BRITS TAR­GET HOME GLORY

Motor Sport News - - Supports - GP3 POINTS Af­ter 6/18 rounds

There will be no short­age of Bri­tish GP3 driv­ers for fans to cheer on home soil this week­end. Five Brits will be tak­ing part in the F1 sup­port races: Jake Hughes (DAMS), Jack Aitken, Jake Den­nis (both Ar­den), Matt Parry (Koira­nen) and An­glo-thai racer Alexander Al­bon (ART).

But with just two week­ends of rac­ing so far this sea­son, it’s dif­fi­cult to gauge who has the best chance of home glory. GP3 rookie Hughes’ 2016 got off to a bril­liant start with pole for the open­ing round at Barcelona. But he lost out at the start of the race and had to set­tle for sec­ond.

He suf­fered more dis­ap­point­ment in Aus­tria last week­end af­ter a col­li­sion with Parry at Turn 1.

Of the quin­tet, Al­bon is the only one who has al­ready notched up a vic­tory this year, with the ART driver tri­umph­ing in the sec­ond Span­ish race – launch­ing from third to first at the open­ing cor­ner.

Mean­while Parry, will be look­ing to im­prove on the third he achieved at Sil­ver­stone last year and is the only Brit who has pre­vi­ously raced in GP3 at the track.

Sure to be among their main ri­vals will be ART’S Charles Le­clerc ( be­low right with Hughes). He will also be on F1 duty at Sil­ver­stone, re­plac­ing Este­ban Gutierrez in the Haas for first prac­tice, and goes into the week­end as points leader but will have a five-place grid penalty af­ter caus­ing a col­li­sion in Aus­tria.

An­other Fer­rari young driver – An­to­nio Fuoco – will also be one to watch while the other two ART rac­ers, Nyck de Vries and Nirei Fukuzumi, and Koira­nen’s Ralph Boschung are also likely to be to­wards the front.

Hughes (above) and Al­bon (l) will fea­ture

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