Nurburgring: Volkswagen race 2 report

Volkswagen drivers dominate Formula 3 at the Nurburgring Two one-two victories for the Volkswagen drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series: Edoardo Mortara (Italy) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) clinched a one-two exploit in Saturday's race and the...

Volkswagen drivers dominate Formula 3 at the Nurburgring

Two one-two victories for the Volkswagen drivers in the Formula 3 Euro Series: Edoardo Mortara (Italy) and Laurens Vanthoor (Belgium) clinched a one-two exploit in Saturday's race and the Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa and Marco Wittmann from Germany took places one and two on Sunday, the tenth round of the season in the DTM partner series.

In the overall standings of the international junior league Mortara with 66 points continues to be the front runner, followed by his Signature team colleague Wittmann (48) and the Briton Alexander Sims (37, Dallara-Mercedes).

Edoardo Mortara dominated the action in the first race: after securing the additional point for the pole position in qualifying, he managed an impressive start-finish victory in the 22-lap race - marking his fourth triumph in the current season. His team colleague Laurens Vanthoor from Belgium perfected the one-two win in the Eifel in the 210-hp Dallara Volkswagen. On Sunday Antonio Felix da Costa from the Volkswagen customer team Motopark Academy outperformed the whole field with a spectacular showing: on the way to turn one the Portuguese snatched the lead from Jim Pla (Dallara-Mercedes) and would not relinquish it again all the way to the finish. Rookie Felix da Costa celebrated his first victory in the Euro Series and the sixth for Volkswagen in the current season. Marco Wittmann started into the race from position four, overtook Pla on lap five and saw the chequered flag in second place.

Kris Nissen, Volkswagen Motorsport Director:
"A very good weekend for the teams and drivers with Volkswagen Power. With two one-two wins we have defended our lead of the standings and even extended it. I'm particularly happy for Timo Rumpfkeil and his Motopark Academy squad who have clinched a well-deserved victory. We're a step closer towards our aim of winning the Formula 3 Euro Series. But the season is still long."

#5 - Edoardo Mortara (Italien) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 1st place - race 1: 1st place 1 - race 2: 6th place
"I can be pleased with the weekend. The pole position and the victory on Saturday were perfect but on Sunday I didn't have a chance to overtake the rivals in front of me. I'm not completely happy with my starts, which could be better. We're going to work on that."

#6 - Marco Wittmann (Deutschland) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 5th place - race 1: 5th place - race 2: 2nd place
"My weekend didn't start in the best possible way but, in the end, I can be pleased - I've extended my advantage over my closest rivals and, basically, was just as fast as the winner on Sunday although I started on used tyres."

#13 - Antonio Felix da Costa (Portugal) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Motopark Academy
Qualifying: 7th place - race 1: 7th place - race 2: 1st place
"A great feeling to finally stand on the podium again. Our season has been pretty difficult so far and I'm primarily happy for my team which has done an outstanding job. Even though the field in the Euro Series isn't very large, it's immensely competitive and we want to build on our success."

#14 - Laurens Vanthoor (Belgien) - Volkswagen Dallara F308 - Team Signature
Qualifying: 3rd place - race 1: 2nd place - race 2: 11th place
"I was very pleased with a good qualifying and second place on Saturday - and was hoping to have finally put an end to my streak of bad luck in the first races. Unfortunately, the starter wasn't working during the start to Sunday's race and I had to be pushed into the pit lane for the repair. I'm hoping that everything will finally be going normally for me at Zandvoort."

-source: vw

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Series F3 Europe
Drivers Kris Nissen , Edoardo Mortara , Marco Wittmann , Alexander Sims , Laurens Vanthoor , Antonio Felix da Costa
Teams Volkswagen Motorsport