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Former GP2 driver Johnny Cecotto Jr has returned to winning ways in only his second Formula V8 3.5 meeting by taking advantage of a mid-race error by Tom Dillmann to secure victory in Hungary.

The Venezuelan, making a return to racing with FV8 newcomers RP Motorsport this season, was running a fairly distant second to Dillmann during the first portion of the race after the Frenchman got away well from his pole position to stretch clear out front.

However, the race was reignited on lap eight when Dillmann's AVF team-mate Alfonso Celis collided with Egor Orudzhev, prompting the safety car to back the pack up.

At the restart, Dillmann attempted to move clear again but would out-brake himself into turn 15, paving the way for Cecotto to capture a lead he would control to the chequered flag.

A frustrated Dillmann attempted to fight back but would fall short to finish two seconds behind at the finish line, holding off a late charge from rookie Louis Deletraz.

Front row sitter Aurelien Panis never recovered properly from a bad start but had the pace to hold off the close following Matthieu Vaxiviere, Roy Nissany and Beitske Visser to the end, just three seconds covering fourth to ninth.

 

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