Ehrlacher started the weekend with a 20-point lead, but after two deadly races he came away with a reduced advantage.
In qualifying, the Frenchman reached Q3, but in the shootout he was the slowest driver, placing his Lynk & Co in fifth position for the second race.
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The reverse-grid race put the defending champion sixth on the grid, and from there he had a tough race that involved a slow start and contact with Honda’s Tiago Monteiro at the start, who eventually saw him lose two places to finish eighth.
The incident with Monteiro was investigated after the race but Ehrlacher was not penalized as “the action occurred at the start of the first lap … and no driver was primarily to blame for this action “.
In the second race, Ehrlacher was at the heart of the fight again, pointing early seventh before gaining ground when Esteban Guerrieri made contact with Frédéric Vervisch, giving the driver Lynk & Co. two places.
Subsequent contact with Guerrieri on the last lap nearly cost Ehrlacher dear, but he took fifth place on the line after pulling the ill Norbert Michelisz out of the last corner.
“It was really tough to finish P5,” said Ehrlacher. “It was really tough with a lot of contacts, and I still don’t know how we saved them all.
“I’m really happy to have scored the points – we’re still in the lead, but the gap is closing a bit.
“It will make the work a bit more intense, but I’m looking forward to the next one now. ”