Dennis Hauger has one hand on the title after a dominant Flee 3 clutch in Zandvoort, beating Clément Novalak and Alex Smolyar by more than five seconds, the pair gifted a podium with three laps to head when Victor Martins level-headed 2nd-positioned, David Schumacher.
Two of these final three laps were spent below a Digital Safety Vehicle, with Martins handed a 10s penalty for the collision that took Schumacher out of the disappear. Martins dropped to tenth as Novalak claimed his 2nd podium of the weekend, sooner than Smolyar.
Hauger used to be already successfully in entrance and plight the fastest lap to add an extra 27 system to his Championship lead with one round to head. The PREMA’s valuable rival, Jack Doohan, completed sooner than Caio Collet in fourth, unable to search out a potential onto the podium.
AS IT HAPPENED
On a sunny morning on the Dutch shoreline, Hauger arrived at the valuable flip with the lead after dismissing an strive from Schumacher to fee in entrance. The tip three all completed the outlet lap as they started it, with Martins third, nonetheless Doohan dropped to sixth after a sluggish getaway, shedding spots to Novalak and Smolyar.
Collet fell three locations at some stage in a fancy getaway, nonetheless the MP Motorsport driver bought to work reclaiming them on Lap 2, selecting off Logan Sargeant for eighth.
After successful Flee 2 from fifth, Martins used to be doing his handiest to repeat that efficiency, hounding the wait on of Schumacher into Turn 1. The German used to be appropriate over a 2nd wait on from Hauger and without DRS nonetheless by hook or by crook managed to cling onto 2nd despite a lock-up at Turn 1.
Crawford used to be struggling for grip in seventh and misplaced the wait on of Doohan, with the Australian keen out of DRS range, and this allowed Collet to jump the American. Sargeant followed him via rapidly after, pushing the Hitech down to eighth.
After loads of laps of chasing, Schumacher had fully misplaced the disappear chief, with Hauger scampering off into the distance and elevate a 3.4s lead. The Trident used to be still managing to raise Martins at bay, though, with MP asking the Frenchman for a “mega” final few laps.
The disappear felt as if it had been a miniature bit quiet for F3, nonetheless with appropriate three laps to head, Martins sparked a dramatic final stint. Making an try to give his personnel the “mega” final laps they requested for, the Frenchman braved a final gasp switch on Schumacher at Turn 3, nonetheless clipped the wait on of the Trident and despatched the German spinning off target.
Novalak dashed into 2nd as a wretched Schumacher clambered out of his Trident. Martins managed to raise on intention and retained P3 nonetheless used to be handed a 10s-time penalty for causing the collision, which dropped him to tenth.
After a two-lap stint below Digital Safety Vehicle cases, the field were given one final lap to alternate the bid. Hauger used to be more than 5s ahead, though, and handed the chequered flag first to clinch his fourth clutch of the season.
Novalak followed, with Smolyar taking third after Martins’ penalty, the Russian up five locations from his beginning suppose of eighth. Doohan and Collet completed the tip five, followed by Sargeant, Crawford, Vesti and Arthur Leclerc.
KEY QUOTE – DENNIS HAUGER (PREMA RACING)
“I’m in actual fact chuffed with the quit consequence, it’s gargantuan for the Championship. It has been an up and down weekend general, nonetheless I’m in actual fact chuffed to construct up the climate within the quit. We’ll be pleased keen ahead for Sochi now.”
THE CHAMPIONSHIP VIEW
Hauger remains at the tip of the standings on 193 system, 43 sooner than Doohan in 2nd, with Novalak now third on 122. Martins is fourth with 117 system, tied with Vesti, nonetheless ahead on countback.
Within the Groups’ Championship, PREMA are first with 352 system, sooner than Trident who beget 327. ART Succesful Prix are third with 233 and MP Motorsport fourth with 204. Hitech Succesful Prix are fifth with 113 system.