Smolyar claims feature race win after dramatic O’Sullivan charge

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Alexander Smolyar has taken his first win of the Formula 3 season, and the first for an Authorised Neutral Driver, in a rain-affected race at the Hungaroring.

The MP Motorsport driver had qualified on pole position, beating Zane Maloney. Oliver Bearman and Gregoire Saucy claimed the second row, with title contenders Isack Hadkar and Victor Martins starting outside the top six.

Drivers took the start on wet weather tyres on a damp but drying track. Smolyar checked out from pole position, extending his lead and going on to win by more than five seconds.

The top three on the grid came home in the order they started, Maloney narrowly holding off Bearman in an exciting scrap over second place. But behind them Zak O’Sullivan, who started 22nd, pulled off an audacious tyre gamble to claim fourth.

Switching to slicks as the track began to dry, O’Sullivan tore as much as 10 seconds a lap out of the leaders as he scythed through the pack with outrageous speed. He took the chequered flag seven seconds behind Smolyar, and might have won had the race gone a lap further.

Jak Crawford came in fifth ahead of Juan-Manuel Correa, who climbed from 18th to sixth. Arthur Leclerc, who was relegated to ninth on the grid by a penalty for a collision in yesterday’s race, followed Kush Maini home in eighth.

That edged Leclerc closer to championship leader Hadjar, who failed to score in 18th, and Martins, who took 10th behind yesterday’s winner Caio Collet and is now tied for the championship lead. Hadjar was swallowed up at the start and narrowly avoided contact on lap two when a fight between Johnny Edgar and Oliver Goethe that sent the Campos car into his path, forcing him to virtually stop on-track and fall out of the points.

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Formula 3 Hungary race two results

111Alexander SmolyarMP
23Zane MaloneyTrident
36Oliver BearmanPrema
426Zak O’SullivanCarlin
55Jak CrawfordPrema
69Juan Manuel CorreaART
712Kush MainiMP
84Arthur LeclercPrema
910Caio ColletMP
107Victor MartinsART
118Gregoire SaucyART
122Roman StanekTrident
1320David VidalesCampos
1431Reece UshijimaHWA
1529Franco ColapintoHWA
1625Alexander SmolyarMP
1723Ido CohenJenzer
1818Isack HadjarHitech
1928Enzo TrulliCarlin
2017Kaylen FrederickHitech
2130Rafael VillagomezHWA
2227Brad BenavidesCarlin
2315Christian MansellCharouz
241Jonny EdgarTrident
2524Federico MalvestitiJenzer
2619Nazim AzmanHitech
2716Francesco PizziCharouz
2821Oliver GoetheCampos
2922Pepe MartiCampos
3014Laszlo TothCharouz

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Hazel Southwell
Hazel is a motorsport and automotive journalist with a particular interest in hybrid systems, electrification, batteries and new fuel technologies....

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2 comments on “Smolyar claims feature race win after dramatic O’Sullivan charge”

  1. Awesome wet-dry race. It’s a treat to see these F3 cars in low-grip conditions. Brilliant charge from O’Sullivan, and Correa too.

    1. But I’m pretty sure there’s no HWA in F3 this year. We’re nearing the end of the season it’s a little embarrassing for this site to be making mistakes like this.

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