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Tio Ellinas soared from fifth to his second Formula Renault 3.5 win at an eventful seventh round of the championship at Germany's Nurburgring.

The dramatic 22 laps saw championship leader Oliver Rowland spin at turn one and a damp track affect tactical decisions in Sunday's race two. It was Cypriot racer Ellinas who was the first to take his mandatory pit stop and capitalised to lead a Strakka Racing 1-2, just one week after his last victory at the team's home circuit of Silverstone.

Rookie Gustav Malja was second in his number 11 challenger and just ten seconds behind his stablemate with consistent lapping helping the 19-year-old take his second podium of the season. Nyck de Vries put up a tough fight to finish a strong third. The DAMS racer took an ill-judged tactical risk to start the damp race on wet tyres which eventually cost him positions early in the race. This second consecutive podium pushes the Dutch teenager to third in the driver standings.

Alfonso Celis Jr was a surprise fourth for AVF, for their best finish of the season, with Hungary race winner Egor Orudzhev fifth and fellow rookie Dean Stoneman sixth. Meanwhile, Marlon Stockinger improved drastically on his 18th grid slot to finish seventh as the best Lotus driver of the race with Roberto Merhi's replacement, debutant Rene Binder, a respectable eighth for Pons Racing.

Long-time leader Pietro Fantin was partly hindered by a safety car closing the gap to his rivals and eventually settled for ninth after a last-minute pit stop cost him positions in the latter stages. Fantin was gifted the lead after a turn one spin from championship leader Rowland. The Brazilian, now contesting his third FR3.5 season, was the last man on track to pit, ultimately dropping down the points.

After an eventful race, Rowland was able to salvage a single point for Fortec Motorsports. Initially dropping from first to 15th by the end of lap one, the Racing Steps Foundation backed driver put his experience to good use to fight for a podium finish. However the 23-year-old, who pitted on lap 12, endured a slow pit stop forcing him into tenth place. Crucially for the championship standings, his main rival Matthieu Vaxiviere was 11th and out of the points in the second Lotus.

 

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