Stanaway takes victory in Hungary

Richie Stanaway (left) and Nick Yelloly celebrate their podium placings in the opening GP3 Series race in Hungary last weekend
Richie Stanaway (left) and Nick Yelloly celebrate their podium placings in the opening GP3 Series race in Hungary last weekend

Richie Stanaway scored an impressive victory for the Silverstone-based Status Grand Prix GP3 Series team at the Hungaroring in Hungary last Saturday when he won the opening GP3 event at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The New Zealander, who also won at Silverstone during the British Grand Prix meeting, is now placed a solid second in the points standings behind British racer, Alex Lynn, who finished second behind Stanaway in the opening Hungarian race.

In a double celebration for the team, Nick Yelloly drove to third to strengthen his championship position. The British racer is sixth in the standings with the next two rounds of the championship scheduled to take place at the end of August around the famous Spa-Francorchamps track in Belgium.

After his victory, Stanaway said: “This is a great result for the team and for myself. The championship is very finely balanced and we are now entering the mid-season break. This was an important race weekend to score good points at and we can all now work hard for Spa and the next races.”

In Sunday’s second race, Stanaway was able to add further points to his tally by finishing sixth, although Yelstruggled to 11h in a race won by Patric Niederhauser.

Yelloly said: “This has been another good weekend for the team. I was happy to finish third in race one and would have liked to score more points in race two, but I remain full of confidence and looking forward to the next race at Spa.”

Alfonos Celis Jr, driving the third Status Grand Prix car, finished the two races in 22nd and 23rd in this his maiden GP3 season.