Hungaroring GP3: Richie Stanaway holds on to head Status one-two
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, July 26th 2014, 16:12 GMT|
Richie Stanaway took his second GP3 victory of the season, holding off the determined challenge of Robert Visoiu before heading a Status Grand Prix one-two in Hungary.
Stanaway led from the start after taking pole position, although Visoiu rocketed up alongside him from fourth on the grid in his Arden car.
The duo fought out an intense battle thereafter, and was never separated by more than 0.6s until their duel came to a head with two laps to go.
Having tried to pass at Turns 1 and 2, Stanaway slid wide at Turn 5 as he struggled with his fading tyres. He appeared to have lost the place when he ran wide at Turn 6, but Visoiu got wheelspin and almost spun just as he looked certain to take victory.
Visoiu then ran wide onto the grass at Turn 7, allowing Nick Yelloly to nip past him to make it a Status 1-2 as Stanaway made good his escape.
Visoiu recovered to finish a close third, with points leader Alex Lynn finishing fourth after dropping back at the start.
As title contender Jimmy Eriksson only claimed a point for 10th, Stanaway has moved into second in the championship, 27 points behind Lynn.
Emil Bernstorff finished fifth, right behind Lynn, with Patric Niederhauser just holding off Arden team-mate Jann Mardenborough for sixth.
Dino Zamparelli finished eighth, so will start tomorrow's reversed-grid race from pole.
Results - 17 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Richie Stanaway Status 27m36.453s 2. Nick Yelloly Status +2.606s 3. Robert Visoiu Arden +2.833s 4. Alex Lynn Carlin +3.997s 5. Emil Bernstorff Carlin +4.314s 6. Patric Niederhauser Arden +5.762s 7. Jann Mardenborough Arden +6.352s 8. Dino Zamparelli ART +12.039s 9. Dean Stoneman Manor +18.093s 10. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen +18.762s 11. Marvin Kirchhofer ART +20.182s 12. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen +20.361s 13. Patrick Kujala Manor +21.650s 14. Alex Fontana ART +22.048s 15. Roman de Beer Trident +24.933s 16. Alfonso Celis Status +26.700s 17. Luis Sa Silva Carlin +26.976s 18. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer +27.363s 19. Nelson Mason Hilmer +29.576s 20. Mitchell Gilbert Trident +30.627s 21 Pal Varhaug Jenzer +30.946s 22 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer +31.655s 23 Christopher Hoher Jenzer +31.922s 24 Ryan Cullen Manor +33.168s 25 Carmen Jorda Koiranen +1m12.000s Retirements: Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer 11 laps