Lewis Williamson takes maiden GP3 win on home ground at Silverstone
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, July 10th 2011, 08:27 GMT|
McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Lewis Williamson scored his first-ever GP3 victory on the morning of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
The MW Arden driver, who started from second on the grid, made a terrible getaway and was fourth on the run to Abbey, behind leader Dean Smith (Addax), James Calado (ART) and Nick Yelloly (Atech CRS). But Williamson made a fantastic recovery, passing Yelloly on the way into Abbey and then taking advantage as Smith and Calado compromised each other's lines through Village.
With a clear run, Williamson simply drove around the outside of Calado at The Loop, then lined up Smith into Brooklands. For a moment it looked like they would run three abreast, but as Smith clung to the inside, Williamson drove around the outside of him to grab a lead he would never give up.
He pulled away to a five-second victory, as Smith clung tenaciously to second, repelling Calado's early advances.
As in race one yesterday, the man to watch was Alexander Sims (Status) who charged from fifth to third, grabbing the championship lead as he did so. After an early clash with Manor driver Rio Haryanto at Vale, he passed Yelloly for fourth at Brooklands on lap seven, and the pulled off a brilliant lunge down the inside of Calado at Vale on lap 12 to put himself on the podium.
Haryanto also passed Calado for fourth at Brooklands, while Yelloly just failed to catch Calado by the flag and was forced to settle for sixth.
Other unsung stars of the race were Nigel Melker (Mucke), who charged from the back of the grid to eighth, and Manor's Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who was forced to start from the pits instead of fifth when his car stalled on the dummy grid. He recovered to finish 15th.
Sims now leads the points by three points from Mitch Evans, who was a first lap retirement when his MW Arden car broke down after charging up to fifth in the opening corners.
Results - 14 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Lewis Williamson MW Arden 26m51.435s 2. Dean Smith Addax + 5.090s 3. Alexander Sims Status + 7.202s 4. Rio Haryanto Manor + 8.178s 5. James Calado ART + 11.238s 6. Nick Yelloly Atech CRS + 11.619s 7. Conor Daly Carlin + 12.080s 8. Nigel Melker RSC Mucke + 13.051s 9. Antonio Felix da Costa Status + 14.660s 10. Simon Trummer MW Arden + 20.947s 11. Nico Muller Jenzer + 22.574s 12. Valtteri Bottas ART + 23.987s 13. Michael Christensen RSC Mucke + 25.338s 14. Gabby Chaves Addax + 30.864s 15. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Manor + 32.965s 16. Zoel Amberg Atech CRS + 35.349s 17. Pedro Nunes ART + 37.013s 18. Aaro Vainio Tech 1 + 38.579s 19. Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke + 39.642s 20. Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 + 41.457s 21. Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 + 41.759s 22. Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer + 42.038s 23. Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin + 45.566s 24. Ivan Lukashevich Status + 49.993s Retirements: Tom Dillmann Addax 13 laps Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS 8 laps Matias Laine Manor 3 laps Mitch Evans MW Arden 0 laps