13 May 2016 — Imre Balog started on the pole and led every lap on the way to a commanding victory in the Portugal – GP Spark F3 in Round 3 of the F3 CLASSICS by ACD series.
Balog spent all of 19 laps total leading Jozsef Rebok after being caught by him on the first lap. Balog controlled the race lead every lap from start to victory.
Balog is 10th in the standings for the series. He has one start and led 19 of his 19 laps raced while taking the victory once.
Klaus Germanus made a final pass on the last lap for a fifth-place finish.
Germanus drove the majority of 16 laps total pursuing Gerhard Hofmann after engaging him on the first lap. Germanus launched a prolonged challenge at Hofmann in the middle stages, staying within a couple turns behind him and gaining ground over a continuous run of eight laps. Germanus passed Hofmann and into fifth place on his final lap.
Germanus moves up to fourth in the standings, now tied in points with fifth’s Joe Cronk following Cronk’s third-place finish. Germanus has three starts and finished as high as fifth.
F3 CLASSICS by ACD series moves on to Round 4 in two weeks at Spa-Francorchamps GT. The series has 19 drivers competing for points in the championship.
Jozsef Rebok leads the championship. The title continues to be challenged by Gerhard Hofmann, Colin Barker, Klaus Germanus, Joe Cronk, Michal Mazurek, Rob Milliken, Mariusz Lebioda, Maciej Bekas, Imre Balog, Toni Talvitie, Porfirio Dias Santos, April Dillon, Michael Schmiedel, John Cook, Mark Craggs, Anton Markevich, João Martins, and Imre Bende. The Top 5 places are an open field for 19 drivers in the running with three races remaining.
Joe Cronk took third place.
Cronk swapped leads with Gerhard Hofmann in a fervent fight for third from the early stages, running within an apex of each other over a stretch of nine laps. Cronk drove nearly all leading Hofmann after being caught by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 4, Cronk passed Hofmann and into third place on lap 5, and defended it against pressure by Hofmann another five laps toward the conclusion.
Cronk moves up to fifth in the standings, now tied in points with fourth’s Klaus Germanus following Germanus’s fifth-place finish. Cronk has two starts and finished as high as third.
Colin Barker captured fourth place.
Jozsef Rebok captured second place.
Barker spent the majority of 13 laps total leading Gerhard Hofmann after challenging and passing him on lap 10. Barker passed Hofmann and into fourth place on lap 10, and held it the remaining nine laps to the finish.
Barker moves up to third in the standings, five points behind Gerhard Hofmann. Barker has two starts and finished as high as fourth.
Rebok spent all of 19 laps total leading Joe Cronk after being caught by him on the first lap. Rebok held second position every lap from the start to the conclusion.
Rebok remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Gerhard Hofmann to 17 points. Rebok has three starts and led 18 of his 74 laps while taking the victory once.