Duncan Tappy was thrilled to score his first World Series by Renault points in only his third race after keeping his head where others were losing theirs in Hungary.
After a difficult maiden outing at Silverstone, Tappy was much happier with his RC Motorsport machine around the Hungaroring to qualify 16th and battle his way up to 11th by the end of the first lap following a good start.
Although the hot weather made conditions difficult for the drivers, Tappy defied his lack of comparative experience to move further and further up the field as other drivers fell by the wayside.
Eventually, Tappy would cross the line in sixth place to score five valuable points for both himself and the struggling RC Motorsport team.
“I got a good get-away and passed Romancini,” the reigning Formula Renault UK Champion said. “Then I pulled over to the left because I knew everyone would queue along the inside line. That's what happened and I out-braked and slotted in to gain places.
“Then I did the same again in turn two to get another couple of positions. A few people out there were being silly. The Prema team-mates took themselves out which helped but I was being sensible and it paid off.
“James was behind and was faster than me in some corners but I was faster on the corner into the straight so he couldn't get close enough but it was good racing. ”The car was good. Considering where we started this weekend the team did a really good job to get it there.
“Every time I drive the car I'm gaining experience. These longer races are still quite new to me. 6th is much more than satisfying – I was happy to be in 11th after the first lap! It's really great to have my first points and to be improving.”
Hoping for an even better result from 11th on the grid in the second race, Tappy's progress was stymied by a pit-stop issue, forcing him to cross the line in 19th.