Norisring European F3: Carlin's Antonio Giovinazzi wins race three

Antonio Giovinazzi got his title charge back on track with victory in the third and final race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at the Norisring

Norisring European F3: Carlin's Antonio Giovinazzi wins race three

The Jagonya Ayam protege made his customary storming start from third on the grid, and led home the sister Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen of McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner George Russell.

Both poleman Alexander Albon and front-row partner Russell made poor getaways, Russell speculating that it was due to the earlier DTM practice starts on the first and second grid spots, and Albon adding, "I honestly thought I'd stalled - the engine went so quiet."

Russell had to fight his way past Jake Dennis at the first of what would become three restarts, and spent most of his race fending off the attentions of Albon, who in turn had Van Amersfoort Racing's championship leader Charles Leclerc right behind him.

Albon, who was fifth early on in his Signature car, had wriggled his way to the front of a scrap with Dennis and Leclerc after the first restart.

Giovinazzi always seemed to be able to keep the chasing trio at arm's length, and a close race ran out without the leading positions thereafter, although Albon did have a couple of feints to the outside of Russell into the Turn 1 hairpin.

"I had the pace," said Giovinazzi. "I tried to keep a little gap to George so he could not take the tow.

"The team did a really amazing job and I would like to dedicate this win to my grandfather, who passed away last week."

A mid-race scrap for fifth between the fading Dennis, Dorian Boccolacci and Santino Ferrucci featured a shoulderbarge on the Brit by Boccolacci.

Ferrucci subsequently passed Dennis, before Boccolacci suddenly slowed, conceding places to Ferrucci, Dennis and Mikkel Jensen.

Jensen battled his way through to pass Mucke Motorsport team-mate Ferrucci for fifth with five laps remaining.

Ferrucci held off Callum Ilott and Boccolacci in a hectic battle for sixth.

Alessio Lorandi notched up another points finish with ninth, while Brandon Maisano was Prema Powerteam's only points scorer in 10th, as Dennis plunged out of the points to 11th and Felix Rosenqvist could only recover to 13th after a slow getaway - in contrast to his jumped start in race two.

The first safety car was caused when Matt Solomon stalled and was hit on the grid by Sam MacLeod; the second came when Gustavo Menezes harpooned second-race winner Maximilian Gunther in the battle for eighth; the third was precipitated by a collision between Nabil Jeffri and Matt Rao.

RESULTS - 38 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Car Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 35m31.646s
2 George Russell Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 1.340s
3 Alexander Albon Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 1.592s
4 Charles Leclerc Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 1.912s
5 Mikkel Jensen KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 5.830s
6 Santino Ferrucci KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 8.423s
7 Callum Ilott Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 8.902s
8 Dorian Boccolacci Signature Dallara/Volkswagen 9.701s
9 Alessio Lorandi Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 9.915s
10 Brandon Maisano Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 11.223s
11 Jake Dennis Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 11.416s
12 Markus Pommer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 11.749s
13 Felix Rosenqvist Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 12.171s
14 Tatiana Calderon Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 12.783s
15 Fabian Schiller Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 14.700s
16 Pietro Fittipaldi Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 15.838s
17 Arjun Maini Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Volkswagen 16.153s
18 Raoul Hyman Team West-Tec F3 Dallara/Mercedes 18.427s
19 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 19.499s
20 Michele Beretta KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 19.666s
21 Ryan Tveter Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 19.896s
22 Kang Ling KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes 20.146s
23 Julio Moreno ThreeBond with T-Sport Dallara/NBE 21.450s
24 Nicolas Pohler Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes 25.399s
25 Mahaveer Raghunathan Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 25.965s
26 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam Dallara/Mercedes 4 Laps
- Matt Rao Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Nabil Jeffri Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Maximilian Guenther KFZTeile24 Mucke Motorsport Dallara/Mercedes Retirement
- Gustavo Menezes Jagonya Ayam with Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Sam MacLeod Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen Retirement
- Matt Solomon Double R Racing Dallara/Mercedes Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Charles Leclerc 269.5
2 Antonio Giovinazzi 227
3 Felix Rosenqvist 203
4 Jake Dennis 189
5 George Russell 120
6 Maximilian Guenther 112
7 Alexander Albon 110
8 Mikkel Jensen 77.5
9 Lance Stroll 67
10 Santino Ferrucci 58
11 Brandon Maisano 52
12 Gustavo Menezes 47
13 Callum Ilott 32
14 Markus Pommer 30.5
15 Dorian Boccolacci 26
16 Alessio Lorandi 26
17 Arjun Maini 23
18 Pietro Fittipaldi 16
19 Sergio Sette Camara 15
20 Raoul Hyman 12.5
21 Sam MacLeod 2
22 Fabian Schiller 2

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