GP3 Paul Ricard: Boccolacci beats Hubert to home victory

MP Motorsport's Dorian Boccolacci scored a dominant home victory at Paul Ricard, giving his team its maiden GP3 Series win in a frenetic race

GP3 Paul Ricard: Boccolacci beats Hubert to home victory

Boccolacci plunged his chances of winning into doubt almost immediately when he stalled on the formation-lap grid, but just got going before the last car and retook his pole position.

The Frenchman then made a strong start and immediately set about building a gap of two seconds, which fluctuated only slightly back to closest rival Anthoine Hubert.

Renault-affiliated driver Hubert appeared to be conserving his tyres, but began to close in on Boccolacci at the halfway point.

But a mistake where he ran wide onto the kerbs exiting Turn 12 cost him time on lap 12 of 20.

Boccolacci then set a fastest lap on the next tour which gave him almost three seconds of breathing room.

Hubert closed back in to within a second, but it was not enough to deny Boccolacci his second GP3 Series win in a French one-two.

UPDATE: Winner Boccalacci excluded

Hubert at least scored two additional points for reclaiming fastest lap.

Barcelona race one winner Nikita Mazepin took third, having inherited the spot at the start from Ferrari Academy driver Giuliano Alesi.

Niko Kari and Leonardo Pulcini were involved in by far the most exciting battle during the race, swapping positions at corners in places that are not conventional overtaking spots, in a thrilling duel at the start.

Kari just shaded Pulcini in the battle to round out the top five in a strong day for his MP Motorsport squad.

Behind Pulcini, Alessio Lorandi moved up a single spot from his starting position to take seventh, while rookie Pedro Piquet earned eighth and the reversed-grid pole.

The son of three-time Formula 1 champion Nelson, Piquet was able to pull clear of a battle behind, which featured four cars, on the penultimate lap of the race.

Joey Mawson spent the entirety of the race defending, and admirably held off charging British ART pair Callum Ilott and Jake Hughes.

Ilott tried at almost every corner but failed to unseat Australian Mawson.

Hughes was involved in contact at the final corner on the last lap with the charging Juan Manuel Correa, who crossed the line ahead of Hughes in 11th.

Correa had earlier hit Jenzer Motorsport team-mate Tatiana Calderon.

Result - 20 laps

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix 37m55.061s
2 Nikita Mazepin ART Grand Prix 4.361s
3 Giuliano Alesi Trident 8.333s
4 Leonardo Pulcini Campos Racing 10.919s
5 Alessio Lorandi Trident 13.706s
6 Pedro Piquet Trident 19.413s
7 Joey Mawson Arden International 25.979s
8 Callum Ilott ART Grand Prix 26.213s
9 Juan Manuel Correa Jenzer Motorsport 27.125s
10 Jake Hughes ART Grand Prix 27.418s
11 Ryan Tveter Trident 27.483s
12 Christian Lundgaard MP Motorsport 27.529s
13 Simo Laaksonen Campos Racing 41.869s
14 Diego Menchaca Campos Racing 42.332s
15 Gabriel Aubry Arden International 43.203s
16 Julien Falchero Arden International 47.372s
17 Tatiana Calderon Jenzer Motorsport 48.282s
18 David Beckmann Jenzer Motorsport 1m02.380s
- Dorian Boccolacci MP Motorsport Disqualified
- Niko Kari MP Motorsport Disqualified


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