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GP3 NEWS 

Nurburgring GP3: Melville McKee and Bamboo claim first victory

Melville McKee wins Nurburgring GP3 race 2013Melville McKee scored his and Bamboo Engineering's first-ever GP3 Series victory at the Nurburgring, heading an all-British top four in Germany.

Front row starter McKee grabbed the lead at the start from polesitter Alexander Sims (Status), the latter losing second when Carlin's Nick Yelloly drove around the outside of him at Turn 2.

McKee pulled out a 2.5-second lead by the end of lap three, but the chasing Yelloly closed the gap down to 1.1s four laps later.

But it was Sims who was the real threat, passing Yelloly with an audacious pass down the inside at Turn 3.

He closed in on McKee in the final stages, but just could not find a way around him.

McKee is the eighth winner from eight races this year, and had previously never finished in the top 10 before this weekend.

Yelloly dropped to a distant third, well clear of McKee's team-mate Lewis Williamson.

Carlos Sainz escaped a first-corner clash with Jack Harvey to finish fifth, ahead of points leader Tio Ellinas, who benefitted from a mistake from Manor team-mate Dino Zamparelli on lap three.

Patric Niederhauser grabbed the final point, when Conor Daly ran wide at Turn 3 on the final lap.

Ellinas stretches his points lead as Saturday's race winner Facu Regalia could not get a gear off the dummy grid and started from the pitlane. He was an early retirement.

Results - 15 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team        Time/Gap
 1.  Melville McKee       Bamboo    27m23.992s
 2.  Alexander Sims       Status       +0.353s
 3.  Nick Yelloly         Carlin       +3.506s
 4.  Lewis Williamson     Bamboo       +5.273s
 5.  Carlos Sainz Jr      MW Arden     +9.781s
 6.  Tio Ellinas          Manor       +12.686s
 7.  Dino Zamparelli      Manor       +15.382s
 8.  Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer      +16.023s
 9.  Conor Daly           ART         +17.176s
10.  Jack Harvey          ART         +19.390s
11.  Aaro Vainio          Koiranen    +24.437s
12.  Emanuele Zonzini     Trident     +26.696s
13.  Patrick Kujala       Koiranen    +28.519s
14.  Giovanni Venturini   Trident     +30.269s
15.  Kevin Korjus         Koiranen    +30.613s
16.  Daniil Kvyat         MW Arden    +30.818s
17.  Alex Fontana         Jenzer      +31.247s
18.  Jimmy Eriksson       Status      +33.008s
19.  Samin Gomez          Jenzer      +34.547s
20.  David Fumanelli      Trident     +34.698s
21.  Eric Lichtenstein    Carlin      +35.383s
22.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin      +38.946s
23.  Robert Visoiu        MW Arden    +39.132s
24.  Carmen Jorda         Bamboo    +1m02.686s
25.  Ryan Cullen          Manor     +1m22.545s

Retirements:

    Josh Webster         Status       11 laps
    Facu Regalia         ART           8 laps
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