Armstrong in title hunt after another win

VICTORIOUS: Marcus Armstrong celebrates after another win in the German formula 4 championship.

Marcus Armstrong has continued his impressive string of results in Europe by winning his third race in the German formula four championship.

His win at the Nürburgring, Germany, over the weekend laid down a marker of his title ambitions. The 17-year-old registered a comfortable lights-to-flag win ahead of Julian Hanses, of Germany, and Enzo Fittipaldi, of Brazil (the grandson of two-time formula one world champion Emerson Fittipaldi).

Armstrong started from pole and made a brilliant start, pulling out a clear lead from the first turn.

Marcus Armstrong. PHOTO: GEOFF SLAON

“The victory today was very important before the championship goes into the last two weekends,” said Armstrong.

“It’s fantastic to have won here. We had some problems that made the first two races really heavy going. Fortunately, in the third race, we were able to pick up the points we lost earlier. The last few races will be closely contested, but I’m very confident that we can do it.”

The win moves Armstrong into second place in the championship on 171 points, only 11.5 points behind championship leader Juri Vips.

The championship has two rounds remaining at Sachsenring (September 15-17) and Hockenheimring (September 22-24) in Germany.

Armstrong is also competing in the Italian formula four championship. He currently leads that championship with three rounds remaining. The next round will be at Imola on September 10.