Sensational drive as Cassidy goes from 19th to 4th in race two

Nick Cassidy made a storming drive in the second FIA European Formula 3 Championship race at the Norisring overnight.


After taking third in the opening race, the Kiwi started from a lowly 19th on the grid after a driveline failure meant he couldn’t participate in the second and third qualifying sessions.


Again it was former Toyota Racing Series (TRS) driver Lance Stroll starting on the front row, but it was Antoine Hubert on pole this time around.


The opening lap saw Cassidy quickly make ground as he moved from 19th to 17th by the completion of lap one. Just a lap later Cassidy demoted Newey to 17th as the Kiwi looked to move into the top-15.


Cassidy benefitted from an incident immediately ahead of him as Allessio Lorandi came to blows with another driver exiting turn one. Just moments later, Championship contender Ben Barnicoat went rearward into the wall at turn three.


The safety car was sent out to retrieve the stricken car, and with 22 minutes remaining Cassidy sat a respectable 12th.


Cassidy made quick work of Beckmann two laps after the race returned to green flag running. Soon after, he was past Ilott at turn one.


Divebombs were aplenty in race one, but had been scarce in race two until Cassidy launched down the inside of Mikkel Jensen for ninth at turn one.


A collision between the two Motorpark entries of Sergio Sette Camara and Joel Eriksson allowed Cassidy to slip down the inside, moving himself into seventh.


Again the safety car was sent out, Sette Camara’s car needing recovering after damage sustained to his car broke the rear suspension.


Cassidy put on a master class in overtaking, feigning left across Niko Kari to pass him down the front straight, cutting across his opponent to hold the inside line through turn one. With 11 minutes remaining Cassidy was holding sixth place.


Cassidy continued to show his prowess, putting the fifth place car of TRS driver Guanyu Zhou under pressure. Cassidy exited the first corner to comporimise Zhou’s exit speed. Zhou took a defensive line through two and three, Cassidy making a better exit through the esses going side-by-side with Zhou.


But Cassidy couldn’t make the pass stick, again the pair running alonside each other on the run down to turn one.


Niko Kari tried to capitalize on the battle ahead, but came off second best as he came across the nose of Cassidy and make contact with the Kiwi driver. Kari went wide losing positions hand-over-fist.


The third and final safety car bunched the field back up, three minutes remaining on the clock as the race went back to green.


Another superb move from Cassidy on Joel Eriksson at turn one put the Prema driver into fifth on the restart.


The pass for fourth was the final move in an extraodinary race by the New Zealander, finishing race two of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship at the Norisring in fourth overall. Antoine Hubert claimed his first win of the season as former New Zealand Grand Prix winner Lance Stroll came home second. 


The commentary team sung Cassidy's praises as he neared his fifth top-5 finish of the season.


"This is one of the drives this year isn't it. Absolutely fantastic.


"It's one of the best drives from anybody I think this season."


Cassidy will do it all over again in the final race of the weekend for the fifth round of the championship, starting from the rear of the grid for race three at the Norisring. 


Photo: Prema Powerteam