Michael Ammermüller worked hard to earn victory in Budapest after duelling race long with teammate Dan Cammish who eventually finished third after a late charge from Dennis Olsen.
Championship leader Ammermüller started from pole but immediately fell victim to the fast starting Dan Cammish who passed the German into turn one from the start. Robert Lukas in fourth mirrored what Cammish did to Ammermüller and passed Dennis Olsen around the outside of turn one to claim third.
Incidents were of plenty in the opening laps; Chris Bauer spun at turn two after being forced onto the grass but was fortunate to continue with no damage. Tom Sharp wasn’t as lucky and was forced to retire with broken suspension.
Keen to earn third place back, Olsen didn’t take long to close on Lukas and on lap 4 tried his luck around the outside at turn one but the Polish driver was quick to react to the attack and forced the Norwegian wide.
Olsen wouldn’t have to wait long, a mistake from Lukas at turn twelve left the door wide open for Olsen to pass the Pole.
Approaching half distance, Cammish appeared to be edging teammate and championship leader Ammermüller by setting the fastest lap of the race on lap 5. Ammermüller, determined to make it race win number 4, responded and began to reel in Cammish who lost the lead on lap 8 but not without a fight.
Diving down the inside at turn one, the Lechner MSG cars found themselves wheel to wheel from turn one to turn three. Ammermüller eventually forced Cammish to yield and drop to P2. Cammish now was falling into the clutches of Olsen in third who was now the fastest driver on track.
Cammish made a critical error on entry to the final corner in the closing laps, running wide and almost being passed by an opportunistic Olsen in third, Olsen stuck with Cammish on the run down to turn one and passed the Brit to claim second place.
Ammermüller went onto claim his fourth win of the season and spoke of his joy after extending his championship lead: “When you start from pole position at the Hungaroring it gives you a good foundation. But at the start Dan Cammish suddenly swept past me. I eventually managed to overtake him later on. I’m happy that I was able to extend my points lead,”
A dejected Cammish spoke about Ammermüller’s pass and his worry about the two crashing: “My start was good and I got past Michael. But after several laps his car improved and when he then launched his offensive in the eighth lap I thought: just don’t crash. We gave each other room and he then overtook me,”
Drivers standings after six rounds:
- Michael Ammermüller – 116 Points
- Dennis Olsen – 102 Points
- Daniel Cammish – 86
- Matt Campbell – 69 Points
- Robert Lukas – 64 Points