Cecotto Jr secures maiden RP Motorsport victory in Hungary

RP Motorsport secured their maiden Formula V8 3.5 Series triumph as Johnny Cecotto Jr took advantage of mistakes by his rivals to take his own first series victory on Saturday.

The Venezuelan first moved ahead of Louis Deletraz into second before being in the right place at the right time to capitalise on a mistake by long time leader Tom Dillmann on the thirteenth lap.

Despite Dillmann’s best efforts to recover, the AVF driver was forced to settle for second, despite being well clear of the field just prior to a mid-race safety car period that bunched up the field.

Ironically, the safety car was brought out when Dillmann’s AVF team-mate Alfonso Celis Jr clashed with Arden Motorsport’s Egor Orudzhev at turn six, with both drivers ending up in the gravel trap.

Behind the front two, Deletraz survived a fuel leak that ended up with his Fortec Motorsports cockpit being full of fuel to finish on the bottom step of the podium.

Aurélien Panis got the better of his fellow Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere for fourth, the SMP Racing driver ending less than four-tenths of a second adrift of the Arden Motorsport driver at the chequered flag.

Roy Nissany was sixth for Lotus ahead of Teo Martin Motorsport’s Beitske Visser, with Pietro Fittipaldi eighth for Fortec ahead of the second Teo Martin machine of Yu Kanamaru, while Vitor Baptista completed the points scoring positions for RP Motorsport in tenth.

Hungaroring Race 1 Result

121Johnny Cecotto JrVENRP Motorsport42m58.954s
216Tom DillmannFRAAVF+2.290s
31Louis DeletrazSWIFortec Motorsports+3.075s
48Aurelien PanisFRAArden Motorsport+14.082s
523Matthieu VaxiviereFRASMP Racing+14.443s
64Roy NissanyISRLotus+16.162s
76Beitske VisserNEDTeo Martin Motorsport+16.855s
82Pietro FittipaldiBRZFortec Motorsports+17.291s
925Yu KanamaruJAPTeo Martin Motorsport+17.957s
1022Vitor BaptistaBRZRP Motorsport+20.429s
113Rene BinderAUTLotus+20.868s
RET20Giuseppe CiprianiITADurango Racing TeamRetired
RET15Alfonso Celis JrMEXAVFRetired
RET7Egor OrudzhevRUSArden MotorsportRetired
RET26Matevos IsaakyanRUSSMP RacingRetired