Campos Racing claimed its first victory of the 2017 GP3 Series as Raoul Hyman converted his reverse grid pole position to victory at the Red Bull Ring.
Hyman had started the opening race of the weekend down in 13th, and was able to quickly move himself up into the top ten to take eighth place on the final lap and claim pole position for the Sprint Race.
Unlike when he started from reverse pole position at Circuit de Catalunya, Hyman made the start work for him to claim a lights-to-flag victory.
“I am absolutely over the moon,” Hyman said. “It sounds fantastic — I have been wanting to be here for a while and here I am — this is so special!”
“It wasn’t as easy as it looked but that was the perfect race,” Raoul admitted.
“I had a pretty good start and there was no challenge in the first corner. From there the race was still quite tough — the car was good enough for us to be quick in the right places but the slipstream effect around the Red Bull Ring is quite big and Giuliano Alesi was behind me, so I really had to push in the high speed corners to make sure I had a big enough gap before the next straight.
“As a result, I never really had to defend in the braking zones even though he had DRS.
“It’s always quite nerve racking to drive the car home — you tend to feel and listen double to everything in the car, but it ran like a dream to the finish and I am over the moon.
“My first win in my fourth race in GP3 is huge for me but I could never do that without the team that I have around me so it’s huge thanks to Adrian and the entire Campos team and to my dad and my management team — we have done it — thanks so much to every last one of you!”
The series now heads straight to Silverstone for the third round of the season, with an extended weekend plan as practice will move to the Thursday with qualifying on Friday and the races still remain on Saturday and Sunday.
“Now going to next weekend, it’s a huge confidence boost for the team as well because they deserve it.”