Promising weekend in Hungary

Promising would be the best word to sum up P1 Motorsport's latest's efforts in Hungary in the highly competitive Formula Renault 3.5 series but the local team could feel somewhat unfortunate.

Having qualified on the front row for the opening race team regular Daniil Move snatched the lead into the opening corner, only to catch a damp part of the track which allowed pole man Jean-Eric Vergne to slip ahead.

Move continued in second place until the 16th lap when Brendon Hartley tried a passing manoeuvre at the first corner which resulted in his front wing slicing into his right rear tyre, causing a puncture and ruining his race.

Meanwhile Adam Carroll, standing in for Walter Grubmuller who was recovering from an injury sustained at the previous race, was making good progress on his debut in the series. The Irishman, who started out in Formula Ford with the Hethel-based team ten years ago, had started the race in seventh place before making up two places on the opening lap.

With Move's retirement Carroll was elevated into fourth place and held off series front-runner Robert Wickens.

With a little more experience Carroll managed to qualify in third place for race two and held his position into the first corner where his front wing was slightly damaged after contact.

Carroll took his mandatory pit stop as quickly as possible, on lap five, and the local team carried out his service quickly enough for him to resume in eighth place from which he fought back to fifth at the chequered flag.

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However in the scramble in the pits both Sergio Canamasas and Wickens were penalised ten seconds which elevated Carroll on to the lower step of the podium after he sped up to ensure that he took advantage of their errors.

Move finished in 14th place handicapped by starting 17th.

Norfolk's other team, Comtec Racing, endured a difficult weekend with Daniel De Jong finishing 16th and 18th while Daniel McKenzie ended up 18th and 22nd.