Fuoco come­back stuns in GP3 dash GASLY AND KING KEEP THEIR CALM

GP3 French­man and English star grab the GP2 sil­ver­ware

Motor Sport News - - Round - Photos: LAT By David Ad­di­son Re­sults

An­to­nio Fuoco starred in Sun­day’s GP3 Se­ries race after a storm­ing re­cov­ery drive hav­ing fallen to eighth on the open­ing tour, while Alex Al­bon shone in Sat­ur­day’s longer race to take his sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

Al­bon (ART Grand Prix) bolted away from pole in the opener with Sandy Stu­vik’s Tri­dent-run car slot­ting in be­hind, but Stu­vik soon started to lose pace. That al­lowed Charles Leclerc (ART Grand Prix) into sec­ond.

Leclerc then set off in pur­suit of Al­bon but never quite got close enough to mount a proper chal­lenge and set­tled for sec­ond with Fuoco third.

Sun­day’s race started on a wet road and pole­man Ar­jun Maini (Jen­zer) was mugged off the line by Stu­vik, who led to Abbey. Star of the early laps, though, was Spa­niard Alex Palou (Cam­pos Rac­ing) who worked his way through to the lead and edged away from the pack. Leclerc moved up to sec­ond with Fuoco third but, after two vir­tual safety car pe­ri­ods, Fuoco was the man on the move.

He got ahead of Leclerc at The Loop only for his French ri­val to get the cut­back and repass him, but the Ital­ian (a win­ner at Sil­ver­stone in FIA F3) soon stormed ahead around the out­side in the Sta­dium.

He then started to zero in on Palou, as Nyck de Vries (ART Grand Prix) closed on Leclerc. As Palou made a mis­take at Stowe and slith­ered wide, Fuoco took over the lead as de Vries edged past Leclerc.

The Dutch­man then moved ahead of Palou, but an ear­lier clash with Ralph Boschung (Koira­nen GP) earned him a five-sec­ond penalty. How­ever, ran­dom of­fi­cial­dom meant the che­quered flag was em­bar­rass­ingly shown to the mid­field pack on the penul­ti­mate lap mean­ing that the re­sult had to be back-counted, con­firm­ing Fuoco as the win­ner from Palou and Leclerc, with de Vries in eighth.

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