MW Arden have taken a 1-2 finish in the second GP3 race at the Hungaroring with Robert Visoiu taking the flag.
Second was Carlos Sainz effectively dealing with the pressure exerted on the pair after a late safety car meant there was a two lap dash for the flag with Kevin Korjus leading the charge but falling short and gaining another podium for Koiranen GP.
Indeed the safety car was launched due to a decidedly bad race for one team – Bamboo Engineering team mates Melville McKee and Lewis Williamson collided meaning the safety car had to be called in order to allow the marshals to recover the two stricken cars.
The race also highlighted the limited overtaking potential available to drivers of the new for 2013 GP3 racer – Tio Ellinas was stuck in eleventh for the majority of the race behind cars that should have been achievable targets for the championship leader but the Cypriot only gained one place after the safety car went back in – even then that was because Jimmy Eriksson ran wide on the final lap.
It also put an end to the 8 consecutive points finish for the Marussia Manor Racing driver held before this weekend – it means that his GP3 title rivals have closed up in the title race – more on that later.
Battles were raging down the track and the biggest was for the spot occupied by Korjus – the biggest challenge was from ART Grand Prix racer Facu Regalia and team mate Jack Harvey – but both failed to make it past and had to settle for fourth and fifth respectively.
Sixth place went to Giovanni Venturini, seventh place was Daniil Kvyat and rounding out the points finishing places was Conor Daly gaining a solitary point for his troubles.
As mentioned earlier Tio Ellinas has lost significant ground over his rivals – his 91 points only one ahead of Facu Regalia – Aaro Vainio is on 75, tied with both Jack Harvey and Kevin Korjus.