GP3 Hungary: Kevin Ceccon takes second consecutive sprint race win

Kevin Ceccon claimed his second consecutive GP3 sprint race victory in an incident-strewn race at the Hungaroring

GP3 Hungary: Kevin Ceccon takes second consecutive sprint race win

Ceccon, who picked up his maiden GP3 win at the last round at Silverstone, had a brilliant start to relieve polesitter Antonio Fuoco of the lead by Turn 1.

His Arden team-mate Emil Bernstorff also passed Fuoco for second but the Italian acted quickly to re-take the position.

The battle was far from finished though. Ceccon, Fuoco and Bernstorff fought three abreast for the first part of the lap but the scrap soon ended in tears at the chicane.

Bernstorff made a lunge on the outside of Fuoco entering the chicane but ran out of space in the second part.

With nowhere to go, Bernstorff made contact with the Ferrari protege, sending him briefly airborne and heading straight into the barrier.

The incident, which forced both drivers to retire, along with Arthur Janosz stopping at Turn 4, brought out the safety car.

On the restart Ceccon was able to maintain his lead despite increasing pressure from Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon.

The pair traded fastest laps throughout the race but Ceccon remained unfazed by Ocon's advances and crossed the line with a winning margin of just 0.7s.

Koiranen GP team-mates Jimmy Eriksson and Matt Parry enjoyed a hard fought battle for the majority of the race.

Parry was in fifth before the safety car but he passed series leader and race one winner Luca Ghiotto with a bold move to take fourth place.

The Brit then tried hard to pass Eriksson but it was all in vain as his team-mate wouldn't yield and took the final podium spot.

Marvin Kirchhofer finished the race comfortably in sixth, where he started on the grid, ahead of the Jenzer Motorsport trio of Pal Varhaug, Ralph Boschung and Matheo Tuscher.

Boschung and Tuscher, like they did in race one, were locked in a hard but fair wheel-to-wheel battle.

Tuscher got the better of his team-mate on Saturday but wasn't as fortunate in race two, and was forced to settle for ninth.

He did however pull off the move of the race on 10th place finisher Mitch Gilbert around the outside of Turn 5.

RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 16 27m56.869s
2 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 16 0.766s
3 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 16 3.316s
4 Luca Ghiotto Trident 16 4.495s
5 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 16 7.445s
6 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 16 7.753s
7 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 16 8.846s
8 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 16 9.752s
9 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 16 10.232s
10 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 16 12.251s
11 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 16 15.322s
12 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 16 18.012s
13 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 16 18.550s
14 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 16 19.835s
15 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 16 21.685s
16 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 16 28.636s
17 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 16 28.937s
18 Alex Palou Campos Racing 16 29.349s
19 Alex Bosak Arden International 16 38.072s
- Samin Gomez Campos Racing 11 Retirement
- Antonio Fuoco Carlin 0 Retirement
- Artur Janosz Trident 0 Retirement
- Emil Bernstorff Arden International 0 Retirement

DRIVERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

Pos Driver Points
1 Luca Ghiotto 121
2 Marvin Kirchhofer 98
3 Esteban Ocon 96
4 Emil Bernstorff 75
5 Kevin Ceccon 54
6 Jimmy Eriksson 50
7 Matt Parry 43
8 Antonio Fuoco 34
9 Jann Mardenborough 32
10 Ralph Boschung 20
11 Oscar Tunjo 17
12 Alex Fontana 7
13 Seb Morris 6
14 Sandy Stuvik 6
15 Pal Varhaug 4
16 Matheo Tuscher 2
17 Artur Janosz 2
18 Alfonso Celis 1
19 Mitch Gilbert 0
20 Adderly Fong 0
21 Zaid Ashkanani 0
22 Alex Palou 0
23 Alex Bosak 0
24 Samin Gomez 0
25 Christopher Hoher 0

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