Trident’s David Schumacher took his first System 3 facets in resounding trend, controlling Saunter 2 to pick out from lights-to-flag on the Pink Bull Ring, earlier than ART Broad Prix’s Frederik Vesti.
In third, Saunter 1 winner Dennis Hauger took quite quite a bit of plaudits with his 2d podium in a row, making up nine locations from 12th to additional elevate his lead on the pinnacle of the championship.
Roman Stanek keep quite quite a bit of stress on Schumacher in the early stages of the hasten, but in the end succumbed to tyre wear and fell to fourth, appropriate earlier than Jonny Edgar, who scored his joint-finest discontinuance to this level.
After retiring from Saunter 1, Arthur Leclerc keep on one other fair appropriate restoration pressure in Saunter 2, the PREMA Racing driver making up an improbable 21 locations to sixth.
No matter working as high as 2d at one level, Hauger’s foremost Championship rival Victor Martins ended as one of 5 retirements when he reputedly misplaced vitality in the closing stages of the hasten.
AS IT HAPPENED
No matter no longer slightly pulling valid as a lot as the white P1 line, Schumacher managed to trip into the lead when the lights went out and even constructed up an early gap over Stanek. The Hitech Broad Prix racer did sufficient to protect P2 into the first turn, but appropriate couldn’t match the spin of Schumacher, who had a 0.7s advantage by the halfway level of Lap 1.
Nonetheless, all of the German’s early labor used to be undone by the introduction of a Security Automobile on the delivery of the 2d lap, after Tijmen Van der Helm clipped the lend a hand of Logan Sargeant following an overtake from the American at Turn 1.
Schumacher aced the restart, with the handiest circulate in the pinnacle 10 coming from Vesti, who stole sixth from Edgar.
Stanek had to safe his elbows out in a fight for 2d save, as Jak Crawford and Juan Manuel Correa both made attempts on the Czech driver, but neither of them may perchance well earn the strikes stick. Kaylen Frederick tried to be half of in from fifth, but came at some stage in himself on the mercy of Vesti and had to swap from attack to defence.
After working huge on his first try, Crawford peaceable himself and went again. This time, the American made the switch stick and got thru, but he used to be then taken out of rivalry with mechanical factors. His Hitech slowing to an eventual discontinuance.
Fine as Crawford ducked out, Frederick tagged Correa and despatched the duo spinning off at Turn 1. A Digital Security Automobile used to be required to safe the vehicles out of the scheme in which, with Crawford and Frederick retiring and Correa shedding to last.
Schumacher had made the quite quite a bit of the chaos on the lend a hand of him to manufacture up a 3.5s gap over Stanek, who had Martins at some stage in the lend a hand of him in third. The MP Motorsport racer dispatched of the Hitech, going at some stage in the exterior for 2d.
Vesti used to be as a lot as fourth and within touching distance of a podium. The ART Broad Prix racer used to be patient with his switch, in the end passing Stanek smoothly down the within for third.
Unhurried them, Hauger used to be on the charge all but again. The Championship chief had temporarily fallen to 14th on the delivery of the hasten, but used to be as a lot as fifth and eying up Stanek with four laps to switch. The Hitech Broad Prix driver used to be unable to cling on and handed the save over.
But the largest mover of the lot used to be Hauger’s PREMA Racing teammate, Arthur Leclerc, the Monegasque working in seventh, on the lend a hand of Edgar, after starting from 27th.
There used to be heartbreak for title challenger Martins. The MP racer used to be up from P8 and searching down Schumacher for the lead, but appropriate as he sliced the gap all the scheme in which down to 1.6s, he misplaced vitality and slowed to a discontinuance. The Frenchman’s loss used to be Hauger’s earn, the Championship chief promoted P3 and save for a 2d successive podium.
Jack Doohan obtained three locations to full seventh earlier than Enzo Fittipaldi and Olli Caldwell. No matter first and foremost qualifying 27th, Johnathan Hoggard scored 10th to slay his first level.
THE KEY QUOTE – DAVID SCHUMACHER (TRIDENT)
“That used to be an improbable hasten. It is a long way my first time on the podium, and it’s a victory. It feels improbable. Our spin used to be exquisite solid at some stage in the hasten, especially first and foremost when I used to be in a danger to drag a danger. Afterwards, it used to be about maintaining it neat and finishing the hasten.”
THE CHAMPIONSHIP VIEW
After scoring his 2d podium in a row, Hauger leads the Drivers’ Championship on 97 facets, earlier than Doohan on 72. Martins has dropped to 3rd with 66, earlier than Caldwell on 55 and Vesti on 49.
In the Groups’ Championship, PREMA are first with 174, earlier than Trident on 136 and MP Motorsport on 101. ART Broad Prix are fourth with 97 and Hitech Broad Prix fifth with 30.