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Oliver Rowland led a Fortec Motorsports 1-3 to convert his pole position for a race one win at the Nurburgring during the seventh round of the Formula Renault 3.5 championship.

The championship leader started well for the British outfit to take his sixth win of the season at the historic German circuit. Rowland is now closing in on reigning champion Carlos Sainz's record - the Spaniard remains the only driver to win seven FR3.5 races in a single season.

It was an eventful lap with McLaren junior Nyck de Vries climbing from fourth to his original qualifying position of second, thus counteracting his two place grid drop for causing a collision in Silverstone.The rookie maintained his position, often matching Rowland's times, to score his first podium since the Red Bull Ring in July.

Monaco race winner Jazeman Jaafar showed a return to form for third in the second Fortec, fighting with fourth-placed Matthieu Vaxiviere in the Lotus. The gap between the pairing was closed once the safety car was called on lap nine to remove the stranded cars of both Nicholas Latifi and Bruno Bonifacio from the gravel. A particular highlight came on the final lap when the Frenchman went just wide during a last-minute overtake attempt.

Meanwhile, Tom Dillmann and Tio Ellinas both endured tough first laps and lost potential podium finishes, dropping to fifth and sixth respectively. FR3.5 veteran Pietro Fantin led a long-line of rookies in seventh, greeting the chequered flag just before Gustav Malja, Egor Orudzhev and Alfonso Celis Jr.

Marlon Stockinger - who returns to the Lotus cockpit in place of Meindert van Buuren - just missed out on points in 11th while debutant Yu Kanamaru put in a respectable performance for 12th in his first outing for Pons Racing. He in turn replaces the 2014 Nurburgring race winner, Roberto Merhi, who prematurely ended his FR3.5 title campaign last week to focus his efforts on his debut F1 season with Manor.

Dean Stoneman was under investigation for leaving the track and gaining an advantage but was forced to retire on lap four. The DAMS racer, who started eighth on the grid, recored the best time of any first sector before his race came to a premature end.

 

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