Hungaroring F3: Barnicoat wins wet Race 3 after Gunther and Russell collide

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Hungaroring F3: Barnicoat wins wet Race 3 after Gunther and Russell collide
David Gruz
By: David Gruz
Apr 24, 2016, 10:03 AM

Racing Steps Foundation protege Ben Barnicoat was victorious in Race 3 on a wet Hungaroring after a crash between leaders Maximilian Gunther and George Russell.

The start of the race, which was given after two laps spent behind the safety car, saw Gunther quickly pull away from the rest, with Russell attacking Sergio Sette Camara for second.

The Brazilian spun at the final turn of the opening lap and Russell quickly made up lost ground on the leader, mainly thanks to a mistake from the German.

The Hitech driver's first move took place on Lap 5, Russell moving on the inside and hitting Gunther, who slid straight into the wall, bringing out the safety car.

Russell damaged his own suspension as well, which allowed Hitech teammate Ben Barnicoat to inherit the lead, followed by Motopark duo Joel Eriksson and Guan Yu Zhou.

The leading duo quickly built a safe lead, taking advantage of Lance Stroll attacking and eventually passing Zhou.

The Canadian managed to close the gap on Eriksson as well but, with not enough time left, they finished second and third in an unchanged order behind Barnicoat.

Further 11.5s behind, Zhou kept Sette Camara and Callum Ilott at bay for fourth.

The Briton lost out to Pedro Piquet on the restart but fought his way past his VAR teammate, who secured his best finish in the series.

Niko Kari was eighth, while Nick Cassidy recovered from a couple of spins to pass Harrison Newey for ninth.

Full results

Pos.DriverTeamGap
1  Ben Barnicoat HitechGP  
2  Joel Eriksson Motopark 4.998
3  Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 6.032
4  Guan Yu Zhou Motopark 17.627
5  Sergio Sette Câmara Motopark 18.503
6  Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing 19.980
7  Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 22.747
8   Niko Kari Motopark 24.067
9  Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam 27.384
10  Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 29.868
11  Mikkel Jensen kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport 30.474
12  Alessio Lorandi Carlin 31.230
13  Nikita Mazepin HitechGP 32.585
14  Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing 34.097
15  Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport 42.367
16  Zhi Cong Li Carlin 52.153
RET  George Russell HitechGP +10 Laps
RET  Maximilian Günther Prema Powerteam +11 Laps
DNS  Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam  
DNS  Ryan Tveter Carlin  
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Series F3 Europe
Event Hungaroring
Location Hungaroring
Drivers Ben Barnicoat
Teams HitechGP
Author David Gruz
Article type Race report