It’s hard not to vote for David Beckmann as the driver on top form in the second half of the season. Ever since the German switched to Trident, he has been fighting at the front and has been one of the top scorers on a regular basis. The start of his Russian weekend was a bit alarming; he had problems in free practice and an engine failure in the qualifying session. Starting from P15 in Race 1, David bounced back in style – crossing the line in fifth position. The next day, he slotted into P2 on Lap 2 and put huge pressure on race leader Joey Mawson. Unable to pass the Arden man, he bided his time until the final lap; following a VSC re-start, Beckmann closed in on Mawson and made good use of his final DRS try to steal victory from the Australian driver at Turn 13!
The Trident ace took his third win of the season, brilliantly recovering from a disastrous start to his race weekend. He pocketed 27 points at the Sochi Autodrom to move ahead of Pedro Piquet in the Drivers’ Standings. He now lies in fifth place – 12 points behind Leonardo Pulcini.