Hungary GP3: Ghiotto dominates race one, extends points lead

Championship leader Luca Ghiotto won round seven of the GP3 Series at the Hungaroring near Budapest.

Trident driver Ghiotto led ART’s Esteban Ocon, sweeping across the grid to cover the inside at Turn 1.

Emil Bernstorff tried a bold bid around the outside, and looked to have sealed second but then ran wide at Turn 2 as Ghitto had a big slide, and dropped to third back behind Ocon.

Ghiotto led Ocon, Bernstorff, Marvin Kirchhofer and Matt Parry as a safety car was required from the start of lap two after Zaid Ashkanani went over the back of a slowing Jann Mardenborough at the final corner.

Ghiotto managed the restart well, but a lap after that, Kirchhofer jumped Bernstorff for third in a move that started at Turn 1 and was completed at Turn 2.

That was it for action at the front, as Ghiotto extended a 3.5s lead over Ocon to score his second win of the season.

Kirchhofer, Bernstorff and Parry ran nose-to-tail behind them, with Jimmy Eriksson and Kevin Ceccon next up. Antonio Fuoco, Pal Varhaug and Matheo Tuscher rounded off the top 10 finishers.

Race results:

Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
Luca Ghiotto Trident 38'29.253
Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 3.500
Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 6.224
Emil Bernstorff Arden International 6.516
Matt Parry Koiranen GP 6.960
Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 7.782
Kevin Ceccon Arden International 8.265
Antonio Fuoco Carlin 11.390
Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 11.833
10  Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 15.200
11  Mitchell Gilbert Carlin 15.325
12  Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 15.658
13  Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 16.879
14  Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 21.995
15  Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 23.773
16  Artur Janosz Trident 24.340
17  Alex Bosak Arden International 27.838
18  Alfonso Celis Jr ART Grand Prix 29.530
19  Alex Palou Campos Racing 31.790
20  Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 40.005
21  Samin Gomez Campos Racing 48.626
22  Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 2 Laps
Ret  Jann Mardenborough Carlin -

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Series GP3
Event Hungaroring
Track Hungaroring
Drivers Esteban Ocon , Marvin Kirchhofer , Luca Ghiotto
Article type Race report