Justin Wilson took a lights to flag victory in today's F3000 race at the Hungaroring, securing Nordic Racing the Manufacturers championship and giving him an almost unassailable 20 point lead over Mark Webber in the Drivers standings.

Webber's hopes took a severe blow when he retired late in the race, having earlier survived an unsporting attack from Wilson's teammate Tomas Enge - which resulted in the Czech driver serving a stop-go penalty, and ending his own championship charge.

As the lights went out all eyes were on pole sitter Wilson and alongside him - on the dirty side of the track - Webber as to who would gain the crucial advantage into the off camber first turn.

Within ten metres of the start it was apparent that Wilson had made a superb get away, and by contrast Webber's Super Nova machine was suffering from the lack of traction on the dusty side of the circuit.

This resulted in Wilson leading the field around the first turn, with Ricardo Mauricio in second followed by Enge and then Webber, just ahead of Silverstone winner Sebastien Bourdais.

An early casualty was Antonio Pizzonia who went from hero (at Hockenheim, when he won last time out) to zero when he spun at turn four, crept back to the pits, only to retire with suspension damage.

David Saelens made an even earlier departure, the Belgian driver returning this weekend from a back injury sustained at Silverstone - and qualifying a respectable ninth - found the injury was not sufficiently healed (as Doctors' had predicted) and he withdrew his European Minardi before this afternoon start.

Back up front Wilson was eager to build an early advantage, and by lap two was over 1.6secs clear of the chasing Brazilian, while Enge was dropping back from the top two and holding up Webber, Bourdais, Manning and Friesacher.

After his initial burst Wilson calmed his pace slightly - allowing Mauricio to close down the Yorkshireman, resulting in the gap falling to under 1secs with 5 laps gone.

Soon after, Norberto Fontana, in his Prost debut, came into the pits for a stop-go penalty apparently caused by his team breaking the time period allowed to clear the grid before the start.

26 laps to go and Wilson had responded to Maurico's challenge and now had the Red Bull pilot at arms length, while fourth placed Webber was now 8secs behind the Englishman and still trapped behind Enge, while the top two continued to creep away - and with them his title hopes.

Two laps later Zsolt Baumgartner - Hungary's only F3000 driver - crashed out of his home race when he ran wide while exiting the right hand turn at the top of the hill, his car spinning to the inside of the track - and clotting the barriers with considerable speed, although the Prost Junior pilot was fortunately unharmed.

Starting to emerge from his Red Bull teammates shadow by this time was Patrick Friesacher, who had caught the nose-to-tail battle for third, and was beginning to pressure Manning for sixth. He was rewarded with a potential point's finish when Manning made a mistake out of the final turn allowing the Austrian to overtake with ease along the front straight.

For lap after lap the battle for third remained unchanged with each driver both giving - and receiving - pressure, but none making a mistake that would allow a change of position - until Enge approached the final turn with 25 (of 38) laps gone...

As he turned in to the long right hander, the race long pressure Webber had been applying finally paid off and the Nordic driver ran wide - allowing Webber inside (and alongside) by the apex of the turn.

However, Enge, whether fuelled by a desire to hold back his (and his teammates) main championship rival - or simply as a result of 'red mist' at having made a mistake, then tried to squeeze the Australian out, even though he was by that point easily ahead.

The result was that Enge's right front tyre hit Webber's side pod just in front of his rear wheel, fortunately the wheels didn't touch and they were both able to continue - although Enge lost not only third, but also fourth with Bourdais out dragging him along the main straight.

Webber now had a 10secs gap to Wilson - and a 6secs gap to Mauricio - to try and recover, while Enge was now having to defend fifth from Friesacher, knowing that if he finished where he was his championship hopes were gone.

However, any hopes of recovering the places lost evaporated when he pulled into the pits, with 30 laps gone, to serve a 10 second to-go penalty for his dangerous move on Webber.

Meanwhile, Webber himself was now on a charge to try and take (at least) second from Mauricio to try and limit the damage down by Wilson. The Super Nova driver had soon cut Wilson's lead by 3secs (to 7secs) to get within 4seconds of the Red Bull machine - with Bourdais hanging onto him in fourth.

However, disaster struck when Webber spun out at the tricky right hander at the top of the hill in his efforts to catch the top two, leaving Wilson and Mauricio to cruise to the finish.

With Webber's retirement Wilson now holds a almost unassailable 20 point lead with two rounds remaining, he would need to not score in both events - and Webber to win both - in order to lose the championship and a place in the record books as the first British winner of the International F3000 Championship.

Full results to follow...

1. Wilson
2. Mauricio
3. Bourdais
4. Friesacher
5. Pantano
6. Leinders