Rowland Holds off De Vries At The Nurburgring

Oliver Rowland managed to hold off McLaren protege Nyck De Vries in the Formula Renault 3.5 race at the Nurburgring today, in a Safety Car interrupted race this afternoon.

The Fortec driver managed to take pole position in Qualifying earlier today, converting it into a win after getting a good start off the line. De Vries meanwhile managed to get up to second, after incurring a penalty at Silverstone which put him back two places on the grid. Dillmann meanwhile got pushed out into turn one, dropping down to fifth after starting second on the grid.

WSR_Nurburgring_F1WeekendsFurther back Dean Stoneman picked up a puncture on the opening laps again, which forced him to pit for a new wing and set of boots. DAMS eventually retired his car however, for the second time in a row after picking up a similar problem in race one at Silverstone.

A couple of laps into the race Latifi attempted to overtake Celis Jr and Bonifacio, which resulted in the Arden spinning off the track and into the gravel along with the Draco Racing car. The Safety Car was called out whilst both were retrieved, and when it went back in Rowland led from De Vries and Jaafar.

Orudzhev made a move on Kanamaru for P9 heading into the final chicane on the next lap, with the Pons rookie dropping further back when Celis Jr overtook him into turn one. Three laps later Visser was now defending from Binder for P13, whilst Gelael had to defend from Panis in the background for P16.

Kanamaru meanwhile moved further down the order when Stockinger overtook him for P11, as Binder made his move on Visser for P13. She then dropped back further when Gelael and Panis made their way through into turn two.

Stockinger’s teammate Matthieu Vaxiviere was lying in fourth at this point, and closing in a slower Jaafar in the final couple of laps. It looked like he had a run into turn one with DRS, however the Lotus driver out braked himself, and allowed the Fortec driver back through as they went into turn two.

That proved to be his one and only overtaking opportunity, as Rowland took the chequered flag from De Vries, Jaafar, Vaxiviere, Dillmann, Ellinas, Fantin, Malja, Orudzhev, and Celis Jr rounding out the top ten.

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