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GP3 Hungary: Patric Niederhauser takes first win since 2012

Patric Niederhauser, GP3 Hungary

Patric Niederhauser scored his first GP3 victory since 2012 at the Hungaroring on Sunday morning, the Swiss driver grabbing the lead at the start and then dominating from there.

Niederhauser rocketed off P3 on the grid to pass poleman Dino Zamparelli of ART, who made a slow getaway, and his Arden team-mate Jann Mardenborough.

Zamparelli remained within a second for the opening three laps but then fell away from Niederhauser, who cruised to a 1.5s win, his first with the Arden team that ran the last two series champions.

Mardenborough clung to third despite late-race pressure from series leader Alex Lynn, who passed the third Arden car of Robert Visoiu on the opening lap for fourth.

Behind Visoiu, yesterday's winner Richie Stanaway passed Emil Bernstorff and Dean Stoneman to finish sixth.

Bernstorff and Stoneman rounded out the point scorers, the latter holding on to eighth by a tenth of a second from a charging Marvin Kirchhofer.

It was another disastrous race for title contender Jimmy Eriksson, who could only manage 16th.

Lynn now leads Stanaway by 31 points, with Eriksson having slumped to 49 points behind.

Results - 17 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team        Time/Gap
 1.  Patric Niederhauser  Arden     27m31.893s
 2.  Dino Zamparelli      ART          +1.584s
 3.  Jann Mardenborough   Arden        +7.440s
 4.  Alex Lynn            Carlin       +8.154s
 5.  Robert Visoiu        Arden       +10.364s
 6.  Richie Stanaway      Status      +16.174s
 7.  Emil Bernstorff      Carlin      +19.246s
 8.  Dean Stoneman        Manor       +22.681s
 9.  Marvin Kirchhofer    ART         +22.872s
10.  Patrick Kujala       Manor       +23.576s
11.  Nick Yelloly         Status      +24.172s
12.  Roman de Beer        Trident     +25.698s
13.  Alex Fontana         ART         +26.022s
14.  Pal Varhaug          Jenzer      +26.458s
15.  Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer      +27.468s
16.  Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen    +30.125s
17.  Sebastian Balthasar  Hilmer      +30.422s
18.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin      +30.513s
19.  Riccardo Agostini    Hilmer      +32.967s
20.  Nelson Mason         Hilmer      +33.501s
21.  Ryan Cullen          Manor       +33.911s
22.  Alfonso Celis Jr     Status      +35.422s
23.  Christopher Hoher    Jenzer      +35.953s
24.  Mitch Gilbert        Trident     +44.764s
25.  Carmen Jorda         Koiranen    +55.061s


     Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen      2 laps
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