European F3 Zandvoort: Motopark's Markus Pommer gets first win

Markus Pommer took his maiden Formula 3 European Championship win - and the first for the Motopark team since its 2015 return - in a safety-car-marred third race at Zandvoort

European F3 Zandvoort: Motopark's Markus Pommer gets first win

The German won it at the start when, from second on the grid, he made a better getaway than poleman Antonio Giovinazzi and was able to lead the field into the Tarzanbocht.

The race seemed to be shaping up nicely, with Giovinazzi and Felix Rosenqvist - the two winners of the weekend to date - staying close to Pommer, but the safety car was called on the fourth lap due to an off for Matt Solomon.

At the restart, some midfield argy-bargy resulted in Gustavo Menezes dropping down the field and Mikkel Jensen getting spat into the barriers on the run to the Hans Ernst chicane, meaning the race went under caution again.

The field didn't even get that far when the race was restarted for a second time, with Menezes and Nicolas Pohler crashing heavily into the barriers at the left-handed kink after Tarzan.

That left just a four-lap dash to the finish, and Pommer managed to keep the Carlin car of Giovinazzi at bay and Rosenqvist's Prema Powerteam machine was in turn just adrift of the Italian.

"The start was the key for this race, because at Zandvoort it's nearly impossible to overtake - you need to be one to two seconds faster," said Pommer.

"At first the car was quite fast, but I was worried about the tyres because our set-up was aggressive - I think the safety cars were very good for me."

Pommer's win salved the bitterness from the second race, where he was given a 20-second post-race time penalty after finishing fourth due to triggering the shunt that led to the elimination of Lance Stroll and, eventually, Charles Leclerc.

Prema twins Jake Dennis and Lance Stroll, and Carlin driver George Russell, ran fourth, fifth and sixth respectively throughout the short racing distance.

Buoyed by his first points score on Saturday, Ryan Tveter made a good start to run seventh, but lost out to Sergio Sette Camara on the opening lap, then to Alexander Albon when the Anglo-Thai made a heroic move into Scheivlak on lap two.

Santino Ferrucci then passed Tveter into Tarzan at the final restart, and then Tveter handed Leclerc the final point when he flew off the road at the Arie Luyendijkbocht that leads onto the pit straight.

Leclerc's miserable weekend ended with him losing the championship lead to Giovinazzi, who is now seven and a half points clear heading to the Red Bull Ring, where he scored his first pole and win last season.

RESULTS - 19 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 36m04.922s
2 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0.544s
3 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.213s
4 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 1.886s
5 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 3.865s
6 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 4.658s
7 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 5.087s
8 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 5.605s
9 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 6.562s
10 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 7.696s
11 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 8.176s
12 Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 9.311s
13 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 11.070s
14 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 11.686s
15 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 12.921s
16 Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 13.063s
17 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 13.998s
18 Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 14.690s
19 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 16.244s
20 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 16.923s
21 Andy Chang Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 18.194s
22 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 18.715s
23 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 19.898s
24 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 20.212s
25 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 20.530s
26 Zhi Cong Li Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 21.277s
27 Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 21.694s
28 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 22.647s
29 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 23.624s
30 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 2 Laps
- Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Antonio Giovinazzi 288
2 Charles Leclerc 280.5
3 Felix Rosenqvist 261
4 Jake Dennis 216
5 George Russell 146
6 Alexander Albon 132
7 Maximilian Guenther 118
8 Lance Stroll 89
9 Mikkel Jensen 81.5
10 Markus Pommer 70.5
11 Santino Ferrucci 64
12 Brandon Maisano 53
13 Gustavo Menezes 48
14 Callum Ilott 32
15 Sergio Sette Camara 29
16 Dorian Boccolacci 26
17 Alessio Lorandi 26
18 Arjun Maini 23
19 Pietro Fittipaldi 16
20 Raoul Hyman 12.5
21 Ryan Tveter 2
22 Sam MacLeod 2
23 Fabian Schiller 2
24 Nabil Jeffri 2

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