Spielberg European F3: Felix Rosenqvist wins truncated race two

Felix Rosenqvist made it two wins out of two in the Formula 3 European Championship at Spielberg in a second race that was shortened due to a late red flag for an accident involving Alex Lynn and Pipo Derani

Spielberg European F3: Felix Rosenqvist wins truncated race two

Swede Rosenqvist passed slow-starting polesitter Daniil Kvyat on the run to the first corner and then outbraked Lucas Wolf to take the lead at Turn 2.

After that the Mucke Motorsport driver built a big lead and was able to win by over seven seconds; reducing his deficit to championship leader Raffaele Marciello from 67.5 points to 43.5 - the equivalent of less than two race wins.

Carlin driver Kvyat passed Wolf one corner after Rosenqvist had done so and again finished second, while his rival - unlike earlier in the day - this time hung on to take his and the tiny URD team's maiden podium at this level.

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While things quickly became strung out at the front, an intense battle raged between Carlin's Nicholas Latifi and Ma-con's Sven Muller for fourth.

The battle reached a head on lap seven when Latifi ran Muller to the edge of the track under braking for Turn 3, enabling Prema driver Lucas Auer to get inside both.

Auer touched wheels with Latifi, pushing him into Muller as the three ran side-by-side towards Turn 4. Latifi and Muller then made contact with the former being launched over the front of his rival's car.

While lucky not to roll, the Canadian was out on the spot, as was Muller.

Auer, who was unscathed in the incident, quickly reduced his seven-second deficit to Wolf to just 2.4s, but could get no closer due to the race being called early.

Behind him were Fortec's Josh Hill, Carlin's Jordan King and Harry Tincknell, and EuroInternational's Tom Blomqvist, who dispatched Eddie Cheever with a neat move late on.

Prema driver Lynn's accident came after he had passed Derani's Fortec car for the final points spot at Turn 2.

The pair ran side-by-side towards the next corner with Lynn pitched across the front of his rival after making contact before the braking zone, and slamming into the barriers.

While Derani retired in the pits with damaged suspension, he was later given 11th as the result was declared the lap before the incident occurred.

That decision meant that although Marciello crossed the line in an 11th spot that would have netted him a point - with Kvyat ineligible to score - he was pushed back to 13th in the results.

Results - 19 laps (red flag): Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 27m33.431s 2. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW + 7.699s 3. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc + 12.444s 4. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc + 14.755s 5. Josh Hill Fortec Dallara-Merc + 16.269s 6. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW + 18.279s 7. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW + 18.872s 8. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc + 20.367s 9. Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc + 25.101s 10. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc + 25.516s 11. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc + 27.465s 12. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc + 27.932s 13. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc + 30.505s 14. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc + 31.066s 15. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc + 31.591s 16. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 39.155s 17. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc + 48.118s 18. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW + 49.210s 19. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 49.805s 20. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc + 51.265s 21. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc + 52.649s 22. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW + 52.860s 23. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc + 1m07.008s 24. Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc + 1m09.301s 25. Mans Grenhagen van Amersfoort Dallara-VW + 3m15.837s 26. Dennis van de Laar van Amersfoort Dallara-VW + 1 lap Retirements: Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW 7 laps Sven Muller Ma-con Dallara-VW 7 laps 
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