Arden International driver records second win in Hungary
Fresh from his maiden victory in Silverstone three weeks ago, Kevin Ceccon is enjoying that winning feeling yet again! This time the Italian driver made a great start from the front row to take the lead and hold off the advances from ART Grand Prix and Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon to clock victory by a mere 0.7s. Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson completed the rostrum in third.
Carlin and Ferrari Academy Driver Antonio Fuoco started from reverse pole but he was beaten off the start from the quick-flying and his fellow compatriot Ceccon. Emil Bernstorff was also on the attack and found a way through on the Carlin driver. Fuoco was keen to reclaim his position at the front as the trio enjoyed a heated battle on the opening lap. Unfortunately, contact was made between Fuoco and Bernstorff between Turn 6 and 7 as they raced side by side, with the Carlin driver ending his race in the barrier and Bernstorff retiring with damage.
This promoted Ocon and Eriksson into a potential podium finish, ahead of Series leader Luca Ghiotto and Matthew Parry. The safety car was deployed due to the incident and once racing resumed, Parry was keen to find a way past Trident’s Ghiotto. The Brit passed Ghiotto for fourth with a brave, bold move and was able to keep the Italian behind him.
Marvin Kirchhöfer was also keen to move up the pack as he made the manoeuvre stick on Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug for sixth place. There was great racing throughout the field with Mitchell Gilbert passing Adderly Fong, which was followed by a titanic dice between the Koiranen GP driver and Matheo Tuscher.
At the midway point Ceccon held a 1.2s advantage over Ocon, with 2s back to the Swede in third. The top five were covered by 3.4s. In the latter stages, Ocon closed the margin to the race leader to just one second, but Ceccon responded by posting the fastest lap.
The Frenchman remained on the attack and he posted the fastest lap of the race on the final
 lap to pocket two further points for his efforts. There was an epic dice for the final point position on offer between the Jenzer Motorsport drivers with Varhaug and Ralph Boschung edging out Tuscher for the top eight points.
At the chequered flag it finished as Ceccon, Ocon, Eriksson, Parry, Ghiotto, Kirchhöfer, Varhaug and Boschung. Ghiotto holds onto the Series lead by 23 points over both the ART Grand Prix teammates Kirchhöfer and Ocon. ART Grand Prix remain on top in the Teams’ Standings on 193, ahead of Trident on 138 and Arden International on 129.
Round 5 will take place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium on August 21-23 following the summer break.
Budapest – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Kevin Ceccon
Arden International
2.
Esteban Ocon
ART Grand Prix
3.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
4.
Matthew Parry
Koiranen GP
5.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
6.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
7.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
8.
Ralph Boschung
Jenzer Motorsport
9.
Matheo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
10.
Mitchell Gilbert
Carlin
11.
Adderly Fong
Koiranen GP
12.
Seb Morris
Status Grand Prix
13.
Alex Fontana
Status Grand Prix
14.
Sandy Stuvik
Status Grand Prix
15.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
ART Grand Prix
16.
Aleksander Bosak
Arden International
17.
Zaid Ashkanani
Campos Racing
18.
Jann Mardenborough
Carlin
19.
Alex Palou
Campos Racing
 
Fastest Lap : Esteban Ocon (ART Grand Prix) : 1 :35.924 on lap 16
 
Not Classified
Samin Gomez
Campos Racing
Antonio Fuoco
Carlin
Emil Bernstorff
Arden International
Artur Janosz
Trident