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Pommer quickest in practice to kick off German F3’s penultimate round

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: ATS Formel 3 Cup

Photo: ATS Formel 3 Cup

German F3 championship favorite Markus Pommer began the penultimate round of the season at Sachsenring in an appropriate fashion by comfortably topping the free practice session.

The 23-year-old, who is expected to clinch the drivers’ title with a round to spare, was three tenths clear of the opposition.

Van Amersfoort Racing’s Sam MacLeod managed a late flyer to demote his teammate Weiron Tan from second in the classification.

Nabil Jeffri and Indy Dontje – the two drivers still in contention for the title besides their squadmate Pommer – took fourth and fifth respectively.

SMP Racing’s Nikita Zlobin was sixth, ahead of JBR’s Nicolai Sylvest and Lotus man Andres Mendez.

Brazilian Pipo Derani, who is making his return to Formula 3 this weekend to assist the ADM team’s development, was ninth, posting the same time as Mendez, while Maximilian Hackl and Luca Iannaccone rounded out the field.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Markus Pommer Lotus 1:13.764 24
2 Sam MacLeod Van Amersfoort Racing 1:14.065 0.301 26
3 Weiron Tan Van Amersfoort Racing 1:14.308 0.544 25
4 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Academy 1:14.316 0.552 22
5 Indy Dontje Lotus 1:14.477 0.713 23
6 Nikita Zlobin SMP Racing by ADM 1:14.896 1.132 22
7 Nicolai Sylvest JBR Motorsport & Engineering 1:15.392 1.628 22
8 Andres Mendez Lotus 1:15.441 1.677 17
9 Pipo Derani SMP Racing by ADM 1:15.441 1.677 26
10 Maximilian Hackl Amkon Motorsport 1:18.210 4.446 26
11 Luca Iannaccone Franz Woss Racing 1:21.107 7.343 25