GP3 Series

Kari in the Points at the Hungaroring

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Red Bull Junior Team member Niko Kari had a strong weekend at the Hungaroring which saw the Finn claim a double points finish.

The Arden International driver qualified in seventh place for Saturday’s Feature Race and had been challenging for fourth when he ran too deep and a hectic gear change resulted in the engine temporarily losing power, dropping the 17-year-old down the order.

Kari managed to fight his way back up to ninth, narrowly missing out on the reverse grid pole position.

“We knew the race pace should be good and Race 1 was going well, I got past a few and was going for P4 but missed my braking point and got in a bit deep, had to hurry the back shifts and the engine went into fault mode so I lost a lot more time than I should have.”

Kari managed to make up positions in the Sprint Race to take the flag in sixth place.

 “There were some good overtakes but I’m not that happy with my weekend, certainly things to learn from. Being consistently in the top ten is one thing but it’s not what I am looking for, top three or four and racing for the win is what I want to be doing.”

“Spa is next and that’s one of my favourite tracks, I know we can make use of what we learnt this weekend and do better there.”

The series now goes on its enforced summer break, with racing resuming 26-27 August at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

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