GP3 Austria: Hughes beats Piquet to take first win of the season

Jake Hughes earned his first win of the GP3 season with victory at the Red Bull Ring, while the top three starters were wiped out on the first lap

GP3 Austria: Hughes beats Piquet to take first win of the season

Pedro Piquet finished second ahead of Leonardo Pulcini, while points leader and race one winner Callum Ilott finished sixth.

At Turn 1, polesitter David Beckmann was squeezed by then leader Ryan Tveter into Giuliano Alesi, and Tveter was spun around in front of them, eliminating the trio.

After the subsequent virtual safety car, Hughes - with a new chassis after breaking his previous one on the Turn 9 exit curbs on Saturday - built a lead of over a second to try to break the DRS tow to the pack behind.

But a string of fastest laps from Trident driver Piquet brought him back into play.

Piquet pulled off a DRS-assisted move at Turn 3 to squeeze past ART Grand Prix driver Hughes on lap 9 of 18, but after he got wheelspin on the Turn 2 exit curve three tours later, Hughes retook the lead.

Having used his six DRS, Piquet remained within a second of Hughes but couldn't retake the top spot.

Pulcini made it two podiums in the weekend with third.

The Campos Racing driver was rapid in the early running but he used all of his DRS too soon and was eventually was dropped by the leaders.

He was attacked by Ilott and then on the last lap by Dorian Boccolacci, but was assured in defence to seal his third-place spot.

Alessio Lorandi jumped two spots on the last lap to add fourth to his third place in race one.

Boccolacci passed Ilott on the penultimate lap, having saved up his DRS for the end of the race, and attacked Pulcini.

But it didn't pay off for Boccolacci as the opportunistic Lorandi used his botched attempt to leap up to fourth.

Boccolacci held off Ilott for fifth, while Ilott maintains the points' lead he seized with his Saturday win.

Hughes and Ilott's team-mate Nikita Mazepin recovered from a clash with the fourth ART driver Anthoine Hubert in race one to score seventh from 13th in race one, passing Niko Kari late on.

Hubert took ninth from 17th on the grid, while Joey Mawson rounded out the top 10 from last place at the start after a clutch issue ruled him out on the first lap on Saturday.

Series rookie Devlin DeFrancesco finished 11th in race two, despite starting down in 18th position.

Results - 18 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap Laps
1 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 25m23.065s 18
2 Pedro Piquet Trident 0.821s 18
3 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 1.784s 18
4 Alessio Lorandi Trident 2.202s 18
5 Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport 2.914s 18
6 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 3.440s 18
7 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 5.061s 18
8 Niko Kari MP Motorsport 6.163s 18
9 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 6.634s 18
10 Joey Mawson Arden International 7.682s 18
11 Devlin Defrancesco MP Motorsport 9.034s 18
12 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 12.396s 18
13 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 16.335s 18
14 Julien Falchero Arden International 16.942s 18
15 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 18.437s 18
16 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 22.620s 18
- Gabriel Aubry Arden International Retirement 2
- Giuliano Alesi Trident Retirement 0
- Ryan Tveter Trident Retirement 0
- David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport Retirement 0

Drivers' championship

Pos Driver Points
1 Callum Ilott 69
2 Anthoine Hubert 63
3 Leonardo Pulcini 61
4 Nikita Mazepin 51
5 Giuliano Alesi 50
6 Pedro Piquet 46
7 Alessio Lorandi 41
8 Jake Hughes 36
9 Dorian Boccolacci 27
10 Joey Mawson 16
11 Juan Manuel Correa 14
12 David Beckmann 12
13 Ryan Tveter 6
14 Niko Kari 5
15 Simo Laaksonen 3
16 Diego Menchaca 1
17 Julien Falchero 0
18 Devlin Defrancesco 0
19 Tatiana Calderon 0
20 Christian Lundgaard 0
21 Gabriel Aubry 0
22 Will Palmer 0

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