Zandvoort European F3: Rosenqvist denies Lynn in race two

Felix Rosenqvist won the second race of the Formula 3 European Championship weekend at Zandvoort after holding off a late challenge from Alex Lynn

Zandvoort European F3: Rosenqvist denies Lynn in race two

Poleman Rosenqvist led all the way, via two safety cars, and looked to have a comfortable advantage until Lynn began to erode it with a few laps left.

But on such a downforce-dependent circuit Lynn found it difficult to close right onto Rosenqvist's tail, and the Swede stayed calm to win in his Mucke Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes.

The result was especially significant as Lynn's Prema team-mate, championship leader Raffaele Marciello, stalled at the start and spent the race mired in the midfield, finishing 16th. Rosenqvist's deficit to the Italian is now down to 34.5 points.

"A good day - 50 points," said Rosenqvist. "Our approach was to go really quick at the beginning, and I was trying to make a big gap but unfortunately there was a safety car and I couldn't use that gap. Each time the safety car came out my tyres got worse compared to Alex's and I struggled a bit."

Daniil Kvyat lost out to third qualifier Lynn at the start, and spent most of the race under pressure from Carlin team-mate Jordan King. Just behind them, Fortec Motorsport driver Pipo Derani fought off Carlin's Harry Tincknell, with the Van Amersfoort Racing car of Sven Muller looming to their rear.

Tom Blomqvist finished eighth, while Mitchell Gilbert got himself on the points-score card for the second race weekend in succession with ninth, with Alexander Sims closing on both of them in 10th.

The first safety car was caused when Antonio Giovinazzi and Eddie Cheever waltzed into the barriers together on the first lap at Gerlachbocht, and the second was for a spin by Lucas Wolf, which caused Marciello to run off the road in avoidance.

Another incident accounted for Felix Serralles, who crashed out for the second time today.

The other Briton in the race, Jann Mardenborough, ran on the fringes of the points but lost time in one incident and then crashed on the final lap.

Results - 18 laps: Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc 30m52.010s 2. Alex Lynn Prema Dallara-Merc +0.723s 3. Daniil Kvyat Carlin Dallara-VW +5.708s 4. Jordan King Carlin Dallara-VW +6.236s 5. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc +7.046s 6. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW +7.223s 7. Sven Muller Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +8.247s 8. Tom Blomqvist Eurointernational Dallara-Merc +9.782s 9. Mitchell Gilbert Mucke Dallara-Merc +10.609s 10. Alexander Sims T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +11.090s 11. Nicholas Latifi Carlin Dallara-VW +11.738s 12. Lucas Auer Prema Dallara-Merc +13.718s 13. Michael Lewis Mucke Dallara-Merc +17.363s 14. Roy Nissany Mucke Dallara-Merc +18.782s 15. Dennis van de Laar Van Amersfoort Dallara-VW +19.469s 16. Raffaele Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc +20.658s 17. Alfonso Celis Fortec Dallara-Merc +23.295s 18. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Nissan +24.055s 19. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc +36.343s 20. Sean Gelael Double R Dallara-Merc +36.378s 21. Andre Rudersdorf Ma-con Dallara-VW +36.745s 22. Tatiana Calderon Double R Dallara-Merc +37.299s 23. Jann Mardenborough Carlin Dallara-VW + 1 lap 24. Lucas Wolf Dallara-Merc + 1 lap Retirements: Eddie Cheever Prema Dallara-Merc 0 laps Antonio Giovinazzi Double R Dallara-Merc 0 laps Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc 0 laps 


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