Melker storms to Race 1 victory at Zandvoort
14 May 2011 – Nigel Melker claimed the top step of the podium in the first race of the weekend at Zandvoort on Saturday morning, leading home Felix Rosenqvist after making his way past the Swedish driver on the fourth lap. Prema Powerteam’s Roberto Merhi finished third, increasing his championship lead over team-mate Daniel Juncadella.
As the lights went out at 10:15am local time (BST +1) Rosenqvist jumped ahead of Melker at the first corner, taking advantage of a slower start by the Dutchman to move into second place. However, it was not long before Melker began fighting for the position, and he made his way back past with a clever move on Lap 4.
Melker went on to extend his lead thanks to a small mistake from Rosenqvist as the race entered its final ten laps and he eventually crossed the line with an advantage of more than three seconds. Behind Merhi in third, Laurens Vanthoor secured fourth ahead of the second Prema machine of Juncadella.
Columbia’s Carlos Muñoz claimed sixth, while Motopark Academy trio Kimiya Sato, Gianmarco Raimondo and Jimmy Eriksson were covered by less than a second at the chequered flag. Marco Wittmann endured a tough race, receiving a drive through penalty early on for an incident with team-mate Daniel Abt, before coming home tenth.
Race 2 begins at 4.10pm local time (BST +1)