Prema's Lance Stroll beats Callum Ilott to second Red Bull Ring win

Lance Stroll took his second start-to-finish win of the weekend in the finale of the Formula 3 European Championship round at the Red Bull Ring

Prema's Lance Stroll beats Callum Ilott to second Red Bull Ring win

Williams protege Stroll and his Prema Powerteam Dallara-Mercedes once again led the Van Amersfoort Racing Dallara-Merc of Callum Ilott as the Canadian extended his championship advantage over the Briton.

Whereas in the second race Ilott used old rubber all-round, this time, like Stroll, he had two new Hankooks in the bag.

The safety car came out after three laps, and after the restart Ilott kept the gap within a second for a few laps.

But from mid-distance Ilott began to drop back after a warning for track limits, and Stroll was able to extend the advantage to finish 4.867 seconds in front, setting fastest lap on the last lap.

"It's never easy in a European F3 race," said Stroll.

"The start, opening laps and restart all had to go right, but yeah, it was a fantastic race and a fantastic weekend."

"It wasn't a race," said Ilott. "It was more of a case of staying within the lines.

"It's good that they're controlling it, but you're at 85 per cent - it makes it boring, to be fair."

Niko Kari held an early third place, but Motopark team-mate Joel Eriksson got a run on the Red Bull Junior on the restart.

Kari defended into Turn 1 but ran wide, costing him a few positions, while Eriksson's lost momentum allowed Maximilian Gunther and Ben Barnicoat into third and fourth places respectively.

Once in clear air, Prema man Gunther began to make inroads into Ilott's second place, but his tyres faded in the last few laps.

Barnicoat, the only one of the leading runners on four old tyres, struggled to hold a huge train behind him early on.

But the squabbling Motopark quartet of Eriksson, Sergio Sette Camara, Guan Yu Zhou and Kari - who had VAR team-mates Anthoine Hubert and Harrison Newey mixed among them - allowed Hitech GP driver Barnicoat to make a break for fourth.

NEWS UPDATE: Barnicoat penalised for safety car move

Red Bull youngster Sette Camara wriggled past Eriksson and wasn't too far adrift in fifth, while Eriksson, Zhou and Kari finished in close formation behind.

With Hubert and Newey taking drive-through penalties for track-limits offences, that allowed Prema's Ralf Aron and Mucke Motorsport's David Beckmann to complete the points finishers.

Beckmann made a strong recovery after being turned around by George Russell at Turn 2 on the opening lap, an incident that also delayed Aron and resulted in Russell's retirement.

The safety car was caused when Mikkel Jensen was forced off the track by Alessio Lorandi on the run to Turn 2, the Dane spearing into the gravel trap.

The swaying of Jensen's car on the snatch vehicle's winch rope harmlessly knocked over a marshal, to the amusement of those in the grandstands.

RESULTS - 24 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 35m15.242s
2 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing 4.867s
3 Maximilian Guenther Prema Powerteam 11.067s
4 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 14.329s
5 Ben Barnicoat Hitech GP 14.422s
6 Joel Eriksson Motopark 19.040s
7 Guanyu Zhou Motopark 19.413s
8 Niko Kari Motopark 19.872s
9 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam 26.071s
10 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam 27.450s
11 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 43.074s
12 David Beckmann kfzteile Mucke Motorsport 46.608s
13 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 46.965s
14 Nikita Mazepin Hitech GP 47.777s
15 Weiron Tan Carlin 52.876s
16 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing 56.566s
17 Alessio Lorandi Carlin 1m12.390s
18 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport 1m19.559s
- Mikkel Jensen kfzteile Mucke Motorsport Retirement
- George Russell Hitech GP Retirement
- Ryan Tveter Carlin Withdrawn
- Zhi Cong Li Carlin Withdrawn

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Lance Stroll 166
2 Callum Ilott 128
3 Maximilian Guenther 123
4 George Russell 109
5 Ben Barnicoat 86
6 Nick Cassidy 83
7 Joel Eriksson 76
8 Sergio Sette Camara 74
9 Mikkel Jensen 73
10 Ralf Aron 67
11 Guanyu Zhou 56
12 Alessio Lorandi 54
13 Niko Kari 49
14 Anthoine Hubert 19
15 Ryan Tveter 18
16 David Beckmann 12
17 Pedro Piquet 7
18 Harrison Newey 7
19 Arjun Maini 3
20 Nikita Mazepin 1
21 Raoul Hyman 1

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