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Ben Barnicoat takes maiden F3 win at wet Hungaroring

by Peter Allen

Photo: FIA Formula 3 European Championship

Ben Barnicoat scored a surprise first victory in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship after team-mate?George Russell collided with?Maximilian Gunther?in a wet final race at the Hungaroring.

In a race that began behind the safety car, Barnicoat started from sixth but gained a place when the race got underway for real and Nick Cassidy spun at the final corner.

He then passed?Guan Yu Zhou?and took third when?Sergio Sette Camara repeated Cassidy’s mishap?a lap later out of second.

That released Russell to catch poleman Gunther, and the Briton launched a move down the inside of Turn 11. He got his nose ahead and seemed to have the move done but drifted wide of the apex in the tricky conditions and banged wheels with Gunther, who was sent straight on into the barriers.

Russell pitted with front-left damage, promoting team-mate Barnicoat into the lead as the safety car came out to recover Gunther’s car.

After that he was never troubled, winning by five?seconds as he secured the first victory?for the HitechGP squad.

Joel Eriksson?claimed a second place finish that puts him third in the championship behind Gunther and?Lance Stroll, who finished third.

Zhou came home 11 seconds behind Stroll but ahead of Sette Camara, Callum Ilott?and?Pedro Piquet.

Cassidy salvaged his only points of a nightmare?weekend in ninth, behind?Niko Kari?and ahead of?Harrison Newey.

Race one winner?Ralf Aron was caught out by the conditions on his way to the grid and did not take the start.