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May 19, 2012
F3 Euro: Marciello Victorious at Brands Hatch

Raffaele Marciello took over the championship lead with the race one win at Brands Hatch (Photo: Formula 3 Euro Series)
Raffaele Marciello took over the championship lead with the race one win at Brands Hatch
(Photo: Formula 3 Euro Series)

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) has won the fourth season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series at the 1.929-km long Brands Hatch Indy circuit on Saturday (May 19), also taking the fifth round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. Daniel Juncadalla (Prema Powerteam) and Michael Lewis (Prema Powerteam) completed the lock-out of the podium for the Italian Prema Powerteam. Juncadella is now leading in the Formula 3 Euro Series drivers’ standings, while Marciello is on top in the European Formula 3 championship.

The Italian Marciello, who is backed by the Ferrari Formula One team, laid the basis for his second Formula 3 Euro Series race win right after the start, when he overtook Juncadella, who had started from pole position. Subsequently, both Prema drivers pulled clear from the rest of the field, led by Michael Lewis. At times, the American was put under pressure by Carlos Sainz Jr. (Carlin), but he succeeded in bringing his maiden Euro Series podium finish home. The two German junior drivers Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) and Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam) ended up fifth and sixth respectively as the best-placed rookie drivers in the field.

"I am very happy with this victory upon my debut at Brands Hatch," stated Marciello. "It wasn’t an easy race, because Daniel was very quick behind me. I couldn’t make a single mistake, because then he would have overtaken me right away."

The Formula 3 Euro Series action continues at the Brands Hatch Circuit on Saturday (May 19), with race two of the tripleheader.

The top-three, along with how the North American racers did, will be posted following every session on the EFCN Facebook page, and EFCN Twitter page.

Full Formula 3 Euro Series Race results available HERE
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