Hungary F2: Markus Pommer dominates race two
|By Jack Nicholls||Sunday, September 9th 2012, 13:50 GMT|
Markus Pommer drove brilliantly on the way to a stunning victory in the second Formula 2 race at the Hungaroring.
The German started from pole, and held the lead into the first corner, from where he was never challenged.
But it was his consistency and speed that were the astonishing factors, regularly lapping over one second quicker than anyone else.
Indeed, in the final few laps of the 22-lap race the ex-German Formula 3 racer was still lapping only a few tenths shy of his best lap of the race.
"I felt like a robot out there, the car was brilliant," said Pommer.
Matheo Tuscher had a lonely drive to second place, unable to match the pace of Pommer. Dino Zamparelli managed to pass Kevin Mirocha around the outside of Turn 2 on the opening lap to finish in third position and secure his second podium of the season.
The highlight of the race was Alex Fontana's attack on Mirocha. After passing Mirocha for the lead in Saturday's race, Fontana had a few attempts to get past the Pole, but some forceful defending from Mirocha ensured he held on to fourth.
Christopher Zanella and Mihai Marinescu finished in sixth and seventh, while Luciano Bacheta failed to seal the championship after finishing eighth, a position he exchanged a few times with Daniel McKenzie.
The finale at Monza will see a three-way fight for the title. Bacheta is still favourite, with a 33.5 point lead over Tuscher, with Pommer 10 points further back.
Results - 22 laps: Pos Driver Time/Gap 1. Markus Pommer 35m53.761s 2. Matheo Tuscher + 16.227s 3. Dino Zamparelli + 18.811s 4. Kevin Mirocha + 28.927s 5. Alex Fontana + 31.243s 6. Christopher Zanella + 32.898s 7. Mihai Marinescu + 34.933s 8. Luciano Bacheta + 36.608s 9. Daniel McKenzie + 37.515s 10. Axcil Jefferies + 39.392s 11. David Zhu + 53.573s 12. Richard Gonda + 56.481s 13. Plamen Kralev + 1m00.353s 14. Hector Hurst + 1m01.019s 15. Maxim Snegirev + 1m04.425s