SCARVA’S William Buller can gain confidence from another strong drive in the F3 Euroseries - despite officials refusing to declare a winner in the opening race at Norisring.
The tough street circuit attracted a strong field but Buller was boosted by a triumph at the previous round’s Red Bull Ring.
Buller crossed the line second in the opening race but was then promoted up the rankings due to a penalty imposed on Daniel Juncadella following the latter’s incident-packed appearance.
Post-race officials, however, refused to declare an official winner as the exclusion was considered a driving infringement rather than technical issue.
Buller regrouped for the second race and completed the reverse-grid challenge third within the Euroseries drivers.
Torrential rain disrupted Buller’s final race as he ended up in the pit in need of repairs, ultimately picking up a drive-through penalty for 10th within the Euroseries field.
Buller now sits third in the main standings.
“It wasn’t the perfect weekend, but I think I performed well for my first time at the Norisring,” he said. “Qualifying went well so we knew we were in a position to challenge near the front, although we lacked a little bit of pace when the first race got underway.
“However, we need to remember that the team has only been there once before and our main rivals, Prema, have been competing at the circuit for a decade, so they know it a lot more and have more data to work with.
“Second on the road in race one was a good result but I thought we’d got the victory when Juncadella was excluded.
“I’ve never seen a situation like that before but it appears they didn’t want to penalise those who had been taken out of the race more than they had been penalised already.
“I can understand the reasoning, but for me personally, it’s disappointing to have missed out on taking the win and scoring the extra points.
“We showed better pace in the reverse-grid race to get the fastest lap but race three presented some of the most difficult conditions I’ve ever raced in as it was so wet.
“I got caught out and collided with Wehrlein but there was nothing I could do as the circuit was so slippery and the visibility was awful.
“All-in-all though, we’ve managed to close the gap to the top two in the championship and have moved up a position in the standings so we need to continue making progress.”
Buller will next take to the track at Silverstone in the GP3 programme.