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GP3: Eriksson penalty promotes Parry to podium

Jimmy Eriksson has been handed a post-race penalty that drops him off the podium in Hungary, handing the spot to his Koiranen GP team mate Matt Parry.
Koiranen GP racer Jimmy Eriksson has been handed a five-second race penalty by the race stewards which means that he loses his podium finish in Sunday morning's GP3 Series race at the Hungaroring.

Eriksson had successfully crossed the line in third place in Hungary to pick up his second podium of 2015 and his first since Catalunya. However, a post-race investigation deemed that he had exceeded track limits during the race, which had allowed him to gain an advantage and make a crucial pass on championship leader Luca Ghiotto.

The incident took place in turns 6 and 7 shortly after the restart following a safety car for a first lap incident between Antonio Fuoco and Emil Bernstorff.

The race stewards determined that Eriksson should have a five second penalty which was added to his final classified time, which means he drops from third to sixth place in the revised results.

Eriksson's team mate Matt Parry is the main gainer from the stewards' decision as he moves up from fourth place to the vacant podium spot. It's the 21-year-old's second podium of the season, after he also managed to finish in third place in his first GP3 race at Silverstone earlier this month.

Parry has now finished in the top five in the last four consecutive races, and in the top ten in all but two of his eight outings in the championship since he made his début in GP3 at Catalunya in May.

In addition to Parry, championship contenders Luca Ghiotto and Marvin Kirchhöfer also both up a position on their original classifications, with Ghiotto now credited with fourth place and Kirchhöfer in fifth.

The Trident man now has 121 points in the drivers title standings putting him 23 points ahead of Kirchhöfer. The German had been left in a tie for second in the championship with his ART team mate Esteban Ocon, but his extra place as a result of Eriksson's penalty now lifts him two points clear again in the runners-up position heading into the one-month break in the calendar before the next race at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on the weekend of August 21-23.

Eriksson was not the only driver to be penalised by the race stewards following Sunday's second race at the Hungaroring.

Arden's Aleksander Bosak was given a ten second time penalty for missing his braking point and causing a collision with Trident's Artur Janosz on the first lap. Janosz consequently stalled on the track and was unable to continue, but Bosak himself went on to finish the race albeit down in 16th place and well out of the points positions.

As a result of the penalty, Bosak has now been dropped to 19th place in the final results, making him the last driver to be classified as making a finish. Moving up once place apiece as a result of the Polish driver's demotion are Zaid Ashkanani (Campos Racing), Jann Mardenborough (Carlin) and Álex Palou (Campos Racing)

There was also a penalty for Campos Racing's Samin Gómez for causing a collision with Carlin's Jann Mardenborough during the safety car period. Since Gómez was subsequently forced into retirement by mechanical problems on lap 12, she has instead been handed a five place grid penalty to serve in the first race at Spa next month.

In the event that Gómez' qualifying position means that she cannot take the five place drop in full, the #25 car will instead have to start from the pitlane.

See revised GP3 race 2 results from the Hungaroring and updated GP3 championship standings

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2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Saturday 25 July 2015. Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 4. Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 26 July 2015. Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
Luca Ghiotto - Trident Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Luca Ghiotto - Trident Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing [credit: GP2 Series]
Pierre Gasly - PREMA Racing
Antonio Giovinazzi - Prema Racing
Sergio Canamasas - Carlin
Alex Lynn - DAMS
Alex Lynn - DAMS
Sergey Sirotkin - ART Grand Prix
Sergey Sirotkin - ART Grand Prix
Sergey Sirotkin - ART Grand Prix
Pierre Gasly - Prema Racing
Norman Nato - Racing Engineering

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