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Double victory for Artem Markelov at Lausitzring

Double victory for Artem Markelov at Lausitzring

01.09.2013: It looked like rain but the weather played along in the third race




It looked like rain but the weather played along in the third race of the weekend at Lausitzring. 16 drivers from ten countries put in a fantastic performance at the 3.442-km track, even though one clearly stood ou
t.


Starting into the race from the last place, he carved his way through the field: championship leader Marvin Kirchhöfer. However, Russian Artem Markelov scored the victory again. Sebastian Balthasar from Cologne continued to extend his lead after another win.


Artem Markelov from Moscow had a good start. The 18-year old passed pole sitter Emil Bernstorff (both Lotus / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) in the first turn after a closely fought manoeuvre. Swede John Bryant-Meisner (Performance Racing / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) defended his third place and took Bernstorff for second later on.


Marvin Kirchhöfer from Leipzig (Lotus / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine), who started from the last place following his earlier disqualification, was able to push forward into the middle of the field. He closed the gap to the fifth place behind American Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing / Dallara F311 Volkswagen Power Engine) within four laps.


Bernstorff did not keep up during the first tries to lap. Menezes and Kirchhöfer slipped through. The driver from Leipzig passed the Californian, benefiting from his slipstream. Just one lap later he also overtook Bryant- Meisner.


Markelov grabbed the first place in a heart-stopping finish, scoring his second victory of the weekend. Kirchhöfer followed in second place. Bryant- Meisner drove across the finish line in third.



Balthasar triumphed in the Trophy ranking


Sebastian Balthasar from Cologne (GU-Racing / Dallara F311 Mercedes) had a good start and took the chequered flag ahead of his competitors. Austrian Christopher Höher (Franz Wöss Racing / Dallara F307 OPC Challenge) grabbed another impressive second place.


Freddy Killensberger from Wortelstetten (GURacing / Dallara F307 OPC-Challenge) claimed the third place.




Artem Markelov:
“I am even happier with my first place. I want to achieve the same at the next racing weekend. I trust my team. They do a brilliant job. Thank you for that.”


Marvin Kirchhöfer:
“It was a tactical race with the push-to-pass system. Unfortunately, it was not enough for Artem. But I'd never have thought that I'd be able to push forward to second from the last place. I’m very pleased!”


John Bryant-Meisner
: “It is great to be back on the podium. We had quite a few difficulties. Still, we were really fast this weekend and could have scored podium places every time.”


Sebastian Balthasar:
“I gained two places at the start. During the race I tried to be consistent and was only just over a second slower than the Cup cars ahead of me. We are very pleased with the weekend.”


2013 SONAX Rookie ranking



Marvin Kirchhöfer remains in the lead of the SONAX Rookie ranking, havingscored 398 points so far. Gustavo Menezes follows in second (239 points) and John Bryant-Meisner in third place (205 points).


ATS Formula 3 Cup team ranking


There is no change in the newly established team ranking either. Lotus is in the lead, having scored 400 points. Performance Racing remains in second place, 262 points. The Van Amersfoort Racing teams follows in third place, 261 points.




Points scored in 21 races of the 2013 ATS Formula 3 Cup (top 10):


1 Marvin Kirchhöfer / DEU 383
2 Artem Markelov / RUS 289
3 Emil Bernstorff / GBR 259
4 Gustavo Menezes / USA 172
5 John Bryant-Meisner / SWE 151
6 Thomas Jäger / AUT 117
7 Matteo Cairoli / ITA 88
8 Nabil Jeffri / MYS 55
9 Yannick Mettler / CHE 46
10 Sebastian Balthasar / DEU 44




Off the track



They were the secret favourites of the weekend: Tanja and Helmut Perchtold. The Austrian was the 1,000th fan of the Facebook page which won him a package for Lausitzring. The Styrian and his daughter were invited to an exclusive insider interview with Marvin Kirchhöfer today.


However, the action kicked off on Friday with a live interview with the commentator and a guided tour through the media centre. The programme also included a visit of the race control facilities and an invitation to the ATS Formula 3 Cup & MINI Trophy barbecue.


Tanja also had a special task; she waved the chequered flag in the reversed-grid race on Saturday. The absolute highlight was flying in a Cessna over Lausitzring during the third race of the ATS Formula 3 Cup. “We had a fantastic and unforgettable weekend,” says a happy Tanja and Helmut adds,


 “We would like to thank the Formula 3 Association and all racing teams, who welcomed us warmly.” There will be more competitions on the ATS Formula 3 Cup Facebook page at www.facebook.com/formel3cup in the future.



The ATS Formula 3 Cup on TV



The “ran racing” magazine programme on Kabel1 will include two minutes about the ATS Formula 3 Cup. The programme is broadcast after the racing weekends, on Mondays from 02:08 to 02.23 a.m., with a repeat on Tuesdays from 02:10 to 02.25 a.m. The Sport1 Magazine also shows four minutes of highlights of the ATS Formula 3 Cup. The next programme will be shown on Saturday, September 7th, from 1.30 to 2.30 p.m. in conjunction with the ADAC GT Masters.



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