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GP3: Almost a North American 1-2-3

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted August 2, 2010 at 7:19 pm GP3

The GP3 Series completed Rounds 11 & 12 of the 2010 championship this past weekend in Hungary.  Swiss driver Nico Müller earned his second GP3 victory this season in Race 1, beating championship leader Esteban Gutiérrez to the finish by 1.450 seconds.  Stefano Coletti rounded out the top-three, finishing just 0.34 seconds ahead of Robert Wickens who crossed the stripe fourth.  Briton Dean Smith completed the top-five.

In Race 2 – due to the reverse grid – it was an all-American front row with Alexander Rossi starting from pole position and fellow American Josef Newgarden alongside.

Rossi beat Newgarden through Turn-1, at the start, and built a slight gap.  Newgarden looked like he was going to be able to hold onto second, however, Wickens, running third, was close behind.

For the majority of the race, it looked as if we would see a North American 1-2-3 finish.  It was not to be, however, as Newgarden pulled off course with only 3-laps remaining due to a mechanical issue.  His retirement bumped Wickens up to second and elevated Smith to third for his first podium of the year.  Coletti and Gutierrez rounded out the top-five.

It was a tough weekend for Newgarden, who has had more than his fair share of bad luck in 2010.  The good thing is, I don’t think he’s flying under the radar anymore.

GP3 drivers return to action at Spa in Belgium August 27-29, 2010.

Click here for complete results from the Hungaroring.


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