Hockenheim GP3: ART's Marvin Kirchhofer takes first win at home
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, July 19th 2014, 16:12 GMT|
Marvin Kirchhofer scored his maiden GP3 Series victory on home turf at Hockenheim on Saturday.
The German ART driver scored a lights-to-flag success, outdragging points leader Alex Lynn away from the front row to convert his pole into a dominant win.
Behind him, there was a train of five Brits.
Lynn finished 3.3 seconds in arrears, having seen off the early challenge of Carlin team-mate Emil Bernstorff. That bid tailed off after Bernstorff ran wide at Turn 1 on lap 12 of 18.
Nick Yelloly finished fourth for Status, while Dean Stoneman (Manor) passed ART's Dino Zamparelli on the final lap to finish fifth.
Title contender Jimmy Eriksson took more points in seventh, having charged up from 10th following the grid penalty he sustained at Silverstone.
He survived an early clash with Stoneman at the hairpin on the opening lap, and came under a later attack from Jann Mardenborough, who takes reversed-grid pole with eighth place.
Results - 18 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Marvin Kirchhofer ART 27m47.577s 2. Alex Lynn Carlin +3.359s 3. Emil Bernstorff Carlin +4.459s 4. Nick Yelloly Status +9.770s 5. Dean Stoneman Manor +12.928s 6. Dino Zamparelli ART +14.922s 7. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen +16.702s 8. Jann Mardenborough Arden +17.173s 9. Riccardo Agostini Hilmer +18.231s 10. Robert Visoiu Arden +18.752s 11. Alex Fontana ART +20.483s 12. Patric Niederhauser Arden +29.000s 13. Richie Stanaway Status +29.462s 14. Mitch Gilbert Trident +29.672s 15. Adderly Fong Jenzer +29.873s 16. NelsonMason Hilmer +32.628s 17. Luis Sa Silva Carlin +36.620s 18. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer +37.224s 19. Pal Varhaug Jenzer +37.444s 20. Ryan Cullen Manor +37.635s 21. Roman de Beer Trident +41.959s 22. Santiago Urrutia Koiranen +46.976s 23. Victor Carbone Trident +47.277s 24. Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer +1m22.062s Retirements: Patrick Kujala Manor 16 laps Carmen Jorda Koiranen 7 laps Alfonso Celis Jr Status 1 lap