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August 03, 2013
German F3: First Win for Jäger in Germany
 

Thomas Jager exited race two of the Nurburgring tripleheader with his first series win (Photo: ATS Formel 3 Cup)
Thomas Jager exited race two of the Nurburgring tripleheader with his first series win
(Photo: ATS Formel 3 Cup)

The second race of Saturday (August 3) at the Nurburgring was probably the most thrilling of the ATS Formel 3 Cup so far. The top group battled hard against each other for 20 minutes, diverting all attention away from the rest of the grid. Austrian Thomas Jäger succeeded in the tough battle at the 3.618-km track, taking his first win in series. Sebastian Balthasar from Cologne claimed the top place on the podium in the Trophy ranking.

Jäger (Performance Racing) grabbed the lead directly after the start, leaving Swiss Thomas Amweg (CR Racing Team) and Italian Matteo Cairoli (ADM Motorsport) behind him. Pushing forward from his sixth start position, Russian Artem Markelov (Lotus) grabbed the second place after only four laps. Marvin Kirchhöfer from Leipzig (Lotus) followed suit by gaining several places within a single lap, and put pressure on the driver from Moscow. In turn, he made life hard for the driver from Vienna. However, all three fought hard and pulled no punches. Benefiting from the battles behind him, Jäger managed to break away. Still, Kirchhöfer continued to put him under pressure. In the end, Jäger succeeded, winning his first ATS Formel 3 Cup race. Kirchhöfer in second place scored essential points; Markelov secured the third place. American Gustavo Menezes (Van Amersfoort Racing) came home in eighth. Records were broken again, as Kirchhöfer beat his own record from earlier this morning, 1.20:812 being his fastest lap.

Amweg dropped from the pole position to eighth in the overall standings after his start. However, he defended the lead in the Trophy ranking until Sebastian Balthasar from Cologne (GU-Racing) grabbed the victory again. Freddy Killensberger from Wortelstetten (GU-Racing) claimed another third place.

"It is an incredible feeling, since the result of the first race was not so great," stated Jager. "I managed to defend myself against a few attacks from Artem. Tomorrow I will focus fully and will fight for a place on the podium."

The ATS Formel 3 Cup tripleheader at the Nurburgring concludes on Saturday (August 4).

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 results HERE
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