Hungaroring GP3: Matt Parry scores first victory with Koiranen

Koiranen GP driver Matt Parry claimed his first GP3 win with a dominant performance in the first race at the Hungaroring ahead of Trident's Antonio Fuoco

Hungaroring GP3: Matt Parry scores first victory with Koiranen

Polesitter Nyck de Vries stalled on the grid ahead of the formation lap and the ART driver was forced to start from the pitlane, which meant Parry led when the lights went out.

Ferrari Formula 1 junior Fuoco challenged 2013 McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Parry on the run down to the first corner and kept on applying the pressure around the outside of the long right hander, but the Briton held on and escaped into a lead that he would not lose.

With little degradation affecting the drivers, Parry eased home by 3.2 seconds over Fuoco, with Jake Dennis third a further second behind to claim his first GP3 podium spot.

ART's Nirei Fukuzumi got close to Arden driver Dennis by the chequered flag but had to settle for fourth ahead of Koiranen's Ralph Boschung, who had deposed championship leader Charles Leclerc for fifth in a rare overtaking move in the early stages.

Indeed the race's action was largely confined to the midfield on the first lap, when Giuliano Alesi, Tatiana Calderon, Steijn Schothorst and Jake Hughes came together in an incident through the top chicane and its exit, which forced Hughes to pit for repairs.

Alexander Albon finished seventh for ART; one spot behind his title rival Leclerc, with Arjun Maini eighth for Jenzer Motorsport, which gives the Indian driver reverse grid pole for Sunday's second race.

Jack Aitken and Kevin Jorg rounded out the top 10 for Arden and DAMS.

De Vries set numerous rapid laptimes as he attempted to recover from his pitlane start, but the McLaren junior ultimately ended up 20th despite several opportunistic passes late in the race.

Leclerc's points lead is now up to four ahead of Albon, who has been joined on 90 by Fuoco.

RESULTS - 22 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 35m49.008s
2 Antonio Fuoco Trident 3.283s
3 Jake Dennis Arden International 4.208s
4 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix 5.875s
5 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 6.444s
6 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix 9.762s
7 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 10.425s
8 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport 13.777s
9 Jack Aitken Arden International 14.226s
10 Kevin Jorg DAMS 14.977s
11 Alex Palou Campos Racing 18.728s
12 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP 19.943s
13 Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport 20.320s
14 Artur Janosz Trident 20.914s
15 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 22.111s
16 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing 23.244s
17 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport 23.790s
18 Sandy Stuvik Trident 25.665s
19 Giuliano Alesi Trident 26.571s
20 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 26.885s
21 Tatiana Calderon Arden International 27.914s
22 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 28.312s
23 Jake Hughes DAMS 43.965s

RACE TWO GRID

Pos Driver Team
1 Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport
2 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix
3 Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix
4 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP
5 Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix
6 Jake Dennis Arden International
7 Antonio Fuoco Trident
8 Matt Parry Koiranen GP
9 Jack Aitken Arden International
10 Kevin Jorg DAMS
11 Alex Palou Campos Racing
12 Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP
13 Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport
14 Artur Janosz Trident
15 Santino Ferrucci DAMS
16 Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing
17 Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport
18 Sandy Stuvik Trident
19 Giuliano Alesi Trident
20 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix
21 Tatiana Calderon Arden International
22 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing
23 Jake Hughes DAMS

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