Alex Brundle secures first GP3 series podium position in Hungary
Alex Brundle was delighted to secured his first GP3 series podium position with a measured drive in the support races to the Hungary Grand Prix.
The second race of the weekend started just after a thunderstorm with the King's Lynn racer opting for slick tyres while most of his rivals stuck with the grooved wet tyre option.
Keeping the car on the road in the first few laps would prove critical, which the local racer achieved, and when a dry racing line appeared he picked up his pace to snatch fourth place on the road in the final moments of the race.
However, a post race penalty for Tamas Pal Kiss elevated him into third place and his best result of the season by some way.
'It was my first GP3 podium but not the way I'd like to do it,' was the local driver's reaction to his elevation.
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Brundle would start race one from 16th position but suffered a difficult opening lap, losing a couple of places.
Thereafter he would race well, in a quartet of cars fighting over 13th place, to be classified 15th at the finish.
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After a trio of recent victories in the Production Cup races at Snetterton for the Excelr8 Motorsport team Luke Caudle had to settle for second place to his team-mate in the Long Stratton squad, Gary Duckman, in the opening race at Thruxton. The pair raced hard and swapped the lead on several occasions but Caudle's final pass on his colleague was judged to have been unfair and he was demoted to second place post race.
In race two the pair both led but Caudle's third lap pass secured him victory and in the reversed grid third race Caudle and Duckman had to settle for the positions behind winner Jake Giddings.