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Norisring European F3: Juri Vips wins, Dan Ticktum in huge crash

Reigning German Formula 4 champion Juri Vips took his first Formula 3 European Championship victory at the Norisring in a race red-flagged and restarted following a massive startline shunt

Dan Ticktum, starting from sixth, appeared to stall on the line, and everyone missed him until 21st starter Ameya Vaidyanathan ploughed almost straight into the back of the Red Bull protege's Motopark Dallara.

The impact pushed Ticktum's car into the barrier, while Vaidyanathan came to rest in the pitlane exit, both drivers thankfully emerging under their own steam.

Poleman Robert Shwartzman then came under pressure into the Turn 1 hairpin from fellow front-row man Enaam Ahmed.

Shwartzman ran wide, and as he exited the corner still alongside Ahmed there was slight contact between the two, the Russian brushing the wall and pulling off further up the road.

Ahmed's Hitech GP car therefore led the Prema Powerteam machine of Marcus Armstrong and the Motopark entry of Vips at the restart, and Vips wasted no time in cleanly passing his 2017 F4 title rival Armstrong - who was using old tyres in this race - into the Turn 1 hairpin.

Two laps later, Ahmed ran wide at Turn 1 and was forced to defend from Vips over the rest of the circuit.

Vips got a great exit from the Dutzendteich hairpin, drawing to the outside of Ahmed down the start-finish straight - the two brushed wheels but Vips was ahead before they reached the braking zone.

Estonian Vips soon extended a one-second margin, and that drew out to two seconds as the race entered its closing stages, with Armstrong similarly unable to trouble Ahmed.

"It's really, really special, especially after starting from fourth on the grid and having to fight my way to the front," said Vips.

"It was a fun battle with Enaam - we provided one of the best fights of the weekend; for two laps in a row it was pure fighting."

Keyvan Andres Soori did a sterling defensive job in fourth place following his eye-opening qualifying performance, managing to prevent Carlin driver Ferdinand Habsburg from passing his Van Amersfoort Racing machine.

Habsburg had two lunges to the outside at the Turn 1 hairpin, and the second of these cost him enough time for Alex Palou to nick fifth place in his Hitech GP car on the exit.

Palou and Habsburg closed back up on Andres Soori, but the positions didn't change.

Jehan Daruvala was unlucky to be right behind Ticktum on the grid, so lost time swerving to avoid him, but he finally managed to get his Carlin car ahead of Motopark's Marino Sato at Turn 1 with two laps to go.

Two more Carlin drivers, Nikita Troitskiy and Sacha Fenestraz, spent most of the race in tandem in the final two points positions, before Fenestraz slipped ahead at Turn 1 with four laps remaining.

Troitskiy then lost out to the chasing bunch, with Prema's Mick Schumacher recovering from 20th on the grid to claim the final point.

Race two result

Pos Driver Team Car Laps Gap
1 Juri Vips Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29 43m36.909s
2 Marcus Armstrong PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 29 4.679s
3 Keyvan Andres Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 29 6.883s
4 Alex Palou Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 29 7.544s
5 Ferdinand Habsburg Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 29 8.322s
6 Jehan Daruvala Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 29 10.499s
7 Marino Sato Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29 11.393s
8 Sacha Fenestraz Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 29 13.500s
9 Mick Schumacher PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 29 14.559s
10 Fabio Scherer Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29 15.177s
11 Nikita Troitskiy Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 29 15.792s
12 Guanyu Zhou PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 29 16.328s
13 Ralf Aron PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 29 18.529s
14 Jonathan Aberdein Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29 19.446s
15 Enaam Ahmed Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 29 22.089s
16 Ben Hingeley Hitech Bullfrog GP Dallara/Mercedes 29 22.116s
17 Julian Hanses ma-con Dallara/Volkswagen 29 28.849s
18 Artem Petrov Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara/Mercedes 29 33.093s
19 Petru Florescu Fortec Motorsports Dallara/Mercedes 29 38.275s
20 Sebastian Fernandez Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 29 38.381s
- Dan Ticktum Motopark Dallara/Volkswagen 0 Retirement
- Robert Shwartzman PREMA Theodore Racing Dallara/Mercedes 0 Retirement
- Ameya Vaidyanathan Carlin Dallara/Volkswagen 0 Disqualified


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