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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