Double Victory for Speed
Saturday afternoon we had sun over Hockenheim and drama on the track. Fleming (Jenzer Motorsport) kept his cool as the lights turned green, while Speed (Motopark Academy) piled the pressure on Pagenaud (Graff Racing) and finally moved past the Frenchman. Kochem (Jenzer Motorsport) and Strouss attempted the same manoeuvre, but with less success, and at the end of lap one it was a US one-two, as Fleming and Speed took control of the race.
Further back the drama was just as intense, with Kochem and Strouss wheel to wheel in their fight for fifth. Baibodorov's race ended in spectacular style, the driver luckily escaping unharmed.
In an unusual twist, Speed caught right up with Fleming on lap 5 and moved into the lead. Fleming was now lapping a full two seconds slower than his countryman, with France's Pagenaud in his mirrors. The road was now open for Speed, winner here this morning, and the American's lead increased with every lap.
Fleming stayed a respectable distance behind the leader, while Kofler (JD Motorsport) unfortunate in race 1 was lapping faster than Pagenaud, but unable to move past him.
Further down the field the battle was also raging, with Meijer (AR Motorsport) going all guns blazing. On lap 10, Fleming's fortune took a turn for the worse, as the poleman fell right back and finally came into the pits for good on the following lap. Pagenaud settled in second position and pulled away from Kofler.
Speed continued his one man show, and it looked like downhill all the way to a double race win. Further back, Claesens, Walz, Leirilaakso and Ferrara were locked in a battle for maximum points. On lap 11, Kochem's excellent form continued, taking him past Kofler and charging hard to catch Pagenaud, in the hope of a repeat of this morning's performance.
Behind these two, Meijer was closing in fast, riding the rumble strips and constantly on the attack. As they came around for lap 13, the Dutchman was in fifth position.
At the front the gap had levelled, Speed maintaining a good pace that only Pagenaud and Kochem could match. Claessens was piling pressure on Meijer, while Strouss spun.
Speed finally took the chequered flag, in front of Pagenaud and Kochem. An amazing weekend for these three drivers, who took all three podium place in both races. As for Pagenaud, he leaves Hockenheim at the top of the championship standings.
<pre> Race 2 Classification. 1) Speed 28'37''055 2) Pagenaud à 04''002 3) Kochem à 04''978 4) Kofler à 10''868 5) Meijer à 11''248 6) Claessens à 15''884 7) Walz à 16''741 8) Rocha à 17''238 9) Leirilaakso à 20''315 10) Strouss à 20''830
General classification after Round 4 1) Pagenaud Graff Racing 142 2) Speed Motopark Academy 126 3) Maldonado Cram Competition 100 4) Kochem Jenzer Motorsport 96 5) Moreau SG Formula 92 6) Kofler JD Motorsport 88 7) Clairay SG Formula 66 8) Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 60 9) Walz Motopark Academy 54 10) Meijer AR Motorsport 54