Merhi doubles up at Spielberg

Roberto Merhi made it two F3 Euro Series wins from two races at Spielberg with a stunning drive in atrocious conditions

Merhi doubles up at Spielberg

The Spaniard had started the reversed grid race eighth following his victory earlier in the day, and steadily picked off his rivals one by one to make his way to the front.

The manner of Merhi's victory was particularly impressive as with the first two laps of the race being completed at slow speed behind the safety car, the Prema Powerteam driver had just nine laps to do the job.

Fifth by the end of the first racing lap, he overtook Daniel Abt's Signature car for fourth into the Gosser Kurve on lap four and then made the same move on Tom Dillmann's Motopark machine next time around.

Laurens Vanthoor offered little resistance, although Merhi's Prema team-mate Gianmarco Raimondo, who had started from pole, did squeeze the Spaniard a little at the same turn on lap eight as the pair disputed the lead, causing the Canadian to run onto the grass before rejoining third.

It looked like game over next time round for Raimondo, who was rammed up the back by Dillmann at Remus Kurve, causing him to complete the race without a rear wing and forcing his French rival into the pits for a new nose.

All of this action left Signature duo Vanthoor and Abt - both of whom kept their heads in the appalling weather - to finish second and third, albeit 8.8s behind Merhi, who increased his championship lead to 43 points.

His nearest rival, Marco Wittmann, t-boned Nigel Melker at the first corner taken at racing speed, eliminating the Mucke car and earning himself a drive-through penalty. The Siganture driver later pitted for a new nose and finished a lapped 11th.

Kimiya Sato finished a fine fourth for Motopark, ahead of his team-mate Jimmy Eriksson, Daniel Juncadella (Prema) and Raimondo, although Felix Rosenqvist's miserable weekend continued, the Swede finishing only 10th after finding the gravel at the Gosser Kurve.

Results - 11 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Roberto Merhi Prema Dallara-Merc 21m06.987s 2. Laurens Vanthoor Signature Dallara-VW + 8.818s 3. Daniel Abt Signature Dallara-VW + 13.317s 4. Kimiya Sato Motopark Dallara-VW + 15.112s 5. Jimmy Eriksson Motopark Dallara-VW + 20.766s 6. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc + 21.366s 7. Gianmarco Raimondo Prema Dallara-Merc + 24.428s 8. Kuba Giermaziak Star Dallara-VW + 28.557s 9. Carlos Munoz Signature Dallara-VW + 32.188s 10. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc + 35.028s 11. Marco Wittmann Signature Dallara-VW + 1 lap Retirements: Tom Dillmann Motopark Dallara-VW 8 laps Nigel Melker Mucke Dallara-Merc 4 laps 
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