Nick Tandy kept himself in the title hunt for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup taking his second win og the season from pole position at the Hungaroring.
The Konrad Motorsports driver led home his fellow Briton Sean Edwards and championship rival Rene Rast to close to within 10 points at the top of the points race.
“That was fantastic. It's such a great feeling to be up the front again,” said Tandy. “We'd hoped to win in Hockenheim and were extremely disappointed after our retirement. And now, one week later, to grab pole and win is just what we wanted. We've taken home a load of points today, and with two races to go anything can happen. I've already secured the Rookie of the Year title, but to be honest it's not enough.”
“Let's call it damage control today,” Rast explained. “I couldn't do anything more. I see this as a positive. After all, with third I earned some precious points towards the championship. And that's what's important. Don't risk too much and still collect points at each race – that's how you win championships. If I risk too much it could easily backfire.”
The third man who entered the Hungarian round with a chance at taking the title – Stefan Rosina – was one of many drivers taken out in a flurry of opening lap incidents that began a five lap safety car period.
The Slovakian span into the gravel trap at turn three together with Norbert Siedler, ending his realistic chance of lifting the title – a chance only reignited by Tandy and Rast's DNFs at Hockenheim the week before.
One corner later four more cars were taken out including Rosina's Lechner Racing teammate Alessandro Zampedri and SANITEC / GILTRAP Racing pair William Langhorne and Matt Halliday – American Langhorne crashing head-on into a tyre bundle the impact paving in the windscreen of the Porsche.
Tandy made a good restart once the carnage was cleared and pulled out to just over two second lead by the end of the race over Edwards, Rast a further two seconds behind.
Reigning champions Jeroen Bleekemolen finished fourth and Jaap van Lagen fifth.
Porsche veterans Patrick Huisman, Jan Seyffarth and Sascha Maassen beat Supercup newcomer, and another Briton in the points, Tim Bridgman who scored the final point for Schnabl Engineering Team Parker Racing.