Abu Dhabi GP3: Patric Niederhauser dominates season finale

Patric Niederhauser scored victory in the final GP3 Series race of the year in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi GP3: Patric Niederhauser dominates season finale

As usual, the Arden International driver made a lightning start and although poleman Nick Yelloly tried to squeeze him out of coming through, the Swiss made it stick into Turn 1.

There was a brief safety car, caused by Ryan Cullen being stranded after a collision with Luis Sa Silva, but Niederhauser made a strong restart and gradually extended his lead to win by five seconds.

NEWS UPDATE: Niederhauser excluded, Yelloly wins

Status GP driver Yelloly was similarly untroubled in second, while newly-crowned champion Alex Lynn (Carlin) completed the podium.

Lynn was one of many to jump ahead of third-on-the-grid Alex Fontana in the opening moments, with Fontana dropping to seventh.

Ahead of him, Saturday winner Dean Stoneman backed out a move on Dino Zamparelli for fifth into the downhill chicane, and as he retook the racing line he was hit by Fontana.

The collision tore Stoneman's rear wing loose and sent Fontana to the pits for a new front wing.

Luckily for Stoneman, the man he was leading in the fight for second in the championship, Marvin Kirchhofer, had already struck disaster. The German was unable to get his car into gear on the green-flag lap and started from the pitlane, and was only able to recover to 12th by the finish.

Emil Bernstorff took fourth behind Carlin team-mate Lynn, while Zamparelli completed a British 2-3-4-5 in his ART Grand Prix car. Next up were Kevin Ceccon and Jimmy Eriksson, while Richie Stanaway pulled off a nice move on Jann Mardenborough to take the year's final point for eighth.

Mardenborough subsequently dropped out of a scrap with Robert Visoiu and Pal Varhaug when his left-rear tyre went flat, sending him off the road.

NEWS UPDATE: Niederhauser excluded, Yelloly wins

RESULTS - 14 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix 28m29.039s
2 Alex Lynn Carlin 2.778s
3 Emil Bernstorff Carlin 3.491s
4 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix 5.534s
5 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 10.214s
6 Kevin Ceccon Jenzer Motorsport 8.260s
7 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 12.978s
8 Robert Visoiu Arden International 13.552s
9 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 17.294s
10 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 19.007s
11 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 19.585s
12 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP 25.889s
13 Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport 26.239s
14 Patrick Kujala Trident 26.963s
15 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix 27.553s
16 Kang Ling Trident 38.359s
17 Luis Jorge Sa Silva Carlin 58.213s
18 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport 1 Lap
- Patric Niederhauser Arden International Disqualified
- Jann Mardenborough Arden International Retirement
- Alfonso Celis Status Grand Prix Retirement
- Ryan Cullen Trident Retirement
- Dean Stoneman Koiranen GP Retirement
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