Silverstone GP3: Jimmy Eriksson beats Alex Lynn for first win
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, July 5th 2014, 16:12 GMT|
Jimmy Eriksson held off the charge of GP3 points leader Alex Lynn to score his maiden victory in the series at Silverstone on Saturday afternoon.
Koiranen GP racer Eriksson made a lightning start from pole, and held a 1.7s lead by the end of the opening lap. Lynn (Carlin) got too much wheelspin at the start, and had to defend stoutly from a fastest starting Jann Mardenborough (Arden).
Eriksson pulled out a 2.7s lead by lap five, but Lynn came back at him in the second half of the race. With two laps to go he was just 0.3s behind, but was never close enough to make a move.
Despite the pressure from Lynn, Eriksson held on to win by 0.9s to close the gap in the championship to four points, although Lynn had the recompense of fastest lap.
ART's Marvin Kirchhofer passed the fast-starting Emil Bernstorff (Carlin) on the opening lap to grab third.
Status GP's Nick Yelloly pressured Bernstorff for the majority of the race but settled for fifth, ahead of Riccardo Agostini and Richie Stanaway.
Dino Zamparelli bounced back from a grid penalty for an incident in qualifying to grab reversed-grid pole honours from Mardenborough, who got mugged over the opening few corners of the first lap.
Results - 15 laps Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen 27m32.301s 2. Alex Lynn Carlin +0.958s 3. Marvin Kirchhofer ART +7.150s 4. Emil Bernstorff Carlin +9.882s 5. Nick Yelloly Status +10.937s 6. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer +12.774s 7. Richie Stanaway Status +14.413s 8. Dino Zamparelli ART +16.895s 9. Jann Mardenborough Arden +18.661s 10. Dean Stoneman Manor +20.132s 11. Pal Varhaug Jenzer +24.887s 12. Patrick Kujala Manor +25.530s 13. Patric Niederhauser Arden +28.616s 14. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer +29.400s 15. Alex Fontana ART +29.701s 16. Alfonso Celis Status +33.436s 17. Roman de Beer Trident +35.407s 18. Luis Sa Silva Carlin +39.583s 19. Ryan Cullen Manor +46.549s 20. Robert Visoiu Arden +47.035s 21. Adderly Fong Jenzer +47.550s 22. Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer +48.303s 23. Victor Carbone Trident +1m10.180s 24. Carmen Jorda Koiranen +1m35.243s 25. Nelson Mason Hilmer -2 laps Retirements Santiago Urrutia Koiranen 0 laps Mitchell Gilbert Trident 0 laps