points going into the final round at Donington.

Dan Wells benefited from Rao’s race one error to score a podium on his F3 debut with Double R, and followed that with two fourth places from a field that had grown back to seven for this event.

British F3 Round 6/7 ? Brands Hatch, United Kingdom
Race 1
Report: Cao retakes points lead with maiden British F3 victory
1st: Santino Ferrucci 2nd: Martin Cao 3rd: Dan Wells
Race 2
Report: Cao doubles up in mixed conditions race at Thruxton
1st: Martin Cao 2nd: Matt Rao 3rd: Santino Ferrucci
Race 3
Report: Rao denies Cao a hat-trick at Thruxton
1st: Santino Ferrucci 2nd: Martin Cao 3rd: Matt Rao
Championship standings
1 Martin Cao 243 pts
2 Matt Rao 228 pts
3 Camren Kaminsky 126 pts
4 Sam MacLeod 121 pts
5 Andy Chang 103 pts
6 Peter Li 91 pts
Next round: Donington (13-14 September)

BRDC F4: Maini soars into title contention

Arjun Maini

Photo: BRDC F4

A win and two other podium finishes at Brands Hatch has moved Arjun Maini to within nine points of the championship lead with two rounds remaining. The Indian driver was third in the first race, second in race two after spinning while leading, and then claimed a lights-to-flag victory in race three. Those results vaulted him to second in the standings, just nine points off the lead.

Brazilian Gaetano di Mauro claimed pole position for the first race and duly scored his maiden victory. He was a first lap retirement from race two, but recovered to chase Maini home in race three. Chris Middlehurst was another first-time victor in race two, benefiting first from a multi-car collision ahead and then Maini’s spin. The MGR man was fifth and seventh in the other two races.

Championship leader George Russell crashed in qualifying, but recovered to tenth in race one from the back of the grid. He progressed further to third in race two before ending the weekend with a fifth. Raoul Hyman closed to just one point behind his rival with fourth in race one and took another fourth in race two, but then finished back in 14th in race three, leaving him 13 points back in the title fight.

BRDC F4 Championship Round 6/8 ? Brands Hatch, United Kingdom
Race 1
Report: Di Mauro holds off Lanan pair to secure first BRDC F4 win
1st: Gaetano di Mauro 2nd: Struan Moore 3rd: Arjun Maini
Race 2
Report: Middlehurst stays out of trouble to win race two at Brands Hatch
1st: Chris Middlehurst 2nd: Arjun Maini 3rd: George Russell
Race 3
Report: Arjun Maini claims victory in final Brands Hatch race
1st: Arjun Maini 2nd: Gaetano di Mauro 3rd: Struan Moore
Championship standings
1 George Russell 367 pts
2 Arjun Maini 358 pts
3 Raoul Hyman 354 pts
4 Sennan Fielding 338 pts
5 Will Palmer 308 pts
6 Struan Moore 307 pts
Next round: Donington (20-21 September)

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC: Barnicoat back ahead in title fight

Ben Barnicoat

Photo: Racing Steps Foundation

Ben Barnicoat reclaimed the lead of the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC standings with one round remaining after taking his second win of the year at Most. The Racing Steps Foundation rookie won the first race of the weekend after beating pole-sitter Alex Albon off the line. He was only seventh in race two, but that was enough for him to take a 12 point lead into the final round.

After finishing second to Barnicoat in race one, Albon claimed his first single-seater victory in the second race. Pole-sitter Raoul Owens finished second in that race, while Seb Morris was third in both encounters, moving the Briton up to fourth in the standings.

Barnicoat’s title rivals Louis Deletraz and Steijn Schothorst both claimed a best result of fourth from the weekend. Deletraz followed fourth in race one with tenth place in race two, while Schothorst was forced to retire from the first race with mechanical issues and is now 24 points adrift of Barnicoat.

