Red Bull Ring GP3: Ralph Boschung wins amid rain and safety cars

Ralph Boschung took honours in the reversed-grid GP3 Series race at the Red Bull Ring, which featured only three laps of racing in torrentially wet conditions

Red Bull Ring GP3: Ralph Boschung wins amid rain and safety cars

Koiranen GP's German-Swiss lined up fourth as the race began under the safety car, and immediately moved up to third when Nirei Fukuzumi - second on the grid - ground to a halt, the Japanese then coaxing his car back into life before returning to the pits.

When the race went green there were just 11 minutes remaining on the clock.

Poleman Jake Hughes wisely took it gingerly through Turn 1, but the chasing Matt Parry exited the corner with more momentum and clipped the back of the Englishman's DAMS car, sending Hughes into a spin.

Boschung got a run on Koiranen team-mate Parry into Turn 2 and grabbed the lead, and Parry then went through the gravel with Nyck de Vries at Turn 3.

Alexander Albon, who had started seventh, was now up into second place, but the safety car appeared again to retrieve the stranded cars of Konstantin Tereshchenko and Matevos Isaakyan.

When the race went green it looked as though ART Grand Prix driver Albon may be able to make a play for the lead, but he was to be foiled once again.

Saturday winner Charles Leclerc had dropped towards the back of the field with an incident on the first lap of green-flag racing, and on the restart he was racing side-by-side up to Turn 2 with race-one retirement Jake Dennis when they collided.

While Dennis went into the barriers, an out-of-control Leclerc spun helplessly into the innocent Tatiana Calderon, who was minding her own business turning through Turn 2, causing yet another safety-car appearance.

The safety car returned to the pits just in time for Boschung to take the chequered flag from Albon and Trident runner Antonio Fuoco.

De Vries finished fourth ahead of Jack Aitken and Hughes, with Parry and Sandy Stuvik completing the points scorers.

RESULTS - 17 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Ralph Boschung Koiranen GP 33m57.642s
2 Alexander Albon ART Grand Prix 0.841s
3 Antonio Fuoco Trident 1.784s
4 Nyck de Vries ART Grand Prix 2.276s
5 Jack Aitken Arden International 2.440s
6 Jake Hughes DAMS 3.103s
7 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 3.486s
8 Sandy Stuvik Trident 4.802s
9 Artur Janosz Trident 5.038s
10 Santino Ferrucci DAMS 6.017s
11 Alex Palou Campos Racing 6.169s
12 Steijn Schothorst Campos Racing 7.080s
13 Oscar Tunjo Jenzer Motorsport 7.349s
14 Kevin Jorg DAMS 9.539s
- Jake Dennis Arden International Retirement
- Tatiana Calderon Arden International Retirement
- Charles Leclerc ART Grand Prix Retirement
- Akash Nandy Jenzer Motorsport Retirement
- Konstantin Tereschenko Campos Racing Retirement
- Matevos Isaakyan Koiranen GP Retirement
- Richard Gonda Jenzer Motorsport Retirement
- Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Charles Leclerc 58
2 Alexander Albon 53
3 Antonio Fuoco 42
4 Jake Hughes 31
5 Nyck de Vries 31
6 Ralph Boschung 30
7 Nirei Fukuzumi 21
8 Oscar Tunjo 18
9 Jake Dennis 14
10 Kevin Jorg 12
11 Matt Parry 10
12 Jack Aitken 8
13 Matevos Isaakyan 4
14 Sandy Stuvik 2


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