15 Jun Rowland wins in Hungary
Although the first race of the weekend was not as successful as hoped, Oliver Rowland made up his losses during the second race, gaining victory while increasing his championship lead by sixteen points.
Starting in pole position, Rowland got off to a disappointing start, falling down to third after Orudzhev and Vaxiviere managed to get past. Determined to gain back the places, Rowland charge ahead, overtaking Vaxiveire into second. Jazeman Jaafar, after starting the race in forth, sustained a puncture resulting in an early visit to he pits.
Rowland continued to chase Orudzhez to take back the lead and by mid-way through the race, had closed the gap to just 0.4s. The duo continued battle through to the final lap while Merhi had been able to forge ahead to become part of the battle for first. Rowland, coming under huge amounts of pressure from Merhi, lost the place in the closing stages of the race resulting in third on the podium. Jaafar crossed the line in eighteenth.
The second race saw am outstanding move from Rowland off the starting line. As he launched forward, Rowland was able to swerve around Jaafar before cutting back to the inside gaining the race lead. Vaxiviere, having been overtaken by Rowland in the first corner, was quick on Rowland’s tail but Rowland kept a good pace to increase his lead.
Jaafar, caught in the first corner, dropped back but a strategic decision by the team to pit early proved successful. Jaafar came out in ninth but after the preceeding drivers Dillmann, Merhi and Stoneman had gone into the pits, Jaafar was up to fifth.
Rowland and Vaxiviere continued to battle at the front of the grid, but Rowland kept strong and defended against a number of moves from Vaxiviere. A remarkable stop from Rowland saw him continue to lead the race as he exited the pits. Meanwhile, Jaafar was also quick, moving up into fourth.
While Rowland continued to keep the fierce Vaxiviere at bay, Jaafar was on the attack, putting pressure on Malja for third. Into the closing stages of the race, Rowland had increased the gap by over a second before crossing the line and taking the win in Hungary. Jaafar, after fighting hard, crossed the line in a close fourth place.