Norisring: Erik Janis race report

Erik Janis hopes destroyed after a hit from a rival Erik Janis did not have a good Sunday at Nurenberg after he had scored the first point and regained the rookie liead on Saturday. He made a great start and led even after the Grundig corner but...

Erik Janis hopes destroyed after a hit from a rival

Erik Janis did not have a good Sunday at Nurenberg after he had scored the first point and regained the rookie liead on Saturday. He made a great start and led even after the Grundig corner but further back the track was blocked after a big collision. The race was red flagged and everyone had to wait for a restart. This time it was rolling start. Erik again led but soon was down to fourth. He was able to get back to third when he got a hit from a rival.

The Mucke Motorsport and junior Mercedes Benz driver stood crosswise on the track. He managed to get going again and it was clear that the race will reach its time limit and 11 minutes left. Erik was running without the front wing which lost in the collision that was not his fault. His Dallara Mercedes did not have any downforce and he had to work hard to keep it on the track.

A bit later started problem with gearbox and he was loosing gears. Erik had to pit and the race was soon red flagged again after another collision. The twenty years old Czech was classified 22nd. The championship continues at Zandvoort in the fortnights time. Erik Janis will head to the former F1 track as the leader of the rookie standings of the F3 Euro Series because even with today's bad luck he kept the lead in the carefully monitored standings.

Erik Janis: "It was quite a cold shower after yesterday's delight. Anyway, those things happen in racing and I have for forget about it quickly and stay focused on next races. I had very good first start. I was in the lead even after the first hairpin. However, a big collision happened behind and the race was stopped. I also had a very good rolling start. My team-mate Christian Veitoris started to push me very hard and used my slipstream to get ahead. The same did Robert Wickens an Ron Lancester. I was able to do the same in next lap. I was ahead of Lancaster and suddenly got a hit on the left. I spun and my car was lying crosswise. I eventually managed to get back to the race but was the last one and without the front wing. The car was almost without any downforce and I struggled a lot at the end of the straights. When gearbox problem started I had no other choice than to pit. Soon afterwards was the race red flegged because there was another big clash. Hopefully I will have more luck next time."

Peter Mucke: "It was just bad luck what happened today. Both his starts were very good. Especially the first one when he led the whole field after the redoubtable Grundig corner. Collisions like the one after the start are part of the motorsport. Unfortunately it was Erik today who paid the price."

-credit: erik-janis.cz

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Robert Wickens , Erik Janis , Peter Mucke
Teams Mücke Motorsport