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Afanasiev Wins Auto GP Race 2 In Hungary

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Sergei Afanasiev scored his maiden Auto GP victory in Race 2 at the Hungaroring.

The Russian DAMS driver took the lead of the race when leading pair Rodolfo Gonzalez and Fabrizio Crestani made contact on the opening lap as the latter made a move for the lead. Both dropped to the back of the pack as a result of their tangle.

Afanasiev did a good job to hold onto his lead from Luca Filippi, who had made up a host of places at the start having started 11th on the grid. The duo streaked away at the head of the field, and while Filippi applied pressure on Afanasiev he finished one second adrift.

“My last win dated back to 2009 on this same track, so we could say that Budapest is really special to me,” said Afanasiev afterwards. “The race wasn't easy but I had a good start and when I realized that the two in front were really aggressive I decided to wait for something to happen. It came earlier than I thought and I made the most of it, with a double overtaking move with Filippi that was very fun.

“From then on it was hard because knowing that you have Luca behind it's never easy, and I 'm very proud that I managed to resist his pressure. Thanks to DAMS, the car was great and good on the tyres even with such a hot weather.”

Bruno Mendez finished third for Campos Racing, 16 seconds behind the winner. He held off pressure from Adrien Tambay. Rio Haryanto finished fifth, ahead of Fabio Onidi, Giovanni Venturini and Pasquale di Sabatino.

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