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Ceccon takes second consecutive GP3 sprint victory at the Hungaroring

by Gruz David
Photo:  Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service

Arden driver Kevin Ceccon triumphed in the second GP3 race at the Hungaroring.

The Italian celebrated his second sprint win in a row and, just like at Silverstone, he claimed the win from second on the grid.

Although it was Antonio Fuoco who started from pole, he suffered a first lap retirement for the second time this season.

The Ferrari junior lost the lead to Ceccon off the line and had to defend from?another Arden driver in Emil Bernstorff.

The Briton attempted to overtake on the outside at the turn six and seven chicane but Fuoco did not give up the position and the duo had to leave the corner side-by-side.

There was no way to avoid collision and Fuoco was sent into the wall, his car lifting off slightly. Bernstorff pulled over a corner later, ending his streak of top-six finishes in 2015.

As a result of the crash, the safety car made an appearance and Esteban Ocon and Jimmy Eriksson subsequently became?Ceccon’s closest chasers at the restart. However, the Italian maintained the lead, soon building up an advantage of more than a second.

While there was no change in the top three, Matt Parry had an aggressive restart, getting past championship leader Luca Ghiotto on the outside of turn one to take fourth.

It was all calm afterwards at the front, leading to Ceccon taking the chequered flag first and Ocon finishing second for the third consecutive GP3 race.

Koiranen duo Eriksson and Parry secured third and fourth ahead of Ghiotto, who extended his championship lead as the highest point-scorer of the weekend.

Ghiotto’s nearest rival Marvin Kirchhofer endured a difficult start to the race, relegated to ninth from sixth. He was able to overtake Pal Varhaug after the restart and, thanks to the crash in the beginning, ended up sixth.

The Jenzer trio of Varhaug, Ralph Boschung and Matheo Tuscher took seventh, eighth and ninth respectively, while Mitchell Gilbert completed the top ten.

UPDATE: Eriksson received a five second time penalty for gaining advantage over Ghiotto by leaving the track. As a result, he has been demoted to sixth from third, giving Parry the final podium spot.

In addition, Alex Bosak has been given a ten second time penalty for causing a collision with Artur Janosz.

Finally, Samin Gomez got a five place grid penalty for the following race after hitting Jann Mardenborough‘s car during the safety car phase.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 16 laps in 27:56.869
2 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix +0.766
3 Matt Parry Koiranen GP +3.316
4 Luca Ghiotto Trident +4.495
5 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix +7.445
6 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP +7.753*
7 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport +8.846
8 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport +9.752
9 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport +10.232
10 Mitch Gilbert Carlin +12.251
11 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP +15.322
12 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix +18.012
13 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix +18.550
14 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix +19.835
15 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix +21.685
16 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing +28.636
17 Jann Mardenborough Carlin +28.937
18 Alex Palou Campos Racing +29.349
19 Alex Bosak Arden International +38.072*
Not classified
Samin Gomez Campos Racing +5 laps
Antonio Fuoco Carlin +16 laps
Emil Bernstorff Arden International +16 laps
Artur Janosz Trident +16 laps

* – 5-second penalty
* – 10-second penalty