It was a case of the morning after the night before for Matt Parry as he raced to fifth place in the GP3 Series sprint race at the Hungaroring just a matter of hours after claiming his first win in the F1 feeder series, but the points he earned were enough to move up to fourth in the overall standings after four rounds.

The Briton's victory in Saturday evening's feature race meant that he would have to start eighth on the partially-reversed Sunday grid, but he had already made up a position by the time the race was neutralised by a safety car following a start-line accident back in the pack.

Seventh then became sixth when one of his Koiranen GP team-mates had a moment on the restart but, from there, the race quickly fell into typical Hungaroring form, with overtaking opportunities hard to come by as the field got strung out. While he was able to keep tabs on the five cars ahead of him, Parry was never quite close enough to challenge for position, even though the top six broke away from the rest of the field.

“The start and opening lap is really the only opportunity to make up places at this circuit and, even though I made a much better getaway this time around, the safety car limited the chances to improve,” he acknowledged, “I was a little unlucky going into turn one as I left just enough of a gap for another car to squeeze through and he went on to finish fourth, but I really didn’t want to record a DNF, especially so soon after winning for the first time, so it was better to take sixth than risks.

“I also tried backing off a bit through the middle of the race, hoping to switch on the tyres for a late push but, when I went to up the pace, there was nothing there in the last five laps, which was frustrating. However, it’s still been a really good weekend, and made a big difference to my championship position.”

There was a post-race filip for Parry, however, as fourth-placed Jack Aitken was handed a 5secs penalty, which elevated the Welshman to fifth in the final result and the six points he gained were enough to confirm the move to fourth position in a championship table where the top three have pulled an early advantage but the rest remain tightly-packed ahead of next weekend's visit to the Hockenheimring in Germany.


Article created by Craig Llewellyn.