In treacherous conditions at the Hungaroring, Tom Dillmann survived an early off-track excursion to secure his maiden Formula V8 3.5 Series victory on Sunday.
Dillmann’s three previous pole positions in the series had not seen the Frenchman convert them into victory, but it was fourth time lucky, with the victory also being the first for his AVF team.
Heavy rain saw the race begin behind the safety car for four laps, and there was chaos immediately when the race began properly, with Roy Nissany spinning his Lotus at the final corner in front of the chasing pack, while a number of other drivers struggled for grip on the freshly re-laid track in the low grip conditions.
Louis Deletraz spun his Fortec Motorsports machine at turn two, narrowly being avoided by Arden Motorsport’s Aurélien Panis, while Dillmann ran off track later on the lap after aquaplaning and handing the lead to Matthieu Vaxiviere.
The big turning point came when the pit stop window opened, with Dillmann, Panis and Deletraz taking to the pit lane immediately, but Vaxiviere stayed out, which ultimately proved to be a disaster for the SMP Racing driver as the safety car was deployed due to Vitor Baptista’s RP Motorsport car being stranded in a dangerous position at the final corner.
With Vaxiviere stuck behind the safety car, effectively it gave those who pitted immediately a free pit stop, with Panis getting out ahead of Dillmann.
On the restart, Dillmann made a good move on Panis to secure what would be the race lead when those ahead made their mandatory pit stops, and it looked like the AVF driver would stroll to victory.
However he did not account for the charge of Nissany, who passed both Deletraz and Panis to move into second before ending the race on Dillmann’s rear wing, but ran out of laps before he could make a move to take what would have been his own maiden victory.
Panis survived a late off-road excursion of his own to complete the podium, but ended up more than eleven seconds back of the front row, while Deletraz finished fourth ahead of Vaxiviere.
Yu Kanamaru was on course for fifth, with the Teo Martin Motorsport driver running on Deletraz’s tail over the closing laps, but a penultimate corner spin and slow recovery saw him drop to tenth, the last of the classified finishers.
Race one winner Johnny Cecotto Jr moved up to sixth for RP Motorsport as a result of Kanamaru’s misfortune, with the second Lotus of Rene Binder in close attention, while Pietro Fittipaldi was eighth for Fortec ahead of Egor Orudzhev of Arden Motorsport and Kanamaru.
Both Matevos Isaakyan of SMP Racing and Giuseppe Cipriani of the Durango Racing Team both spun out while running inside the points, while AVF’s Alfonso Celis Jr spun out on the same lap to that of Baptista that brought out the race changing safety car.
Beitske Visser failed to start in the second Teo Martin Motorsport entry after her car stalled on the grid, with the team unable to get it going again to allow her to get on track.
Hungaroring Race 2 Result
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