Christian Ho claims his maiden victory among the rookies in Spielberg

The Singaporean stood on the top step of the podium, followed by Kluss in second place. Ho finished fourth overall in the second race, with Australian Lisle fifth in the first. Shin also scored points in both races

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The second round of the Eurocup-3 season at the Austrian Red Bull Ring unfolded over a dry weekend, contrasting with the previous downpour at Spa-Francorchamps. Campos Racing drivers achieved positive results, yet the Spanish team leaves Spielberg feeling there was potential for even greater achievements. There were moments when luck wasn't on the side of the Alzira-based’s five-car army: Christian Ho, Noah Lisle, Valentin Kluss, Michael Shin and Suleiman Zanfari.

On Friday, in the first practice session, Ho spearheaded the charge of Campos Racing in fourth place, setting a time of 1m27.751s, while Kluss was sixth with 1m28.045s. Ho continued to show pace in the second practice session, clocking the fastest time at the Red Bull Ring with 1m26.764s, leaving his closest rivals three tenths behind. Shin and Kluss also secured top positions, finishing seventh and eighth respectively

Saturday saw two qualifying sessions. Ho led Campos Racing's charge for pole position. In Q1, setting the grid for the first race, Ho missed pole by just five thousandths, posting a time of 1m25.469s, while Lisle was sixth with 1m27.140s, and Zanfari followed closely with 1m27.166s. Kluss secured tenth with 1m27.423s, and Shin was 18th with 1m27.639s. In Q2, Ho redeemed himself by clinching pole with a time of 1m26.425s, beating Tangavelou by one and a half tenths. Kluss and Zanfari finished sixth and seventh respectively, while Shin improved to 11th. Lisle, however, could only manage 15th.

Sunday morning's first race started with technical issues for Zanfari, forcing him to retire during the warm lap. Ho struggled at the start, dropping positions, while Lisle held fifth. Ho's race worsened when he ran wide and had to pit, retiring from the race. Lisle continued to hold fifth, with Kluss initially tenth before retiring late in the race. Shin's race progressed to ninth place by the checkered flag.

In the afternoon's second race, Ho started well from pole but lost the lead briefly to Bruno del Pino. Ho maintained his pace and kept Javier Sagrera at bay. Kluss and Shin settled in seventh and eighth respectively, with Lisle moving through the field. Despite a five-second penalty for track limits, Ho secured fourth place overall and first among rookies. Kluss finished second among rookies and sixth overall, just ahead of Shin. Lisle's recovery earned him the final point in tenth.

After the first two rounds, Ho holds eighth place in the overall standings with 14 points, tied with German driver Kluss. Kluss ranks second among rookies with 49 points, while Ho is sixth with 26. Campos Racing stands second in the team standings with 48 points.

The third round of the season will take place at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in southern Portugal on June 8-9.