Hulkenberg wins, Grosjean takes title
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, October 13th 2007, 10:33 GMT|
Nico Hulkenberg won the penultimate round of the Formula Three Euro Series at Hockenheim, but his ASM teammate Romain Grosjean wrapped up the title by finishing second.
Hulkenberg jumped into the lead after out-dragging poleman Grosjean into the first corner, and pulled out a 1.7-second advantage over the opening lap.
Kamui Kobayashi (ASM) attacked Yelmer Buurman (Manor Motorsport) for third at the Mercedes Arena on the first lap, but his around-the-outside attempt failed, and he lost a place to Grosjean's title rival Sebastien Buemi (Mucke Motorsport).
Kobayashi repeated his move, with a more successful outcome, on Buemi at the same place a lap later to retake fourth, but Buurman was now well out of touch.
At the front, Hulkenberg was two seconds clear of Grosjean until he made a mistake at half distance that allowed Romain to close right up. The Frenchman made one attack, at the Mercedes Arena on lap 19, but the leader edged him onto the kerbs on the exit. Hulkenberg went on to win by 1.2 seconds.
Buemi trailed home fifth, not enough to keep his championship hopes alive as Grosjean moved up to 102 points compared to Buemi's 89 with just tomorrow's final round remaining. He finished ahead of Signature duo Edoardo Mortara and Yann Clairay.
Dani Clos, in a third Signature entry, finished eighth to take Sunday's reverse grid pole - despite surviving an assault from James Jakes (Manor), who was trying to make up for a poor start. Jakes went out after hitting Clos from behind at the Merc Arena.
New champion Grosjean was delighted with his success, and spent most of the slowing down lap driving with half his car on the grass!
Classified: Pos Driver Car Time 1. Nico Hulkenberg Dallara-Mercedes 37:53.393 2. Romain Grosjean Dallara-Mercedes + 1.268 3. Yelmer Buurman Dallara-Mercedes + 3.806 4. Kamui Kobayashi Dallara-Mercedes + 10.361 5. Sebastien Buemi Dallara-Mercedes + 13.600 6. Edoardo Mortara Dallara-Mercedes + 14.746 7. Yann Clairay Dallara-Mercedes + 15.511 8. Daniel Clos Dallara-Mercedes + 25.871 9. Tim Sandtler Dallara-Mercedes + 26.568 10. Jean-Karl Vernay Dallara-Mercedes + 34.922 11. Franck Mailleux Dallara-Mercedes + 37.955 12. Edoardo Piscopo Dallara-Mercedes + 45.886 13. Carlo van Dam Dallara-Volkswagen + 49.066 14. Marco Holzer Dallara-Volkswagen + 55.165 15. Basil Shaaban Dallara-Mercedes +1:00.534 16. Maximilian Gotz Dallara-Volkswagen +1:00.860 17. Tom Dillmann Dallara-Mercedes +1:18.488 18. Harold Schlegelmilch Dallara-Mercedes +1:31.043 19. Cyndie Allemann Dallara-Mercedes + 1 lap 20. Filip Salaquarda Dallara-Mercedes + 1 lap 21. James Jakes Dallara-Mercedes + 4 laps Not classified/retirements: Driver Car Laps Michael Patrizi Dallara-Mercedes 3 Renger van der Zande Dallara-Mercedes 0