TOP TEN FINISH FOR ATECH CRS GP IN HUNGARY Silverstone-based Atech CRS Grand Prix secured a top ten finish with Oli Oakes in race two of the GP3 series at Hungaroring this weekend, while 16 year-old Vittorio Ghirelli took his best finish of the...
TOP TEN FINISH FOR ATECH CRS GP IN HUNGARY
Silverstone-based Atech CRS Grand Prix secured a top ten finish with Oli Oakes in race two of the GP3 series at Hungaroring this weekend, while 16 year-old Vittorio Ghirelli took his best finish of the year with 15th. The pair was left disappointed after qualifying, after incurring grid drop penalties for yellow flag infringements, which ruined their chances of a higher grid start.
For their team-mate, Roberto Merhi, a comfortable seventh fastest time early in the session was ruined by a lengthy yellow flag situation and the Spaniard was later blocked on the last corner as he attempted to regain his early pace.
Race one kicked off on Saturday afternoon and once again showed immense race pace for all three, Oakes and Ghirelli, both moving up through the order over the course of the race. Oakes gained seven places from his grid position to cross the line 16th with Italian Ghirelli also gaining five places to finish 24th. Merhi's early pace saw him record the fourth fastest lap, however his race lasted just seven laps, the former double podium finisher forced into retirement.
Sunday morning's second race saw the drivers line up in their finishing positions from race one. A lightening start by Oakes was wiped out at the first corner however, as he was blocked and pushed wide dropping him back to 22nd. A stunning recovery though saw him back up to 16th at the end of the first lap and then a superb drive back through the field netted him tenth place at the flag.
Ghirelli also drove a strong second race as he improved his lap times by 1.3 seconds over the course of the weekend. This allowed the 16 year-old to make up nine places in the race to take 15th, his best finish of the year.
There was further drama for Merhi in race two as he tangled with Oakes on lap four. The resultant collision pitched him into a spin and lost him his front wing, although he struggled on to the flag to finish 22nd.
The Atech CRS Grand Prix team now has a month break before the penultimate rounds of the series at the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa on 28/29 August.
-source: atech crs