Patient Parry picks up another podium with third in Germany

2016 GP3 Series Round 5
Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany
Saturday 30 July 2016.
Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) 
Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
ref: Digital Image _SLA1331
2016 GP3 Series Round 5 Hockenheimring, Hockenheim, Germany Saturday 30 July 2016. Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service. ref: Digital Image _SLA1331

Matt Parry stood on the GP3 Series podium for the second time in as many weekends after claiming third place in the feature race in Germany.

One week on from his breakthrough victory at the Hungaroring, the Bury St Edmunds-raised racer bided his time in converting sixth on the grid into more silverware as he picked off both championship leaders in the space of one corner.

Without previous GP3 experience at Hockenheim, after the 2015 event was cancelled along with the German Grand Prix, Parry spent Friday evening’s practice session relearning the circuit.

After qualifying in sixth place, the 22-year-old immediately made up a place at the start of race one on Saturday.

With the lead group bunched up after the safety car was called to clear away cars damaged in incidents further down the field, Parry moved up to fourth when the race resumed.

Parry settled back into fifth place, but resisted the temptation to challenge points leader Alex Albon through the middle of the 23-lap race, aware that he needed to preserve his tyres for the closing stages.

With just over a lap to run, and having been harrying Albon for some time, the pair reeled in the battle for second place, allowing Parry to pull of a spectacular move around the outside of both Albon and Haas F1 protégé Charles Leclerc to claim third place with just a handful of corners to run.

“It was an eventful race, I can tell you that,” a delighted Parry smiled afterwards.

“It was hard to make the definitive move and pass Albon, but the battle for second place meant that Leclerc and de Vries came back to us, and that was my opportunity.

“Although Nyck de Vries got away, the others helped me by battling each other on the run to the hairpin, and I was able to pull off an opportunist move by taking the outside line and carrying greater speed into the corner to pass both of them in one go.”

In the sprint race, Parry took seventh place and at the end of the weekend now sits in fourth place in the Drivers’ Championship with 70 points.

Monaco’s Leclerc leads the way with 126 points, with Thailand’s Albon (123) and Italy’s Antonio Fuoco (115) currently completing the top three in the standings.

The sixth round of this year’s GP3 Series takes place in Belgium on August 26-28.