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GP3

Lynn holds off Stanaway in Spa Race 2

Series leader and Red Bull Junior Team driver Alex Lynn faced one of his biggest challenges of the season today, resisting the determined efforts of Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway until the chequered flag in an epic battle. The Brit was victorious, extending his advantage in the Series, with his nearest title rival Stanaway second. ART Grand Prix’s Alex Fontana was third.
Race 2 was run under sunshine but in damp, foggy and chilly conditions. Lynn made a good start from his reverse pole, with Stanaway and Fontana retaining their positions behind. Nick Yelloly (Status Grand Prix) was doing his best to find a way past Jann Mardenborough (Arden International) for P4, whilst Jenzer Motorsport’s Pal Varhaug lost two places at the start to P6.
After lap one, Lynn had built a 1.8s margin back to Stanaway in second, as the two traded fastest laps early on with the deficit changing each lap. Pressure mounted on Fontana in third after he ran wide at Les Combes, giving Mardenborough the change to hunt the Swiss driver down. Spa Race 1 winner Dean Stoneman lost a place at the start after Emil Bernstorff had passed him in a brave move through Eau Rouge and several laps later, the Marussia Manor Racing driver returned the favour to take eighth.
On lap five, Patric Niederhauser crashed out of the race at turn five after starting from the pitlane.
The two at the front began pulling a large lead of over 11 seconds to Fontana in third, however drama was to come when race leader Lynn made a small error, losing control of his Carlin machine in a slide, which allowed Stanaway to sniff a chance of the lead and the Kiwi grabbed it. Lynn soon retaliated and passed the Status Grand Prix driver a few corners later, with Stanaway forced deep losing some time to his Series rival.
Varhaug out-braked himself under huge pressure from Dino Zamparelli, which allowed the ART Grand Prix driver through, as well as Bernstorff with Stoneman ready to attack. Stanaway reeled Lynn in for another attempt of snatching the lead, but it wasn’t to be and the Brit increased the margin to the Status Grand Prix driver to three seconds in the closing laps.
Luis Sa Silva crashed at the top of Eau Rouge on the final corner which was covered by yellow flags as Lynn came home to take the chequered flag and pocket his first race two victory in the Series. Stanaway and Fontana completed the rostrum, the Swiss driver bagging two extra points for fastest lap which was achieved on his final tour.
Mardenborough, Yelloly, Bernstorff, Zamparelli and Varhaug took the final points, with Stoneman being denied the final point in a fantastic tussle with the Norwegian up until the finishing line. Lynn (153 points) holds a commanding advantage to Stanaway in the Series (121) with Yelloly, Bernstorff and Eriksson on 95, 91 and 85 points respectively.
Carlin top the Teams’ Standings on 248, with Status Grand Prix next up on 216 and ART Grand Prix in third on 181. It’s not too long to wait for GP3 to return to action, Round 7 of the GP3 Series season takes place at the historic Monza in Italy on 05-07 September.
Spa-Francorchamps – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
3.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
4.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
5.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
6.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
7.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
8.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
9.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
10.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
11.
Kevin Ceccon
Trident
12.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
14.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
15.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
16.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
17.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
18.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
19.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
20.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
21.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
23.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
Not Classified
 
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
 
 
Fastest Lap : Alex Fontana– ART Grand Prix : 2 :07.448 on lap 13

GP3

Ghiotto reigns supreme in Spa qualifying

That’s how to make a first impression! Debutant Luca Ghiotto from Trident impressed the field in a wet session to claim a maiden pole position in his first race weekend by three tenths of a second. Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff will join the Italian on the front row, with Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson in third.

Rain had fallen overnight and again prior to the thirty minute qualifying session. The 26 drivers fed onto the Spa-Francorchamps circuit on wet Pirelli tyres for Round 6 of the 2014 GP3 Series. Carmen Jorda was an early victim to the conditions; the Spaniard ran wide at Turn 14 and was beached in the gravel, a premature end to her session.

Series leader Alex Lynn headed the timesheet early on lapping in the 2m23’s before Eriksson improved on the Carlin driver’s time to snatch P1. ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer and Dino Zamparelli were third and fourth. At the midway point, Eriksson held a 0.463s margin over Lynn as the sun decided to make an appearance.
After twenty minutes, the drivers returned to the pitlane, ready for new rubber. Zamparelli gambled with slick tyres which didn’t pay off but the track became alive when Ghiotto began to light the timing screen and produced the best lap of the session with a 2:22.251. Despite the sunshine, there was no drying line appearing, with drivers struggling to make a big impact on their laptimes.
Bernstorff moved into second, whilst Lynn was on his best lap on his final attempt but was slightly hindered by traffic and remained in P5. At the chequered flag, it was jubilation for Trident, their first pole in the category. The top ten will line-up as Ghiotto, Bernstorff, Eriksson, Richie Stanaway, Lynn, Patrick Kujala, Kirchhöfer, Patric Niederhauser, Mathéo Tuscher and Zamparelli.
Race 1 takes place later today at 16:20 local time as the quest for supremacy continues.
Qualifying – Spa-Francorchamps
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
2:22.251
11
2.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
2:22.584
10
3.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
2:22.678
9
4.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
2:22.862
11
5.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2:23.081
11
6.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
2:23.303
11
7.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
2:23.413
9
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
2:23.438
10
9.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
2:23.481
11
10.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
2:23.565
11
11.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
2:23.586
11
12.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
2:23.794
11
13.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
2:23.920
11
14.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
2:23.996
10
15.
Kevin Ceccon
Jenzer Motorsport
2:24.057
12
16.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
2:24.248
9
17.
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
2:24.464
12
18.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
2:24.687
11
19
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
2:24.846
12
20.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:24.862
10
21.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
2:25.301
11
22.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
2:25.553
11
23.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
2:25.965
11
24.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
2:25.969
12
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:26.537
11
26
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
0

GP3

Zamparelli fastest in rain-affected Free Practice

Brit Dino Zamparelli set the pace during the forty-five minute Free Practice ahead of his fellow ART Grand Prix teammates Marvin Kirchhöfer and Alex Fontana. The session was red flagged twice with very tricky conditions due to rain.
27 drivers lined up for opening session of the weekend for Round 6 of the 2014 GP3 Series from Spa-Francorchamps. There were four changes to the driver line-up, GP3 returnee Kevin Ceccon was in the number 22 machine at Jenzer Motorsport, whilst Trident fielded three new rookie drivers: Konstantin Tereshchenko from Russia, John Bryant-Meisner from Sweden and Luca Ghiotto from Italy.
Temperatures were cool with impending rain clouds above as free practice commenced. Series leader Alex Lynn from Carlin was first to set the pace in the 2m08’s before Zamparelli demoted him to P2. But the Red Bull Junior driver found extra pace to rise to the top and break into the 2m07’s. Zamparelli too found some extra speed, to displace Lynn again.
Kirchhöfer and Fontana soon jumped on the tail of their teammate to hold second and third fastest, with Lynn in fourth ahead of his teammate Emil Bernstorff. The drivers returned to the pits as light rain began to fall. It was challenging for drivers as early on the rain was falling only over the pitlane, La Source and Eau Rouge, with many drivers opting to remain in the pits to see what the weather would do.
Trident debutant Tereshchenko lost control under braking at the final corner and his car was launched into the air as he ran over the kerb and made contact with the barrier. The Russian driver climbed out of his car whilst the session was red flagged for his car to be removed.
When the session resumed, light drizzle continued to fall, this time more over the circuit with drivers unable to improve on their lap times. In the final minutes, Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen also suffered an excursion, making light contact with the wall. With the rain coming down heavier and only a few minutes remaining on the clock – it was decided the session would not re-start.
At the chequered flag it was the ART Grand Prix trio of Zamparelli, Kirchhöfer and Fontana, followed by Lynn, Bernstorff, Mathéo Tuscher, Nick Yelloly, Jimmy Eriksson, Richie Stanaway and Patrick Kujala.
Qualifying takes place at 09.45 am local time tomorrow morning with rain expected – with four points up for grabs as the rounds tick down, it’s imperative in the fight for the title.
Free Practice – Spa-Francorchamps
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
2:07.021
10
2.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
2:07.372
7
3.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
2.07.392
8
4.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
2:07.437
12
5.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
2:07.696
10
6.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
2:08.035
10
7.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
2:08.232
9
8.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
2:08.271
9
9.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
2:08.341
10
10.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
2:08.374
10
11.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
2:08.495
10
12.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
2:08.648
8
13.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
2:08.674
11
14.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:08.791
9
15.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
2:08.826
8
16.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
2:08.861
7
17.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
2:08.918
10
18.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
2:09.627
8
19.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:09.843
10
20.
Kevin Ceccon
Jenzer Motorsport
2:10.228
11
21.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
2:11.488
10
22.
Konstantin Tereshchenko
Trident
2:12.027
11
23.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
2:12.213
8
24.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
2:12.241
8
25.
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
2:12.754
11
26.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
2:14. 456
9
27.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
2:18. 487
9

 

GP3

Arden International’s Patric Niederhauser victorious in Hungary

He’s back! The smile could not have been bigger for Swiss ace Patric Niederhauser who climbed to the top step of the podium today at the Hungaroring. The Arden International ace made a fantastic start to steal the lead and claimed his third win of his GP3 career, his first rostrum of the 2014 season. ART Grand Prix’s Dino Zamparelli was second, with Niederhauser’s teammate Jann Mardenborough third.
Zamparelli started from reverse pole but the Brit didn’t make the best getaway – Niederhauser in third made a lightning one to edge in front to sneak into the lead. Mardenborough from the front row also made a good start, with Zamparelli trying to claw back the lead going into Turn one. All three braked hard but it was Niederhauser who exited the turn in front with Zamparelli and Mardenborough duelling for second position.
Zamparelli fought back to move up to second on lap one with Niederhauser leading the Brit by just over half a second. Yellow flags were waved at turn 5 on lap three after Santiago Urrutia spun and his Koiranen GP machine had to be removed.
Series leader Alex Lynn held fourth which a charging Robert Visoiu hot on his tail. Lynn reduced the deficit to Mardenborough in third with a thrilling three-way battle developing which became the main focus of the race. Niederhauser started to pull away, increasing his lead to just over two seconds with his teammate falling ever closer into the clutches of the Carlin and Red Bull Junior driver.
The battle for P6 was also on: yesterday’s race winner Richie Stanaway (Status Grand Prix) had moved up two places and saw off the advances of Dean Stoneman (Marussia Manor Racing) and Carlin’s Emil Bernstorff during the midway point of the race.
With three laps remaining, Lynn mounted his attack on Mardenborough, he attempted an overtake going into turn one but backed off and waited to see if he could seize the opportunity elsewhere on the lap.
Bernstorff had been hounding Stoneman in the final laps and passed him before the chequered flag to snatch seventh. The joy and relief was clear for all to see when Niederhauser crossed the line to celebrate his best result of the campaign ahead of Zamparelli. Mardenborough held on under huge pressure from Lynn for the final spot on the podium, with Visoiu, Stanaway, Bernstorff and Stoneman collecting the final points on offer.
Lynn remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings going into the summer break. The Carlin star has 134 points compared to Stanaway, Eriksson, Bernstorff and Kirchhöfer who are on 103, 85, 85 and 80 respectively.
Carlin continues to hold the advantage in the Teams’ Standings on 233, with Status Grand Prix on 177 and ART Grand Prix on 144.
GP3 will return to action at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps on the 22-24 August 2014.
Budapest – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
2.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
3.
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
4.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
5.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
6.
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
7.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
8.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
10.
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
12.
Roman De Beer
Trident
13.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
14.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
15.
Mathéo Tuscher
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
17.
Sebastian Balthasar
Hilmer Motorsport
18.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
19.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
20.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
23.
Christopher Höher
Jenzer Motorsport
24.
Mitchell Gilbert
Trident
25.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Not Classified
 
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
 
 
Fastest Lap : Mitchell Gilbert – Trident : 1 :31. 758 on lap 6

GP3

Ellinas wins season finale in Abu Dhabi

ELLINAS WINS SEASON FINALE IN ABU DHABI—

He started the season with a win and he ends the year on the top step of the podium – that’s the story of Tio Ellinas’ 2013 with Marussia Manor Racing. After making a great start from P2, the Cypriot stormed into the lead and took the chequered flag ahead of Koiranen GP rookie Dean Stoneman who in his maiden GP3 weekend, achieved a remarkable podium. ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly was third.
 
Patrick Kujala started from reverse pole but it was the experienced Ellinas who made the better getaway and stole P1. Stoneman moved into second with Daly in third, whilst Kujala dropped to fourth. Newly crowned GP3 Champion Daniil Kvyat made up one place to P7 as he attempted to carve his way through the field.
 
Jack Harvey wasted no time in passing Kujala whilst all eyes were on the battle between Carlin’s Nick Yelloly who had his hands full keeping the Russian champion behind him. On lap three, the MW Arden driver found his way through past the Brit and set his sights on his next prey. After three laps Ellinas managed a three second advantage back to Stoneman and Daly.
 
On lap 5, Kvyat overtook Kujala and his next target was the ART Grand Prix duo. Yelloly and Alexander Sims began to hunt down Finnish rookie Kujala as a train of six 6 cars joined in the fun. The Carlin pair got the better off the Koiranen GP driver and soon began setting purple sectors.
 
Meanwhile the top five began to really close up and with two laps to go it was all to play for with Ellinas’ lead reduced to under a second. Harvey could see a chance for the rostrum and tried everything to pass his teammate Daly on the final lap but it wasn’t enough. Ellinas crossed the line and punched the air with joy to take his third GP3 career win, just two tenths ahead of Stoneman with Daly securing the final spot on the rostrum. Harvey held off a chasing Kyat for P4, with Yelloly, Sims and Zamparelli completing the points scorers.
 
2013 GP3 Series Champion Kvyat finished the season with a tally of 168 points, with Argentine Facu Regalia second in the standings on 138 after a no score today. Third place trophy will go to American Daly on 126 with Ellinas and Harvey on 116 and 114 rounding out the top five.
 
ART Grand Prix who celebrated their triumph yesterday of four consecutive team champions’ trophies, finished the season with 378 points, with MW Arden and Koiranen GP on 278 and 207 apiece.
 
The season is now over and what a memorable year it has been! The reigning GP3 Champion will graduate to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso, again showing the competiveness of the Series, we look forward to another thrilling GP3 Series in 2014.  
 
Abu Dhabi– Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Dean Stoneman
Koiranen GP
3.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
4.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
5.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
8.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
10.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
11.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
12.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
13.
Robert Cregan
Trident
14.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
18.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
19.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
20.
Alice Powell
Bamboo Engineering
21
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
22
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
23
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
24.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
26.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Nick Yelloly- Carlin: 1 :58.487 on lap 11

GP3

Melville McKee

McKee achieves maiden win in Nurburgring Race 2-
 
Bamboo Engineering and Melville McKee achieve their first win in GP3…
 
Eight races, eight different victors! Melville McKee made a great start to the race, straight into the lead and held off immense pressure from Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims until the chequered flag in a nail-biting conclusion. Brit’ McKee and his team both celebrate their debut win in the category. Nick Yelloly (Carlin) was third.
 
Reverse pole-sitter Sims, stepping in at Status Grand Prix for a one-off round, lost several places at the start, with McKee sneaking into the lead. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) made a great start, as did Yelloly, with four abreast going into Turn 1. ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey tried a move on the outside of the first turn but contact was made with Sainz, which dropped the Brit’ down to P10.
 
After a perfect Saturday, Race 1 winner Facu Regalia failed to get away from the pre-grid and had to start from the pitlane instead of his original P8, the Argentine retiring at the midway point.
 
McKee pulled a one second advantage with Yelloly close in pursuit after passing Sims early on. Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) also got the better of Sainz moving up into P4, with Tio Ellinas charging hard, moving ahead of his Marussia Manor Racing teammate Dino Zamparelli after the British driver ran wide.
 
There were close battles throughout the field with the dice for P8 and the final points position. Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) held the vital points spot with Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) and Harvey trying everything they could to find a way through.
 
Sims was on a mission at the midway point as he made of ease of passing Yelloly who was struggling with his tyres, as he set his sights on P1. The last few laps the Status Grand Prix driver reeled McKee in and was within half a second of him on the final lap. Niederhauser was desperately trying to make a successful move on Daly and on the final lap, the Swiss driver passed the American to collect the final point on offer.
 
McKee had his mirrors full with Sims in the final moments, even on the final corner, the Status Grand Prix tried to find a way through but the young rookie had it covered and raced home to collect the chequered flag first topping off a brilliant day for Bamboo Engineering. Sims and Yelloly took joined him on the rostrum with Williamson, Sainz, Ellinas, Zamparelli and Niederhauser completing the top eight.
 
Ellinas extends his lead in the Drivers’ Standings with none of his main rivals scoring points in Race 2. The Cypriot is on 91, with Regalia on 72. Korjus, Harvey and Daly are on 59, 57 and 52 respectively. ART Grand Prix hold a large advantage in the Teams Standings on 181, ahead of Koiranen GP on 103 and MW Arden on 99.
 
Round 5 of the Series will take place in three weeks’ time as the paddock travel to Budapest, Hungary 26-28 July.
Nurburgring – Race 2
Driver
Team
1.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
2.
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
3.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
4.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
5.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
6.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
7.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
8.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
9.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
10.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
11.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
12.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
14.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
15.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
16.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
17.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
19.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
20.
David Fumanelli
Trident
21.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
22.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
23.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
24.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Not Classified
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
 
Fastest Lap : Melville McKee – Bamboo Engineering : 1 :46.938 on lap 2