GP3 Series

Oscar Tunjo takes his maiden GP3 win while Ocon is disqualified

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Oscar Tunjo took his maiden GP3 win from ninth on the grid after a thrilling sprint-race at the Red Bull Ring.

Trident driver Tunjo made a great start following a safety car restart, caused by an incident between Antonio Fuoco and Jann Mardenborough at Turn 2 on the opening lap.

Ferrari protege Fuoco lost control under braking and went into the back of Mardenborough. This launched Fuoco, who recieved a three place grid penalty for causing the incident, into the air for a brief moment before he collided with a helpless Sandy Stuvik.

Fuoco and Stuvik were forced to retire while Mardenborough limped back to the pits and was able to continue.

Tunjo held back until lap 10 to preserve tyre life but began his assault through the field with pole-position man Ralph Boschung first up. He then dispatched Emil Bernstorff and race-one winner Luca Ghiotto a lap later for third.

He was forced to make a bold move on Esteban Ocon – who was later disqualified for a technical infringement – into Turn 5 to take second place. He made it stick and swiftly set about catching leader Marvin Kirchhofer.

ART Grand Prix driver Kirchhofer tried his best to hold onto the lead but it was no good. On lap 15 Tunjo was forced to go the long way round on the outside but made the move stick to secure first place.

Kirchhofer and Ocon held on for a podium ahead of points leader Ghiotto and Bernstorff.

Matheo Tuscher finished sixth before being disqualified. Both Tuscher and Ocon’s cars didn’t conform with the undertray height dimensions after the race and they were therefore both excluded, with Ocon losing vital points from his podium finish.

This meant Seb Morris, who started down in 19th moved up a place ahead of Alex Fontana, Matt Parry and pole-position man Boschung.

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