GP3 Red Bull Ring: Luca Ghiotto takes maiden victory

Trident driver Luca Ghiotto claimed his first GP3 victory in the feature race at the Red Bull Ring

GP3 Red Bull Ring: Luca Ghiotto takes maiden victory

The 20-year-old Italian started from pole position, but just as at the start of the feature race in the Barcelona season-opener in May, ART Grand Prix's Estaben Ocon got a better launch to jump him at the start.

Seconds later, the safety car was deployed after Mitch Gilbert stalled from 10th position on the grid and was collected by Kevin Ceccon.

The impact briefly launched Ceccon's car, which then spun across the track and collected Samin Gomez - all of which led to a lengthy clean-up operation that took four laps to complete.

But at the restart, Ocon locked up and ran wide over the asphalt runoff at the first corner, allowing Ghiotto to close onto his tail.

Initially, Ocon held firm, but on the second lap of green-flag racing Ghiotto got ahead on the run to Turn 2.

At that point, Ghiotto checked out, gradually pulling a comfortable lead and taking a dominant victory.

Ocon was unable to hold onto second in the face of the charging Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco, who had taken the restart in sixth place.

Fuoco passed Sandy Stuvik for fifth and later dispatched both Emil Bernstorff and Marvin Kirchhofer on the same lap to climb to third.

With just under six laps remaining, Fuoco than passed Ocon to take second into Turn 2 before pulling away, eventually crossing the line 12 seconds behind Ghiotto.

Ocon held on to third under pressure from Bernstorff, while Nissan-backed Jann Mardenborough climbed from 12th on the grid to take fifth place after also passing Kirchhofer.

Kirchhofer reclaimed sixth from Stuvik on the final lap, with Ralph Boschung earning pole position for Sunday's sprint race in eighth place.

Oscar Tunjo and Alex Fontana completed the top 10. Alex Palou, who started third, finished 14th after plummeting down the order in the seconds before the safety car was deployed.

RESULTS - 24 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Luca Ghiotto Trident 38m25.156s
2 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 11.958s
3 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 12.641s
4 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 13.437s
5 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 19.335s
6 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 19.709s
7 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 28.749s
8 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 29.462s
9 Oscar Tunjo Trident 33.071s
10 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 34.521s
11 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 36.069s
12 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 39.669s
13 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 40.589s
14 Alex Palou Campos Racing 42.534s
15 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 42.934s
16 Alex Bosak Arden International 43.331s
17 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 43.848s
18 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 44.126s
19 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 48.713s
20 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 1 Lap
21 Artur Janosz Trident 2 Laps
- Mitch Gilbert Carlin Collision
- Samin Gomez Campos Racing Collision
- Kevin Ceccon Arden International Collision

RACE TWO GRID:

Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport - -
2 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix - -
3 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix - -
4 Jann Mardenborough Carlin - -
5 Emil Bernstorff Arden International - -
6 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix - -
7 Antonio Fuoco Carlin - -
8 Luca Ghiotto Trident - -
9 Oscar Tunjo Trident - -
10 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix - -
11 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport - -
12 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport - -
13 Matt Parry Koiranen GP - -
14 Alex Palou Campos Racing - -
15 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix - -
16 Alex Bosak Arden International - -
17 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP - -
18 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing - -
19 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix - -
20 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP - -
21 Artur Janosz Trident - -
22 Mitch Gilbert Carlin - -
23 Samin Gomez Campos Racing - -


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