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Round 6/7 ? Most, Czech Republic
Race 1
Report: Barnicoat is victorious at Most and takes championship lead
1st: Ben Barnicoat 2nd: Alex Albon 3rd: Seb Morris
Race 2
Albon celebrates maiden single-seater victory at Most
1st: Alex Albon 2nd: Raoul Owens 3rd: Seb Morris
Championship standings
1 Ben Barnicoat 224 pts
2 Louis Deletraz 212 pts
3 Steijn Schothorst 200 pts
4 Seb Morris 185 pts
5 Callan O?Keeffe 172 pts
6 Ukyo Sasahara 166 pts
Next round: Nurburgring (20-21 September)

Formula Renault 1.6 NEC: Janits and De Paquale win at Zolder

FR1.6 Zolder

Photo: FR1.6 NEC Junior

Anton De Pasquale continues to close on the Formula Renault 1.6 NEC title after taking his sixth win of the year at Zolder. The Australian finished outside of the top two for the first time all season with fourth in race one, but bounced back to claim victory in race two.

His rival Janneau Esmeijer closed the gap with second in race one, but after a third in race two, he is now 53 points adrift with two rounds left.

Florian Janits scored his first win in race one and was fourth in race two, moving him up to fourth in the standings. Third-placed driver Ralf Aron was third in race one and then second in race two.

Formula Renault 1.6 NEC Junior Round 5/7 ? Zolder, Belgium
Race 1
Report: Janits celebrates maiden single-seater victory in first Zolder race
1st: Florian Janits 2nd: Janneau Esmeijer 3rd: Ralf Aron
Race 2
Report: De Pasquale back on top with confident win in race two
1st: Anton De Pasquale 2nd: Ralf Aron 3rd: Janneau Esmeijer
Championship standings
1 Anton De Pasquale 269 pts
2 Janneau Esmeijer 216 pts
3 Ralf Aron 182 pts
4 Florian Janits 170 pts
5 Max Defourny 161 pts
6 Ferdinand Habsburg 148 pts
Next round: Spa-Francorchamps (5 October)

Protyre Formula Renault: Fittipaldi marches on

Pietro Fittipaldi

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Pietro Fittipaldi stretched his winning run in Protyre Formula Renault to eight races with victories in the three races at Snetterton. The first was somewhat fortuitous, coming after front row men Alex Gill and Piers Hickin both crept at the start and were duly penalised. In race two he jumped past the pair and into the lead right at the start, and he led the third from pole position. His points lead has now grown from 36 to 70 with four races left.

Matteo Ferrer remains his MGR team-mate’s closest rival, despite not having the best of weekends. He was third in the opener, but only sixth and seventh in the two Sunday races. Fortec man Gill has closed to within six points after collecting two fourths and then a second in race three, just half a second behind Fittipaldi.

Although no longer eligible for points due to a licence issue, Tarun Reddy was a strong second, third and fourth in the three races. Hickin was sixth in race one after his penalty, a distant second to Fittipaldi in race two and then similarly far back in third in race three.

Protyre Formula Renault Championship Round 4/6 ? Snetterton, UK
Race 1
Report: Fittipaldi takes sixth consecutive win as Gill and Hickin are penalized
1st: Pietro Fittipaldi 2nd: Tarun Reddy 3rd: Matteo Ferrer
Race 2
Report: Fittipaldi takes seventh consecutive win in Protyre FR2.0
1st: Pietro Fittipaldi 2nd: Piers Hickin 3rd: Tarun Reddy
Race 3
Report: Fittipaldi completes Snetterton sweep in race three
1st: Pietro Fittipaldi 2nd: Alex Gill 3rd: Piers Hickin
Championship standings
1 Pietro Fittipaldi 338 pts
2 Matteo Ferrer 268 pts
3 Alex Gill 262 pts
4 Piers Hickin 249 pts
5 Colin Noble 186 pts
6 Patrick Dussault 173 pts
Next round: Croft (20-21 September)

Star Driver: Santino Ferrucci

Sure, the quality in British F3 this year isn’t fantastic, but Ferrucci proved he’s on another level to them to rock up and claim his first two wins on the European single-seater scene. Come the final race of the weekend, the 16-year-old American had a dominant margin over the rest.

Santino Ferrucci

Photo: British F3