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First GP3 Win of the Season for Dorian Boccolacci in Hungary

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Dorian Boccolacci: 2018 GP3 Series - Hungaroring
Credit: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

Dorian Boccolacci claimed his first GP3 Series victory of the season, and the first for MP Motorsport in the series at the Hungaroring.

The Frenchman, started from reverse grid pole position and opened up and advantage over the field to take the victory by just over two seconds.

Having started from third on the grid, ART Grand Prix‘s Callum Ilott had a strong getaway from the grid to move himself straight up into second where he remained for the rest of the race.

Completing the podium was championship leader Anthoine Hubert for his second third place of the weekend.

At the start second placed man on the grid Juan Manuel Correa challenged Boccolacci but was not able to contend with the Frenchman and ultimately fell behind the ART duo for fourth.

Behind, Leonardo Pulcini had leapt into fifth place and had the Trident‘s of David Beckmann and Ryan Tveter on his rear.

Correa tried to make up on the ground which he had lost by challenging Hubert but was unable to capitalise on the opportunity.

In what the Finn has called his worst weekend ever, Niko Kari ended the opening lap in the barrier after making contact with series newcomer Jannes Fittje that caused the former to retire and the latter to finish seventeenth after having to come into the pits.

The stewards investigated the incident but deemed no action was warranted.

Out front Boccolacci had began to exert his advantage over the rest of the pack to break free of the chasing Ilott, by lap six this stood at four and a half seconds.

Hubert was also free of the pressure of Correa, but the American was falling into the clutches of Pulcini who had Beckmann and Tveter coming with him.

Pulcini found his way through Correa with little problem leaving Beckmann to attack his former Jenzer Motorsport team-mate.

Correa put on a strong defence against Beckmann, who used up his DRS trying to find a way through on the American with his best chance coming on lap nine but all he could do was bump his wing against the fifth placed man.

As the race reached its half way point, Boccolacci started suffering degradation on his tyres, with this being the opportunity Ilott needed to try and cut into the MP driver’s advantage.

The Briton slowly cut into the advantage of the race leader but it was too little too late as he did not quite have the pace to pose a realistic threat to the race lead.

Boccolacci’s advantage was down to 3.8 seconds but still had the race very much in his control.

Meanwhile, the battle between Correa and the two Tridents continued to wage on when Tveter launched a fantastic move on Beckmann around the outside of Turn 1.

On the final lap, Ilott took a further second and a half out of Boccolacci but the Frenchman was already well on his way to taking his first win of the year and MP Motorsports first in the GP3 Series.

Hubert completed the podium, and was almost seven second ahead of Pulcini in fourth.

Correa remained ahead of his countryman to take fifth with Tveter leading home his team-mate.

Tatiana Calderon finished eighth to complete the points scores and claim her first point of the season.

Heading into the summer break, Hubert remains on top of the championship 15 points ahead of Ilott. Pulcini is third in standings, just one point ahead of Nikita Mazepin.

The series returns to action 24-26 August at Spa-Francorchamps.

2018 GP3 Series Results: Hungaroring – Sprint Race

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