Jul 29

GP3: Aitken powers to Budapest victory

Briton dominates for first 2017 win in race 1

GP3 - Jack Aitken, Nirei Fukuzumi, Anthoine Hubert, ART Grand Prix, HungaroringJack Aitken has taken his first win of the season and given his championship challenge a boost with a crushing display of speed and maturity this afternoon in the GP3 Series Race 1 at the Hungaroring, easily controlling his pace as well as his rivals for a relatively simple victory ahead of ART teammates Nirei Fukuzumi and Anthoine Hubert.

The win was set up before the start when Series leader and front row starter George Russell pulled off the circuit on the installation lap after suffering from mechanical gremlins, and when the lights went out Aitken easily led Fukuzumi across the track to cover Dorian Boccolacci before heading into turn 1: the Japanese driver was all over his rear wing but the Briton defended well until a safety car slowed them down, emerging to remove Arjun Maini and Tatiana Calderon’s cars after they stopped separately further back off the track.

Aitken easily controlled the restart which saw Hubert trying in vain to get a jump on Boccolacci, but at the end of the lap Steijn Schothorst also stopped on the circuit, prompting a brief VSC period to deal with the Dutchman’s car before going live again on the same lap: Fukuzumi had a better restart but Aitken had sufficient buffer to deny him his position, although behind them Alessio Lorandi was unable to keep Kevin Jörg behind him, losing P7 in the process before gaining it back next time around when the Swiss driver went too deep at turn 1.

Up at the front Aitken was in a race of his own, setting a string of fastest laps to build a substantial gap back to his teammate, who was soon joined by Hubert: the Frenchman was all over the back of Boccolacci on lap 9 into turn 1, ran side by side with him through turn 2 and claimed P3 at turn 3 before heading off after his teammates, with Niko Kari trying desperately to follow him but just touching wheels with Boccolacci before losing places at turn 1 next time round as he ran deep after trying to pass on the outside of the corner.

And at the flag it was Aitken who eased to victory by more than 4 seconds over Fukuzumi, with Hubert a similar gap behind in P3 but well ahead of Lorandi, who stole 4th from Boccolacci on the penultimate lap. Giuliano Alesi held off his Trident teammates Jörg and Ryan Tveter at the flag, and a disappointed Kari just held off a charging Bruno Baptista for P9.

Provisional Race 1 Classification


Driver Team    
1. Jack Aitken ART Grand Prix    
2. Nirei Fukuzumi ART Grand Prix    
3. Anthoine Hubert ART Grand Prix    
4. Alessio Lorandi Jenzer Motorsport    
5. Dorian Boccolacci Trident    
6. Giuliano Alesi Trident    
7. Kevin Jörg Trident    
8. Ryan Tveter Trident    
9. Niko Kari Arden International    
10. Bruno Baptista DAMS    
11. Marcos Siebert Campos Racing    
12. Matthieu Vaxivière DAMS    
13. Julien Falchero Campos Racing    
14. Raoul Hyman Campos Racing    
15. Leonardo Pulcini Arden International    
Not Classified
Steijn Schothorst Arden International
Tatiana Calderon DAMS
Arjun Maini Jenzer Motorsport
George Russell ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap
Steijn Schothorst

source: GP3 Series, gp3series.com


Trident Racing

Trident Racing

GP3 Series, Budapest, Feature Race Report

By placing four drivers among the top-8 of the Feature Race, the Team Trident colors stayed at the top of their game in the GP3 Series round at Hungaroring. In tomorrow’s Sprint Race, Ryan Tveter will take-off from the pole position with three team-mates right behind him in a real new championship record.

The Team Trident drivers were among the stars of the day in the opening race of the GP3 Series weekend at the Hungaroring track near Budapest. All the team’s four drivers ended up in the top-8 and will cover the two front rows of grid for the Sprint Race, which is set for tomorrow at 9:10 AM. In today’s Feature Race, an hard-fought heat as usual, Frenchman Dorian Boccolacci grabbed a remarkable fifth place after battling for the podium all day long. Putting together another convincing performance, fellow countryman Giuliano Alesi ended up in 6th position to confirm his great form. Positive vibes also came from Swissman Kevin Jörg, who ended up in a solid seventh place and will be able to start alongside his team-mate and pole sitter Ryan Tveter from the front row. The New York-based driver delivered a spectacular series of overtakes that enabled him to capture eight place late in the race. Tveter, who moved from Formula 3 to GP3 this year, took off from the 11th place on the grid. In tomorrow’s Sprint Race, supporting the Formula 1 Grand Prix of Hungary, the Team Trident drivers will have all what it takes to be at the top of the series’ ranks again.

Giacomo Ricci, Team Manager:
“In today’s race, all our drivers impressed for their solid and consistent runs. I’m really satisfied with their performance and for the maturity they showed on-track. The two front row of the Sprint Race will be all for Team Trident tomorrow. I’m proud for what our guys achieved and I’m looking forward to the race. In addition, all our cars kept impressing as always for pace and reliability which is equally positive.”

source: tridentracing.it