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Red Bull Ring GP3: Ferrari's Callum Ilott into points lead with win

Callum Ilott wins Red Bull Ring GP3 2018

Ferrari Academy GP3 driver Callum Ilott won Saturday's Red Bull Ring feature race, as his title-contending ART Grand Prix team-mates Anthoine Hubert and Nikita Mazepin crashed into each other.

Hubert had started 19th after stopping on track in qualifying when grass collected from an off at the final turn sent his engine temperature soaring.

The Frenchman had worked his way up to eighth and was trying to pass David Beckmann at Turn 9, when Mazepin dived up his inside.

Hubert took the racing line and Mazepin had nowhere to go, clipping Hubert's right-rear and sending him into a spin.

After that Hubert could only manage 18th and Mazepin 13th, meaning Ilott jumps into the championship lead with his second straight win.

Before the race Ilott had claimed that a good start and building a one-second lead would be vital, to remain out of DRS range of the driver behind.

That plan looked to have fallen apart when he got a great start but there was a safety car for Joey Mawson who stopped on track before Turn 1.

But a brilliant restart allowed Ilott to build a 1.7s lead while those behind squabbled over position and he eventually won by a comfortable margin.

Behind, Leonardo Pulcini passed Jake Hughes just before the safety car for third, and took second from Alessio Lorandi on lap seven of 24.

After initially catching Ilott, Pulcini fell away and had to settle for second.

Lorandi, still racing with a plate in his shoulder from an injury earlier this year, maintained his third place from qualifying to secure an excellent podium.

Pedro Piquet Trident Austria GP3 2018

Pedro Piquet made it into the top four after an eventful race, his place assured by a move on second-place qualifier Hughes with six laps to go.

Hughes hadn't qualified in the top 10 this season before Austria and will be happy to get good points on the board, although his race pace didn't match Ilott's.

Giuliani Alesi passed practice-pacesetting Trident team-mate Ryan Tveter at the Turn 3 hairpin on the final lap to take sixth

Beckmann had to fight Simo Laaksonen hard in the closing laps to secure eighth and Sunday's reversed-grid pole. After two instalments of earlier contact with his Jenzer team-mate Juan Manuel Correa, the last resulting in a puncture for Correa, Beckmann was lucky to finish.

Dorian Boccolacci rounded out the top 10 as the best MP Motorsport driver.

Feature race result

PosDriverTeamLapsGap
1Callum IlottART Grand Prix2434m11.806s
2Leonardo PulciniCampos Racing244.518s
3Alessio LorandiTrident2410.404s
4Pedro PiquetTrident2411.317s
5Jake HughesART Grand Prix2413.873s
6Giuliano AlesiTrident2414.545s
7Ryan TveterTrident2415.326s
8David BeckmannJenzer Motorsport2417.024s
9Simo LaaksonenCampos Racing2418.946s
10Dorian BoccolacciMP Motorsport2419.306s
11Niko KariMP Motorsport2420.069s
12Tatiana CalderonJenzer Motorsport2425.390s
13Nikita MazepinART Grand Prix2427.326s
14Diego MenchacaCampos Racing2427.582s
15Julien FalcheroArden International2436.223s
16Gabriel AubryArden International2436.687s
17Anthoine HubertART Grand Prix2452.372s
18Devlin DefrancescoMP Motorsport222 Laps
19Juan Manuel CorreaJenzer Motorsport222 Laps
-Joey MawsonArden International0Retirement


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