Parry continues his fine form by battling to seal podium place
Matt Parry enjoyed another taste of the podium, finishing in the top three in round four of the GP3 Series championship at the Hungaroring.
Buoyed by his British Grand Prix performance, Bury St Edmunds racer Parry arrived in Hungary confident.
With prior knowledge of the tricky Budapest venue from his time in Formula Renault, he was optimistic of another strong showing, especially with the Koiranen GP team in good form.
Practice, however, was limited to just 13 laps by an engine problem. Overnight repairs allowed him to join the Saturday qualifying session, and he immediately showed what he was capable of by vaulting to the top of the times.
He remained in the hunt for a top six position, but had to settle for the outside of row three ahead of race one.
“Silverstone gave me a major boost, and showed just what I can do at this level,” said Welshman Parry, who showed no sign of fatigue in the heat and humidity as he produced a battling performance in search of the top three.
Having got the better of veteran Koiranen team-mate Jimmy Eriksson off the line, he settled into fifth place before closing in and putting pressure on Arden’s Emil Bernstorff.
Parry was unable to find a clear opportunity to complete a move, and remained fifth to the chequered flag, crossing the line just four-tenths shy of third place.
“I made a decent start and was able to get the better of Jimmy into turn one but, after that, it was something of a procession - albeit an exciting one,” said Parry.
Under GP3’s reverse grid policy, fifth place meant Parry would line up fourth on the grid for race two on Sunday where, initially,the 21-year old initially went backwards as Saturday’s top three all came past into turn one.
His position improved as Bernstorff was taken out by Antonio Fuoco, but Parry helped himself to fourth by pulling off one of the overtaking moves of the season, going around the outside of race one winner and championship leader Luca Ghiotto.
Parry then closed rapidly on Eriksson for the final podium position. The Swede prevailed, but was later penalised for exceeding track limits in his defence, promoting Parry to third place.
“If there is one area where I need to improve, it is my starts,” Parry conceded.
Round five of the 2015 GP3 Series season takes place at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium over the weekend of August 21-23.