Abu Dhabi GP3: Dean Stoneman beats Marvin Kirchhofer to victory

Dean Stoneman continued his superb recent form to win the main race of the GP3 Series season finale in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP3: Dean Stoneman beats Marvin Kirchhofer to victory

The Englishman got the jump on poleman Marvin Kirchhofer away from the lights, and led the German from start to finish to take his second win since switching to the Koiranen GP team.

An early safety car was caused by a tangle at Turn 11 on the opening lap, Patrick Kujala punting Matheo Tuscher into a spin and then getting collected by Luis Sa Silva. Stoneman bolted incredibly early at the restart, almost catching the safety car but giving himself a nice advantage over Kirchhofer.

The ART Grand Prix driver got the gap briefly down to within a second on the 12th lap of 14, but ran too deep into the Turn 8 chicane the following time around and dropped back.

Dino Zamparelli made it two ART drivers on the podium, the Italo-Bristolian benefiting when Carlin team-mates Emil Bernstorff and Alex Lynn ran wide at Turn 1 after the start.

New champion Lynn looked feisty in trying to get past Bernstorff on the opening lap, but was forced to settle for fifth.

Alex Fontana, Patric Niederhauser and Nick Yelloly were next up, with Yelloly thereby earning pole for Sunday's reversed-grid race.

Jimmy Eriksson dropped ground on the opening lap, dropping out of the top 10 behind Kevin Ceccon and Santiago Urrutia.

The Swede provided the only post-lap-one points-paying overtaking manoeuvre of the whole race when he passed Urrutia on the ninth lap for 10th place, and nearly caught Ceccon for ninth by the finish.

RESULTS - 14 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP 29m10.173s
2 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 0.800s
3 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 5.423s
4 Emil Bernstorff Carlin 6.808s
5 Alex Lynn Carlin 9.441s
6 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 10.464s
7 Patric Niederhauser Arden International 12.174s
8 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 13.296s
9 Kevin Ceccon Jenzer Motorsport 15.414s
10 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 16.173s
11 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 22.559s
12 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 23.097s
13 Jann Mardenborough Arden International 23.677s
14 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 24.419s
15 Robert Visoiu Arden International 25.203s
16 Alfonso Celis Status Grand Prix 27.534s
17 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 31.020s
18 Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 33.738s
19 Ryan Cullen Trident 34.463s
20 Kang Ling Trident 39.273s
- Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport Retirement
- Patrick Kujala Trident Retirement
- Luis Jorge Sa Silva Carlin Retirement


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