Hungaroring GP3: Alexander Albon takes points lead with victory

Alexander Albon won the second GP3 race at the Hungaroring to seize the championship lead from his ART team-mate Charles Leclerc

Hungaroring GP3: Alexander Albon takes points lead with victory

Albon secured his third win of the season ahead of Jenzer Motorsport's Arjun Maini, with Leclerc completing the podium in a processional race that feature little tyre degradation.

At the start, Albon reacted better than reverse grid polesitter Maini off the line and the Anglo-Thai driver sealed the lead on the run down to Turn 1.

But as the leaders exited the corner the safety car was swiftly deployed as Akash Nandy had an enormous accident at the rear of the field.

The Jenzer Motorsport driver was clipped by ART's McLaren junior Nyck de Vries on the approach to Turn 1, which sent him into the inside barrier and into a series of barrel rolls before his car came to rest upside down.

Nandy walked away from the incident but the safety car remained out for four laps as the marshals cleared away the debris.

Just before the race resumed, Ralph Böschung tagged Leclerc as they followed Albon and Maini through the penultimate corner, which resulted in a drive-through penalty for the Koiranen GP driver.

Up front, Albon pulled clear of Maini and, although the Indian driver closed in approaching the halfway point, the leader opened up the gap in the closing stages to win by 3.3 seconds, despite nearly running off the track at Turn 8 on the final lap.

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Leclerc pushed Maini hard for second until he locked up at Turn 13 towards the end of the race and lost ground, dropping back and settling for the final podium spot.

Jack Aitken claimed his best finish in GP3 with fourth Arden, ahead of ART's Nirei Fukuzumi and race one winner Matthew Parry of Koiranen.

Jake Dennis and Matevos Isaakyan came home seventh and eighth, with DAMS' Kevin Joerg and Trident's Ferrari F1 junior Antonio Fuoco completing the top 10.

De Vries, who had claimed pole position for Saturday's feature race only to stall on the formation lap, rose from 20th on the grid to 13th by the finish after a series of brave moves and opportunistic overtakes.

Albon now leads Leclerc by three points in the championship.

RESULT - 17 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 30m01.514s
2 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 3.365s
3 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 4.363s
4 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 6.955s
5 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 8.848s
6 Jack Aitken Arden International 10.908s
7 Jake Dennis Arden International 13.635s
8 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 14.600s
9 Kevin Jorg DAMS 15.820s
10 Antonio Fuoco Trident 16.562s
11 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 18.051s
12 Artur Janosz Trident 19.330s
13 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 20.150s
14 Alex Palou Campos Racing 22.892s
15 Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 23.631s
16 Giuliano Alesi Trident 24.330s
17 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 27.348s
18 Sandy Stuvik Trident 28.354s
19 Jake Hughes DAMS 28.676s
20 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 29.312s
21 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 30.151s
22 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 34.831s
- Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport Collision

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Alexander Albon 107
2 Charles Leclerc 104
3 Antonio Fuoco 90
4 Matt Parry 53
5 Ralph Boschung 48
6 Nyck de Vries 46
7 Nirei Fukuzumi 43
8 Jake Dennis 35
9 Jake Hughes 31
10 Arjun Maini 20
11 Oscar Tunjo 18
12 Jack Aitken 18
13 Alex Palou 13
14 Kevin Jorg 13
15 Santino Ferrucci 8
16 Sandy Stuvik 8
17 Steijn Schothorst 6
18 Matevos Isaakyan 5
19 Artur Janosz 2
20 Akash Nandy 0
21 Richard Gonda 0
22 Konstantin Tereschenko 0
23 Tatiana Calderon 0
24 Giuliano Alesi 0
25 Mahaveer Raghunathan 0

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