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DATE News (chronologically)
07/26/08
eurof3
Hülkenberg wins and closes up in the points’ standings
Nico Hülkenberg
At the 3.629 kilometers long Nürburgring, Nico Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix) celebrated his third season win in the Formula 3 Euro Series. Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix) and Tom Dillmann (Jo Zeller Racing) occupied second and third places. In the points’ standings, Hülkenberg and Mika Mäki (Mücke Motorsport), who finished fourth in the eleventh season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series, have now closed up to four points behind leader, Edoardo Mortara (Signature-Plus). The Italian already retired in the opening stages.

At the start, both pole-sitter Christian Vietoris (Mücke Motorsport) and sixth-placed James Jakes (ART Grand Prix) stalled at their grid positions. Nico Hülkenberg led the field into the first corner, followed by his team-mate Jules Bianchi and Tom Dillmann. In this order, they took the checkered flag after 29 race laps. Behind Mäki and Dutch driver Renger van der Zande (Prema Powerteam), Daniel Ricciardo (SG Formula) had a great debut in the world’s strongest junior race series by finishing sixth. Vietoris and Jakes, who had dropped back in the field after their problems at the start, collided on lap seven while trying to catch up and retired.

Nico Hülkenberg (ART Grand Prix): “I am really happy with this result, nobody could stop me today. It is always nice when you feel all the pressure flowing away when you cross the finish line. Once again, the good qualifying, in which I was second, was the basis for this success.”

Jules Bianchi (ART Grand Prix): “After a critical start, it went well for me in the race, although not much happened for me after the start. I am very happy being back in fifth place in the championship. In my first year of Formula 3, good results are just very important.“

Tom Dillmann (Jo Zeller Racing): “For me, this third place is a great comeback in the Formula 3 Euro Series. So far, the entire weekend has been going very well, from the very first lap in Thursday’s pre-event test onwards. It really can go on like this.”

Results

Pos.  No.  Driver Nat. Entrant Make Diff. Gap
1 1 Nico Hülkenberg GER ART Grand Prix Dallara F308 Mercedes
2 24 Jules Bianchi (R) FRA ART Grand Prix Dallara F308 Mercedes 06.748 06.748
3 19 Tom Dillmann FRA Jo Zeller Racing Dallara F308 Mercedes 02.299 09.047
4 26 Mika Mäki (R) FIN Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 00.831 09.878
5 9 Renger v. d. Zande NED Prema Powerteam Dallara F308 Mercedes 07.889 17.767
6 40 Daniel Ricciardo (R) AUS SG Formula Dallara F308 Mercedes 05.570 23.337
7 25 Jon Lancaster (R) GBR ART Grand Prix Dallara F308 Mercedes 04.434 27.771
8 6 Niall Breen IRL Manor Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 01.269 29.040
9 31 Stefano Coletti (R) MON Prema Powerteam Dallara F308 Mercedes 04.418 33.458
10 21 Richard Philippe (R) FRA Carlin Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 00.068 33.526
11 29 Kazuya Oshima JPN Manor Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 00.515 34.041
12 35 Robert Wickens (R) CAN Signature-Plus Dallara F308 Volkswagen 06.648 40.689
13 30 Jean Karl Vernay FRA Signature-Plus Dallara F308 Volkswagen 03.113 43.802
14 34 Yann Clairay FRA SG Formula Dallara F308 Mercedes 01.051 44.853
15 20 Henkie Waldschmidt (R) NED SG Formula Dallara F308 Mercedes 02.202 47.055
16 32 Jens Klingmann (R) GER RC Motorsport Dallara F308 Volkswagen 01.251 48.306
17 18 Martin Plowman (R) GBR RC Motorsport Dallara F308 Volkswagen 06.363 54.669
18 8 Franck Mailleux FRA Signature-Plus Dallara F308 Volkswagen 00.642 55.311
19 27 Basil Shaaban LIB HBR Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 15.749 1:11.060
20 15 Daniel Campos-Hull (R) SPA HBR Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 03.974 1:15.034
21 22 Rodolfo Gonzalez VEN Carlin Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 00.814 1:15.848
22 5 Sam Bird GBR Manor Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 1 lap 1 lap
23 33 Cong Fu Cheng CHN RC Motorsport Dallara F308 Volkswagen 23.623 1 lap
24 2 James Jakes GBR ART Grand Prix Dallara F308 Mercedes 2 laps 3 laps
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28 Koudai Tsukakoshi JPN Manor Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 12 laps
3 Christian Vietoris GER Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 21 laps
41 Brendon Hartley NZL RC Motorsport Dallara F308 Volkswagen 24 laps
4 Erik Janis (R) CZE Mücke Motorsport Dallara F308 Mercedes 28 laps
7 Edoardo Mortara ITA Signature-Plus Dallara F308 Volkswagen 28 laps
23 Dani Clos ESP Prema Powerteam Dallara F308 Mercedes 28 laps
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