Motopark’s Juri Vips enjoyed a lights-to-flag victory in the second European Formula 3 race of the weekend at Misano.
The Estonian had to hold off Enaam Ahmed at the start after the Hitech driver got off the line faster, but was able to hold onto the top spot exiting the first turn.
Ahmed’s team-mate Alex Palou made his way into second place and was the closest competitor to Vips during the race, getting within striking distance.
However Palou wasn’t able to make a move stick, with Vips winning his third race of the 2018 European F3 season.
Vips now moves into second in the drivers’ championship ahead of Marcus Armstrong, with the Prema driver struggling to get off the line at the start of the race and only finishing down in 13th.
Race one winner Mick Schumacher made his way up the order during the first third of the race, with a 2.6s gap to Palou in second with 19 minutes to go.
The German crossed the line still in third but only one second behind Palou and 1.544s off race winner Vips.
Ahmed crossed the line in fourth, but due to being given a five-second time penalty for exceeding track limit fell down the order to sixth.
This elevated current championship leader Dan Ticktum to fourth place having started the race from 11th. Ralf Aron also benefitted from the penalty, grabbing fifth place by 0.091s after Ahmed’s penalty was added to his time.
Ferdinand Habsburg held off Robert Shwartzman to cross the line in seventh, with Shwartzman having to settle for eighth after finishing the first race on the podium in third.
The top 10 was rounded off by Sacha Fenestraz and Fabio Scherer in ninth and tenth respectively.
Guan Yu Zhou also had a difficult race, the Prema driver only able to finish in 11th and 18 seconds behind Vips.