Tom Dillmann has moved clear in the Formula V8 3.5 Championship standings after recovering from an early off track excursion to pick a long awaited maiden victory at a sodden Hungaroring.

Starting from his third pole position in a row - albeit behind the safety car as treacherous conditions continued to hamper proceedings around the Budapest circuit -, Dillmann came into the race eager to keep his cool this time having failed to convert on the previous two occasions.

However, when the race did get underway, Dillmann looked to have failed in his objective immediately when he slid off on the exit of turn 10, keeping the AVF car out of the wall but ceding both the lead and several seconds to fellow Frenchman Matthieu Vaxiviere.

Nonetheless, with tricky conditions making the going tough for those behind, Dillmann - along with several other drivers - would pull the savvy move of pitting as soon as the window opened in the hope a safety car would hamper those that stayed out, including Vaxiviere.

And so it proved, a stoppage for Vitor Baptista prompted a safety car to ruin the challenge of those who failed to stop beforehand, Vaxiviere joined by race one winner Johnny Cecotto and Pietro Fittipaldi, the Brazilian running strongly but caught out by the strategic error.

Of those that had pitted, Aurelien Panis headed the pack after a better stop, but was instantly overtaken again by Dillmann, who inherited back the lead when those in front of him peeled into the pit lane.

Opening up a five second lead, it seemed Dillmann was finally on course for the win, only to come under surprise pressure in the final laps from an inspired Roy Nissany in the Lotus.

The Israeli was second behind Dillmann on the grid but spun at the final corner as the race got underway, forcing him to fight his way back up the order. Benefitting from the second safety car to get back into contention, Nissany quickly hauled himself up to second and demolished the five second lead but couldn't find a clean run on the AVF driver on the final lap to risk a move.

As such, Dillmann was left to complete the hard fought win, a result that increases his lead in the overall standings after two rounds.

Behind Nissany, Panis completed the podium for Arden, ahead of Louis Deletraz - who spun on the opening lap as well but recovered ground under the safety car - and a frustrated Vaxiviere, who nonetheless picked up a spot on the final lap when Yu Kanamaru spun out of fifth with two corners remaining.

Cecotto, Rene Binder, Fittipaldi, Egor Orudzhev and a recovering Kanamaru completed the top ten as the race's only finishers

 

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