PREMA Racing’s Dennis Hauger accomplished a grand elevate from 12th on the grid in Trudge 1 at Spielberg, making the most of a late collision between prolonged-time mosey leaders Matteo Nannini and Clément Novalak.
Winning on home soil for the Purple Bull Junior Crew, Hauger crossed the line sooner than teammate Olli Caldwell and Charouz Racing Plan’s Logan Sargeant to prolong his lead at the pause of the Drivers’ Championship.
After losing reverse grid pole off the line, Sargeant had spent the bulk of the mosey locked in a three-man brawl for first with Nannini and Novalak, while Hauger quietly picked his formula via the pack. The American struggled to support the bound, though, and fell at the support of Hauger and Caldwell real as Nannini dramatically collided with Novalak at the entrance.
AS IT HAPPENED
A abnormal on the entrance row all the absolute top contrivance via his 2020 title anxiousness with PREMA Racing, Sargeant used to be lining up from pole for the first time with Charouz, nonetheless the American gave the affect out of educate, losing down to second when the lights went out. Sargeant at the origin got off smartly, nonetheless Nannini’s originate used to be simply stronger, with the HWA RACELAB ace braver on the brakes into the second turn.
Arthur Leclerc didn’t enjoy the form of originate he’d maintain envisaged either, the PREMA struggling to getaway and falling from fourth to P8 off the line. Making up the most areas used to be Novalak, the Trident bolting from seventh to third.
No longer that the field had been allowed to salvage into any enjoy of rhythm, as a Virtual Security Vehicle used to be required when Ido Cohen pulled to a stop for the second session in a row.
When action resumed, the Championship entrance three had been locked in a fight for fifth, with Victor Martins main Jack Doohan and Hauger, the PREMA impressively up from 12th. Uncharacteristically, Martins seemed to crack below tension and suffered a huge second, losing down to seventh.
On the entrance, Nannini had been unable to turn out to be self reliant from from Sargeant and the American temporarily reclaimed the online site, nonetheless his transfer sparked a three-formula brawl with Novalak getting eager from third. Going three-broad, Nannini came out on high with Novalak up to second.
The trio persevered to change areas and for a second it used to be Novalak in first, nonetheless by Lap 14, expose had been restored and Nannini used to be the leader as soon as extra, followed by Sargeant and Novalak.
Leclerc’s mosey wasn’t getting any better, with the Monegasque working broad and grazing the wall, before later retiring from the pits. Things had been looking out severely better for his teammate, Hauger, the Norwegian barging previous Doohan, Caldwell and Sargeant to salvage a podium space. Caldwell used to be ready to apply his teammate via rapidly after, making light work of the Charouz, while Doohan dropped down to ninth.
The Championship leader can also smartly maintain been yell alongside with his lot, nonetheless used to be gifted first when Nannini clipped the support of Novalak all the absolute top contrivance via a fight for the lead and threw the pair of them into the gravel. Steering particular of trouble, Hauger pulled away with Caldwell in tow.
Nannini managed to recuperate for eighth, at the support of Doohan, nonetheless Novalak used to be plunged out of competition before within the smash retiring. Impulsively returning to a podium web page, Sargeant crossed the line with a resounding 2.6s advantage over Martins.
There used to be diverse extra dash interior of the pause 10 all the absolute top contrivance via a chaotic final few laps, with Jak Crawford and Caio Collet up to fifth and sixth, having started alongside every diversified in P8 and P9. After a assortment of spectacular overtakes, Ayumu Iwasa finished in ninth, 10 areas up from the set he started, while Alex Smolyar accomplished the pause 10.
After beginning 18th, Jonny Edgar secured himself reverse grid pole with a P12 attain at the flag, which implies that he’ll originate on the entrance row sooner than Enzo Fittipaldi, who used to be 11th.
THE KEY QUOTE – DENNIS HAUGER (PREMA RACING)
“I’m in actuality cheerful with the elevate. I started P12 and finished in P1 with diverse struggling with alongside the vogue. I real want to support the rhythm now going into Trudge 2. I’ll support pushing.”
THE CHAMPIONSHIP VIEW
Hauger extends his aspects tally at the pause of the Drivers’ Championship to 87 aspects, sooner than Martins on 68 and Doohan on 62. Caldwell is up to third with 53 and Novalak is fifth with 49.
Within the Teams’ title fight, PREMA are first on 155 aspects, sooner than Trident on 111, with MP Motorsport in third with 108. ART are fourth with 82 aspects and Charouz are fifth with 28.