Raffaele Marciello takes first F3 Euro Series victory in Hockenheim race two

Raffaele Marciello continued Prema Powerteam's strong form at Hockenheim by taking his maiden F3 Euro Series win in race two on Saturday

Raffaele Marciello takes first F3 Euro Series victory in Hockenheim race two

From third place on the reversed grid, the Italian teenager made a rocket start to overtake Tom Blomqvist off the line and then sweep around the outside of polesitter Lucas Wolf at the first corner.

The Ferrari Academy driver was never headed and gradually drew away from Fortec driver Hannes van Asseldonk - who had passed Wolf's URD Dallara-Mercedes at the Spitzkehre on the opening lap - to take victory by six seconds.

Wolf and ma-con driver Blomqvist dropped steadily backwards as the race developed, and both were easy prey for rivals that had beaten them in race one.

Mucke's Felix Rosenqvist outbraked Wolf for third at the Spitzkehre early on, and Carlin team-mates Will Buller and Carlos Sainz Jr made similar light work of both the Brit and Wolf.

Buller sat in a lonely fourth spot for most of the race, but was pressured hard by Sainz on the final lap; first at the Spitzkehre and then at the Mercedes Arena. Buller defended well however and hung on to the spot.

Behind the Carlin duo were Prema's Sven Muller and Fortec's Alex Lynn, with Prema's Michael Lewis nipping by Blomqvist late on for ninth after the American was squeezed onto the grass under braking for the Spitzkehre on the opening lap and was forced into another recovery drive.

Race one winner Daniel Juncadella (Prema) climbed from eighth to fourth within two laps, but retired in the pits early on having sustained damage in contact with Buller. The only other retiree was Philip Ellis (GU), who spun into the gravel at the Stadium entrance on the final lap.

Results - 13 laps:  Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc 20m50.142s 2. Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc + 5.976s 3. Felix Rosenqvist Prema Dallara-Merc + 6.711s 4. Will Buller Carlin Dallara-VW + 11.601s 5. Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW + 12.341s 6. Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc + 13.969s 7. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc + 16.283s 8. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc + 17.166s 9. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc + 20.499s 10. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc + 21.713s 11. Tom Blomqvist ma-con Dallara-VW + 24.041s 12. Emil Bernstorff ma-con Dallara-VW + 24.845s 13. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc + 25.222s 14. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc + 37.505s 15. Sandro Zeller Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc + 38.787s 16. Andrea Roda Jo Zeller Dallara-Merc + 39.193s 17. Philip Ellis GU Dallara-Merc + 1 lap Retirements: Daniel Juncadella Mucke Dallara-Merc 3 laps 
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