Richie Stanaway wins GP3 race in Hungary

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 07:35 27/07/2014

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New Zealand's Richie Stanaway won the feature race today in GP3 action at the Hungarian Grand Prix weekend.

Stanaway, with the benefit of pole position from a good qualifying session, led from start to finish to claim his second win of the season.

This latest result lifted him to second on the overall standings from Alex Lynn.

Stanaway and Arden International's Robert Visoiu enjoying a race long tussle at the Hungaroring which ended with the Romanian running wide and allowing Stanaway's team mate Nick Yelloly to sneak into second.

The victory wasn't without its struggles as Stanaway had to drive "defensively" towards the end of the race on wearing tyres. He also struggled without a right wing mirror for most of the race.

"It was probably one of the hardest races I've ever driven to be honest," the Aucklander said.

"I got a good start, enough to maintain the lead which I knew would be very important as it's very hard to overtake.

"As we've discovered this year, there's a big advantage of being in clean air. So I was happy to maintain the lead out of the first corner which is always a positive thing to do after the back of a pole position.

"From then on, it was just a case of trying to manage the tyres at the end. It was a case of some defensive driving to maintain the lead.

"It was really difficult as my right side mirror broke off so I didn't know where to place the car if I had a bad exit.

"Also when I went wide into the chicane when Robert got on the inside, I didn't really know whether to turn in or not. When he went off on the grass that gave me enough of a buffer back to Nick which was enough to get to the chequered flag.

"It was a really hard race for me but at the end of the day we got the result. It was really important to have a win on the Saturday, that's where the big points are. It's something we've really struggled with this year and now we're at the halfway point. We need to be hitting the Saturday's really hard and getting a lot of points if we're going to fight for this championship.

"But all in all, a really great day, there's no feeling like winning so I'm really happy."

In GP2 action at the same meeting, New Zealand's Mitch Evans saw his run of strong results come to an end with a 12th placing, meaning no points from the feature race.

Arthur Pic won a race punctuated by yellow flag incidents that made it hard for Evans who had qualified 11th.

Both Stanaway and Evans drive their respective sprint race tonight.

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