Hungaroring F3: Gunther takes points lead with straightforward win

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Hungaroring F3: Gunther takes points lead with straightforward win
Valentin Khorounzhiy
By: Valentin Khorounzhiy
Apr 23, 2016, 1:43 PM

Prema's Maximilian Gunther took the European F3 championship lead by becoming the first repeat winner of the 2016 campaign in Race 2 at the Hungaroring.

Maximilian Günther, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312 – Mercedes-Benz
Maximilian Günther, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312 – Mercedes-Benz
Ralf Aron, Prema Powerteam, Dallara F312 - Mercedes-Benz
Guanyu Zhou, Motopark, Dallara F312 - Volkswagen
Guanyu Zhou, Motopark, Dallara F312 - Volkswagen

With the previous points leader - teammate Nick Cassidy - spinning at the start and failing to score, the German moved to the top with 70 points to his name.

After his start from pole in Race 1 went poorly, Gunther nailed the getaway this time around, heading the field comfortably into Turn 1 as second-placed Ralf Aron came under attack from George Russell.

Russell, however, could not clear the Estonian and soon began to struggle for pace massively - just as he had in Race 1 - allowing the Prema duo to check out at the front.

Despite his struggles, Russell managed a valiant effort to defend his third place for half the race, but he eventually surrendered to Motopark's Guan Yu Zhou.

Having cleared the Briton, Ferrari junior Zhou set out after the Prema drivers, but couldn't do anything about Aron, the Estonian finishing three and a half seconds behind Gunther.

Russell continued to lose time after having been passed by Zhou but managed to hang on to fourth over Red Bull protege Sergio Sette Camara, who emerged victorious in a lengthy scrap with Alessio Lorandi.

Mikkel Jensen was a distant seventh behind Lorandi, holding off Lance Stroll, Callum Ilott and Ben Barnicoat.

Race results

Pos. Driver Team Gap
1 Maximilian Gunther Prema Powerteam  
2 Ralf Aron Prema Powerteam 3.676
3 Guan Yu Zhou Motopark 4.816
4 George Russell HitechGP 10.451
5 Sergio Sette Camara Motopark 11.306
6 Alessio Lorandi Carlin 15.175
7 Mikkel Jensen kfzteile24 Mucke Motorsport 28.495
8 Lance Stroll Prema Powerteam 29.292
9 Callum Ilott Van Amersfoort Racing 30.002
10 Ben Barnicoat HitechGP 30.642
11 Ryan Tveter Carlin 31.111
12 Harrison Newey Van Amersfoort Racing 31.675
13 Anthoine Hubert Van Amersfoort Racing 34.435
14 Pedro Piquet Van Amersfoort Racing 35.72
15 Arjun Maini ThreeBond with T-Sport 59.497
16 Nick Cassidy Prema Powerteam 1:10.143
Ret Nikita Mazepin HitechGP  
Ret Joel Eriksson Motopark  
Ret Niko Kari Motopark  
Ret Zhi Cong Li Carlin  
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