Confidence-boosting fifth-place finish gives race ace Parry hope

FIFTH PLACE: Matt Parry, pictured in action at the Hungaroring at the weekend

FIFTH PLACE: Matt Parry, pictured in action at the Hungaroring at the weekend

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Bury St Edmunds’ Matt Parry secured a morale-boosting fifth-place finish in his latest outing in the Formula Renault Eurocup series.

The Welsh-born race ace, who attended County Upper School in Bury, enjoyed some close racing at the Hungaroring circuit in Hungary and his equal second-best finish of the season, but dropped to 11th in the championship standings.

Parry — who is set to test a McLaren Formula One car next month after winning the McLaren Autosport BRDC award for being the most promising young British driver in 2013 — climbed from 10th to seventh in race one, but his hard work was undone when he spun at turn one, dropping him back to 12th.

Although he had showed passing was possible earlier in the race, the nature of the tight Hungaroring circuit meant the Caterham Racing Academy prospect could not progress back up the field.

Better qualifying for race two allowed Parry to battle closer to the front, but there was no way past Swede Gustav Malja in fourth despite an entertaining tussle that attracted the television cameras.

Up ahead, Fortec teammates Jack Aitken and Charles Leclerc scored a one-two finish giving Parry greater confidence ahead of the next round at France’s Paul Ricard circuit on September 27 and 28.

Although 11th in the standings, he is just four points behind eighth-placed teammate Aitken.