Further championship points for Markus Pommer at Red Bull Ring

Further championship points for Markus Pommer at Red Bull Ring

07.06.2014: The third of eight rounds of the ATS Formula 3 Cup kicked of with the




The third of eight rounds of the ATS Formula 3 Cup kicked of with the first race of the weekend. Eleven drivers from nine countries battled for further championship points in the support programme of the ADAC GT Masters. The conditions were perfect considering the temperatures of about 24 degrees Celsius, but the 4.326-km track proved to be no easy task.


Markus Pommer from Team Lotus put in another fantastic performance, claiming his first win at Red Bull Ring. Nabil Jeffri from Motopark took the chequered flag second. Indy Dontje from Team Lotus finished third in the first race. Exciting battles dominated the field in race one.


Since Briton Sam MacLeod (Van Amersfoort Racing) made a jump start from his second start position, pole-sitter Markus Pommer from Neckarsulm (Lotus) dropped to second. Following MacLeod's drive-through penalty the 23-year old moved up to the top. Malaysian Weiron Tan (Van Amersfoort Racing / all in Dallara F311 Volkswagen) maintained his third place for quite a while.


American Santino Ferrucci (Eurointernational / Dallara F311 Mercedes) made an impression in fourth place, but learned the hard way when Malaysian Nabil Jeffri (Motopark) passed him. Dutchman Indy Dontje (Lotus / both Dallara F311 Volkswagen) followed suit with an overtaking manoeuvre straight out of the textbook. MacLeod gave everything to push forward moving up to sixth in the end.


The drivers at the top maintained a similar pace during the final laps of the 30- minute race. They would only have been able to kick themselves out of the race, while the field behind them was dominated by exciting battles. Pommer claimed the victory ahead of Dontje who extended his lead in the rookie ranking.


Hackl in pole position


Maximilian Hackl (Amkon Motorsport / Dallara F311 OPC) will be the pole-sitter for the reversed-grid race this afternoon at 3.15. The driver from Ruderting took the chequered flag eighth in race 1. The three winners of race 2 will take part in an autograph session at Bull's Lane at 4 p.m.


Markus Pommer
: “Sam had an incredible pace at first. It would have been a tough battle. Nabil and I had the same pace. I just tried to keep within the track limits to avoid a drive-through penalty. I basically focused on that.”


Nabil Jeffri
: “After Lausitzring I am very happy with my second place, the points are so important. I try to finish in the top 3 as often as possible, that's my target and I am very confident. My pace is very good.”


Indy Dontje
: “It's good to be on the podium again. I had a bad start but I could back up a little bit. I got a warning, but now I am back fulle pulle. Let's see what happens in race 2.”
  
     
        
          
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