Stanaway hangs on for Hungary Win after Visoiu Challenge

Richie Stanaway took his second GP3 Series victory of the season but had to fight off the strong challenge of Robert Visoiu at the Hungaroring to move into second place in the championship.

Stanaway led away from the start but it was Arden International driver Visoiu who made the best getaway, moving up onto the Status Grand Prix drivers tail, and was never more than six tenths of a second adrift from there on in.

With his tyres fading in the closing laps, Stanaway became under increasing pressure from the Romanian, but ultimately it was a mistake from the New Zealander that saw Visoiu make a move at the turn 6 chicane, but the Romanian got too much wheelspin and almost spun the car but was lucky to hold on. However he lost second place to the second Status Grand Prix car of Nick Yelloly, and the Briton held on to complete a Status 1-2, with Visoiu third.

Championship leader Alex Lynn was fourth for Carlin after making a bad start from the front row, while his team-mate Emil Bernstorff was fifth after a late race move on the Arden International machine of Patric Niederhauser.

The third Arden of Jann Mardenborough also made a good start to take seventh, while reverse grid pole position for race two went to Dino Zamparelli, who had a relatively lonely race in his ART Grand Prix machine to finish eighth.

Dean Stoneman took ninth place for Marussia Manor Racing ahead of Jimmy Eriksson of Koiranen GP, who could only take one point away from the opening race of the weekend as he continues to fall away from the championship battle. The Swede is now third, 41 points behind Lynn, and 14 behind Stanaway.

Hungaroring Race 1 Result

1 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 27m36.453s
2 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix +2.606s
3 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International +2.833s
4 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin +3.997s
5 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin +4.314s
6 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International +5.762s
7 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International +6.352s
8 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix +12.039s
9 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing +18.093s
10 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP +18.762s
11 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix +20.182s
12 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP +20.361s
13 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing +21.650s
14 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix +22.048s
15 Roman de Beer RSA Trident Racing +24.933s
16 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix +26.700s
17 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin +26.976s
18 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport +27.363s
19 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport +29.576s
20 Mitchell Gilbert AUS Trident Racing +30.627s
21 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport +30.946s
22 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport +31.655s
23 Christopher Hoher AUT Jenzer Motorsport +31.922s
24 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing +33.168s
25 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP +1m12.000s
RET Sebastian Balthasar GER Hilmer Motorsport 11 Laps