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GP3 Red Bull Ring: Oscar Tunjo takes maiden win from ninth on grid

Oscar Tunjo charged to his maiden GP3 victory from ninth on the grid at the Red Bull Ring

The 19-year-old Colombian made a good start to run sixth at the restart after an early safety car, deployed after a first-lap accident at Turn 2.

This was as a result of race-one star Antonio Fuoco braking too late while trying to repulse an attack from Luca Ghiotto and slid into Jann Mardenborough.

This briefly launched Fuoco into the air in a crash that also eliminated Sandy Stuvik - although Mardenborough was able to make it back to the pits and rejoin to finish 15th in his hobbled car missing some of its sidepod.

When the race restarted on lap four, Tunjo took it easy early on so as to have the tyre life to attack on the closing stages.

He launched his charge to the front on lap 10 by passing pole-position starter Ralph Boschung, who had lost the lead to Marvin Kirchhofer on lap five, for fifth.

Two laps later, Tunjo took fourth from Emil Bernstorff through the final double right-hander and a lap later he dispatched race-one winner Luca Ghiotto for third.

On the following lap, reigning European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon - who had run second behind Kirchhofer after also passing Boschung - fell to Tunjo in a move that started at Turn 3 and was completed into Turn 5.

That left only leader Kirchhoffer for Tunjo to deal with. Kirchhoffer defended into Turn 2 on the 15th of 18 laps, only for Tunjo to hang on around the outside and make the move stick thanks to getting the power down well at the exit.

Kirchhofer and Ocon completed the podium, with Ghiotto retaining his points lead with fourth place ahead of Bernstorff.

Ocon loses race two podium finish

Matheo Tuscher finished sixth ahead of Status Grand Prix driver Seb Morris, who picked up his first points in GP3 after a strong drive from 19th on the grid.

RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Oscar Tunjo Trident 18 26m51.893s
2 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 18 3.034s
3 Luca Ghiotto Trident 18 4.093s
4 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 18 5.394s
5 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 18 10.494s
6 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 18 11.179s
7 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 18 11.257s
8 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 18 14.686s
9 Artur Janosz Trident 18 18.900s
10 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 18 19.657s
11 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 18 19.787s
12 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 18 19.940s
13 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 18 20.255s
14 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 18 27.495s
15 Alex Bosak Arden International 18 28.306s
16 Samin Gomez Campos Racing 17 1 Lap
- Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 18 Disqualified
- Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 18 Disqualified
- Antonio Fuoco Carlin 0 Retirement
- Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 0 Retirement
- Alex Palou Campos Racing 0 Retirement
- Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 0 Retirement
- Kevin Ceccon Arden International 0 Withdrawn
- Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 0 Not started

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Luca Ghiotto 66
2 Marvin Kirchhofer 47
3 Esteban Ocon 44
4 Emil Bernstorff 41
5 Jann Mardenborough 32
6 Antonio Fuoco 30
7 Jimmy Eriksson 20
8 Oscar Tunjo 17
9 Kevin Ceccon 10
10 Alex Fontana 7
11 Seb Morris 6
12 Sandy Stuvik 6
13 Ralph Boschung 5
14 Matt Parry 2
15 Alfonso Celis 1
16 Artur Janosz 0
17 Zaid Ashkanani 0
18 Pal Varhaug 0
19 Mitch Gilbert 0
20 Matheo Tuscher 0
21 Alex Palou 0
22 Adderly Fong 0
23 Alex Bosak 0
24 Samin Gomez 0

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