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Nürburgring FR3.5: Sainz Jr dominates race one

Carlos Sainz Jr was joined on the podium by Moscow race winners Roberto Merhi and Sergey Sirotkin.
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Carlos Sainz Jr converted his pole position to a race one victory at the Nurburgring, extending his championship lead to a dominant fifty-eight points.

The Red Bull junior was untouchable and, in the absence of mandatory pit stops on a Saturday, led from the start. He was joined on the podium by the two Moscow race winners, Roberto Merhi and Sergey Sirotkin.

Oliver Rowland dropped from second on the grid to his eventual fourth place in the latter stages. The Fortec Motorsports duo were dominant throughout qualifying but small mistakes cost them a double podium.

Marlon Stockinger and Matias Laine maintained their qualifying positions for fifth and sixth respectively whilst a back-on-form Pietro Fantin was seventh in the only classified International Draco Racing challenger.

Oscar Tunjo was a career-best eighth for Pons Racing, outpacing the experienced duo Marco Sorensen and Zoel Amberg who completed the top ten. Meanwhile, Will Stevens was just outside the points in eleventh with Sainz Jr's team mate Norman Nato who was out of position for twelfth.

It was a day to forget for Arden Motorsport who finished outside the points. Will Buller was an early retirement and his team mate Pierre Gasly was the final classified driver in twentieth. The Red Bull junior is now falling outside of championship contention with three rounds remaining.

Formula Renault 3.5 returns tomorrow.
by Katie Grimmett



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