Nick Cassidy scores breakthrough European Formula 3 victory

Nick Cassidy took his first win in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Circuit Park Zandvoort, converting a front row start into his first victory with the Prema Powerteam.


After taking his maiden pole position in race one, Cassidy started from second on the grid for race two alongside Englishman and former Toyota Racing Series driver Callum Ilott. Cassidy was on the dirty side of the road, but had the inside line heading into turn one.


Cassidy made the best possible start and ran side-by-side with Ilott on the run down to turn one. He took the lead into turn one and ran the Van Amersfoort Racing driver out wide.


Ilott lost another position to make it a 1-2 for the Prema Powerteam, Max Gunther in second.


Race one winner, and Prema Powerteam teammate, Lance Stroll started from the rear of the grid and looked good to make his way through the field. However, his day came to a premature end as a mechanical failure forced his retirement.


Cassidy came under pressure in the opening laps from Gunther but the Kiwi maintained his lead at a little under a second.

The top-three drivers separated themselves from the rest of the field early one and stretched their legs as the race wore on.


In what was a relatively uneventful race, Cassidy kept Gunther at bay for the duration of the 33 minute race.


Ultimately the Kiwi held on to take his first victory of the season after a string of second place finishes in the championship. Pumping his fists and weaving his car along the front straight, the Kiwi celebrated the long awaited win.


“Taking victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship is a really good feeling, I am overjoyed," said Cassidy.


"This victory is for my team and for all those who are supporting me. So far, things haven’t always been going trouble-free for me this season, which was down to factors beyond my control and also beyond control of the team.


"Today, I already knew prior to the start that the first corner would probably be my only chance to overtake Callum, who was ahead of me on the grid. After that, my race wasn’t easy either, because Maximilian was quite quick behind me. Eventually, it was enough and I am really happy.”


The final race of the weekend takes place at 1:30am Monday morning. 


Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship