GP3 Hungary: Patric Niederhauser takes first win since 2012
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, July 27th 2014, 08:10 GMT|
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 Retirements: Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 2 laps