A cracking win by Johnny Cecotto Jnr in the feature race at the Hockenheimring.
He started 17th on slicks while almost everyone else was on wets. While the rest waited for lap six so they could get their mandatory pit stop out of the way Cecotto was ripping through the field, several seconds per lap quicker as he passed car after car.
This put Cecotto in the lead with Stephane Richelmi, who had also started on slicks, second.
Nigel Melker had led at first after passing pole sitter Giedo van der Garde and Fabio Leimer on the first lap. They dropped back after pitting for slicks. Leimer got back up to second ahead of Richelmi at the flag. Felipe Nasr passed van der Garde to finish fourth, Melker was sixth.
Championship leader Luiz Razia held off James Calado for seventh, Calado taking the reverse grid pole position. Calado had slipped behind Davide Valsecchi earlier on but moved back ahead when the DAMS driver ran wide under pressure.
Valsecchi ended a dreadful race in 13th place. He was crowded out at the start, losing several places. He then ran into the back of Stefano Coletti, damaging his nose, and had another off after dropping behind Calado.
He has fallen 12 points behind Razia in the drivers’ championship. In the last six races Valsecchi has scored 18 points to Razia’s 67. With Razia starting Sunday’s sprint race from the front row, things look set to get worse for Valsecchi. Given how strong his position was a few weekends ago it’s a remarkable turnaround.