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Kiwi Marcus Armstrong is in the midst of a maelstrom of talented single-seater racers, all desperate to make their mark before the FIA Formula Three Championship ends.
Because 2018 is the final year of F3 in its current form, every driver in the 24-strong field is jostling for position with an eye to the evolved championship next year when the GP3 and F3 competitions are joined together.
At the penultimate round in late September, Armstrong scored a fourth, a second and then a fifth in the final race behind one-time leader Dan Ticktum of the UK.
On the points table, Ticktum was overtaken by Mick Schumacher who won two of three races at the Red Bull Ring.
Thanks to the race two DNF, Ticktum though second now falls within reach of Armstrong, raising the prospect of a Prema Powerteam 1-2.
The final round of the championship is in mid-October at Hockenheim on the 4.5 km Hockenheimring, regularly a round of the Formula One World Championship.