Tom Dillmann says it was 'time to win' after converting his third consecutive pole position into a long awaited maiden Formula V8 3.5 victory at the Hungaroring.
The Frenchman, competing in his second season of 3.5-litre racing, started the first FV8 race of the weekend around the Hungarian venue from pole and led early on, only for a mistake to cost him the lead and the win to Johnny Cecotto.
Eager to make amends by securing another pole for race two in treacherous conditions, Dillmann looked to have thrown away his chance of victory again when he ran off on the first lap, only for a safety car period just after he had pitted to play him back into contention.
From here, Dillmann assumed the lead again resisted the late race attentions of a charging Roy Nissany to secure a first victory for both himself and the AVF team
“It was really hard to keep the car on track since qualifying. When you are fighting for the title in conditions like that anything can happen so I'm happy about how it ended up.
“After so many poles it was time to win. Unfortunately I made a mistake and we had an issue during the pit-stop, which cost us another position. At the restart I could push and got back the position on Aurélien Panis. Then in the end Roy was coming really fast. It has been a tough race and I'm happy to have won it”.
A proud moment for AVF team principal Adrian Valles – former GP2 and FR3.5 driver himself -, he is proud to see the Spanish team atop the overall standings too.
“I'm very happy for all the team and for Tom. It is the first win for both, and we are leading the Driver and Team standings. It is a really good start, with four races on the podium we are clearly working in the right direction but the championship is still long and our opponents are really strong.
“We need to keep our focus intact and follow this way. I want to thank all the team for the job in this races, and I'm sorry for Alfonso. He was fast, he had the speed but has been really unlucky. He couldn't qualify today and had an incident in the first laps. We will keep pushing so he can recover positions and points.”