In just his fourth weekend in the GP3 Series, Ryan Tveter made it onto the podium at the Hungaroring.
Tveter started Sunday’s Sprint Race from reverse grid pole position after finishing the Feature Race the previous day in eighth place.
The American made a strong getaway from pole but as he covered team-mate Kevin Jörg it allowed Silverstone Sprint Race winner Giuliano Alesi through into the lead which he maintained over the course of the 17 lap race.
Tveter tried to bring the challenge to Alesi for the race victory but just fell short to cross the line 0.6 seconds behind the Frenchman.
Jörg completed the podium with Dorian Boccolacci coming home in fourth to make it a Trident 1-2-3-4.
“To see the American flag up there on the podium in front of a massive crowd was wonderful. And our team is a very close-knit team, so to get that result together is fantastic! A massive thank you to Ricardo Gelael and all the guys at KFC and Pertamina for supporting us to make this result. We’re heading to summer break with a great feeling!
“The pace was there; we just had to manage our tires. We made a good improvement from yesterday after a tough qualifying with the late red flag. I lost the lead when I locked up in the first corner a little bit. Giuliano was able to take the inside and get a good run going into Turn 2. But it was really close between us. Giuliano and I touched a little bit once, but it was fair racing.”
Tveter now sits in ninth of the drivers’ championship after two points finishes in Hungary at the midway point of the season.
The series now takes its annual summer break with racing resuming at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps 25-27 August.