GP3 Series

Beckmann Fastest in First GP3 Outing with Trident

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David Beckmann: 2018 GP3 Series - Hungaroring
Credit: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

David Beckmann was quickest for Trident in the opening GP3 Series session at the Hungaroring.

The session was the first time the German had stepped into the Trident after switching from Jenzer Motorsport to replace the promoted Alessio Lorandi.

Beckmann snatched the top spot in the dying moments with a lap time of 1:32.035 to beat Anthoine Hubert by half a tenth.

Hubert’s ART Grand Prix team-mate Callum Ilott was third fastest.

As has become tradition, the session opened with a planned Virtual Safety Car period which lasted for five minutes before the running got underway.

Silverstone Sprint Race winner Pedro Piquet was the one to get the action going with the first sub-2 minute lap.

This was quickly surpassed by his new team-mate Beckmann before another Trident driver seized the advantage as Ryan Tveter found a second in hand.

Hubert managed to find a further second on Tveter to surge to the top of the standings.

Next to take to the top spot was Campos Racing‘s Leonardo Pulcini as the pace ramped up. ART’s Nikita Mazepin found some time over the Italian before it was Hubert once again on top.

As the session progressed Hubert’s time was challenged with Joey Mawson, Beckmann, Pulcini and Giuliano Alesi all coming up short.

Eventually it was Tatiana Calderon who displaced the Frenchman at the top as the first into the 1m32s.

The Colombian remained on top until Ilott dispatched of her, only for the other three ART drivers to follow suit with five minutes remaining on the clock.

Hubert returned to the top having taking five hundredths out of Ilott when the yellow flags were brought out after Mawson took a trip over the kerbs at Turn 4.

Beckmann then emerged to set the best time of the session as the chequered flag waved to relegate the championship leader to second.

Ilott held on to third ahead of Jake Hughes, as Pulcini ended in fifth.

Mazepin was sixth ahead of Calderon as Diego Menchaca, Boccolacci and Alesi completed the top ten.

2018 GP3 Series Results: Hungaroring – Practice

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