Johnny Cecotto Jr managed to take RP Motorsport’s first Formula V8 race at Hungary, in what is only their third race in the newly relaunched championship.
After smashing the lap record yesterday, Cecotto made use of a good start to get into second place at the first corner. Louis Deletraz also started well and demoted Aurelien Panis down to fourth heading into the first corner. Pole sitter Tom Dillmann got a good start and managed to lead into the first couple of corners, stretching out the gap in the clean air.
Deletraz meanwhile was doing well to hold off the visibly quicker Cecotto, but too quick into turn 14 sent his AVF car wide and allowed the Venezuelan through.
This turned out to be a crucial moment in the race, when the Safety Car came out after a collision between Alfonso Celis Jr and Egor Orudzhev battling for seventh place. Replays show Celis Jr running wide and rejoining the circuit into the path of Orudzhev; the pair meeting and firing each other off into the gravel at turn 6.
When the racing resumed Dillmann locked his tyres heading into the penultimate corner, allowing Cecotto to drive through into the lead. Dillmann, who looked visibly frustrated on the podium, just seemed to have locked his tyres on the newly relayed tarmac surface, similar to what other drivers such as Celis Jr were doing earlier in the race.
In the closing stages a close battle for fifth place emerged between Panis and Vaxiviere. The tyres on Panis’ car looked pretty second hand, but he had enough DRS left to defend from Vaxiviere up until the chequered flag.