Hughes rounds out Hockenheim Weekend with Maiden Win

Jake Hughes (GBR, DAMS) celebrates after taking the victory. 2016 GP3 Series Round 5 Hockenhiem, Germany Sunday 31 July 2016 Photo: /GP3 Series Media Service ref: Digital Image _W2Q2526

Jake Hughes fought back to the front to claim his first GP3 Series win. The Brit had started on pole for the second Hockenheim race, but would only retake the lead just before the virtual safety car was called.

Arjun Maini had made the most of polesitter Hughes’ poor start, taking the lead into turn one. The DAMS driver attempted to minimise the damage and held off the pack to keep second as the cars completed their first lap.

At the back, Ralph Boschung found himself in the wars, as he collected Arthur Janosz into the hairpin. The Swiss drivers front wing was caught under Janosz’s car and the he soon crashed with no traction and a rear puncture.

A virtual safety car was called just as Hughes got alongside Maini. His move was deemed to be legal and on the restart, Hughes drove off into the distance.

Maini though timed it poorly and lost a number of places, falling to sixth. Some had benefited from the restart though, as Charles Leclerc worked his way into second in front of Jack Aitken. The gap between the top three became incredibly stretched out as the race approached its halfway stage.

One driver who hadn’t benefited was Antonio Fuoco. He soon made his problem worse after running wide at the first corner and dropping out of the top ten.

Further back, Santino Ferrucci looked to defend a personal best result of the season. The American had made his way into fourth but spent the first half under pressure from Matt Parry, Maini and Nyck de Vries.

The pressure was temporarily relieved though as Maini finally made a position back up the grid. The Indian wasn’t the only driver on the move though, as Jake Dennis pressured de Vries for seventh. Dennis would later disposed of Parry for sixth.

Back up front, Leclerc once again found himself struggling on his tyres. Aitken knew this and used the slipstream into the hairpin to take second.

Unchallenged, Hughes took his and DAMS first ever GP3 victory. Aitken ended up in second with Leclerc hanging on to a late podium. Ferrucci took his equal best result of the season as Maini recovered to fifth after his poor VSC restart.

Dennis’ drive through the field gifted him four points for sixth, while Parry and de Vries were not able to capitalise on a bad day for the the remaining championship contenders.

Hockenheim Race 2 Results

127Jake HughesGBRDAMS29m51.41
211Jack AitkenGBRArden International29m54.01
31Charles LeclercMonART Grand Prix29m57.29
426Santino FerrucciUSADAMS29m58.25
520Arjun MainiINDJenzer Motorsport29m59.13
69Jake DennisGBRArden International30m00.35
714Matt ParryGBRKoiranen GP30m05.85
84Nyck De VriesNEDART Grand Prix30m08.10
910Tatiana CalderonCOLArden International30m08.35
1028Kevin JoergSUIDAMS30m09.34
112Nirei FukuzumiJPNART Grand Prix30m09.97
128Sandy StuvikTHATrident30m19.21
1316Matevos IsaakyanRUSKoiranen GP30m20.26
147Giuliano AlesiFRETrident30m20.61
1524Konstantin TereschenkoRUSCampos Racing30m21.05
1618Akash NandyMASJenzer Motorsport30m21.34
1723Steijn SchothorstNEDCampos Racing30m21.75
RET5Antonio FuocoITATridentRetired
RET22Alex PalouESPCampos RacingRetired
RET17Ralph BoschungSUIKoiranen GPRetired
RET3Alexander AlbonTHAART Grand PrixRetired
RET6Arthur JanoszPOLTridentRetired