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Barcelona GP3: Dean Stoneman takes first series victory

Cancer survivor Dean Stoneman scored his first victory in the GP3 Series in race two at Barcelona after a tense duel with Jenzer's Matheo Tuscher

Overnight rain made the track very slippery in the early stages on Sunday morning, but all 27 cars started the race on slick tyres, and Marussia Manor driver Stoneman proved how slick the racing surface was when he spun while warming his tyres on the warm-up lap.

Poleman Tuscher led from the start, but Stoneman was right on his tail over the opening lap. Stoneman made a lunge at Turn 4 on lap two, and Tuscher's attempt to fight back included contact at Turn 5, but they got away with it.

From there, Stoneman pulled away during the middle of the race, though a safety car period gave Tuscher the chance to respond in the closing stages.

A slight mistake by Tuscher over the kerbs at the chicane on the penultimate lap sealed the deal, and Stoneman scored an emotional 0.9s win as he continues to re-establish his single-seater career after it was interrupted by testicular cancer treatment.

Behind Tuscher, Dino Zamparelli (ART) held off the challenge of Kiwi Richie Stanaway (Status) to make it two Britons on the podium.

Marvin Kirchhofer finished fifth for ART after a great battle with yesterday's podium finisher Jimmy Eriksson. Nick Yelloly just fell short of a top-six finish, with fellow Briton Emil Bernstorff in eighth after starting at the back of the grid.

Yesterday's winner Alex Lynn made a good start to run sixth initially, but tumbled down the order from Turn 1 and finished the opening lap in 15th. He gambled on a switch to wet weather tyres during the brief safety car period, but trailed home in 18th.

Results - 15 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team        Time/Gap
 1.  Dean Stoneman        Manor     30m14.777s
 2.  Matheo Tuscher       Jenzer       +0.925s
 3.  Dino Zamparelli      ART          +1.802s
 4.  Richie Stanaway      Status       +3.275s
 5.  Marvin Kirchhofer    ART          +3.740s
 6.  Jimmy Eriksson       Koiranen     +6.294s
 7.  Nick Yelloly         Status       +6.668s
 8.  Emil Bernstorff      Carlin       +7.303s
 9.  Patric Niederhauser  Arden       +10.665s
10.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin      +15.987s
11.  Robert Visoiu        Arden       +16.714s
12.  Adderly Fong         Jenzer      +17.941s
13.  Santiago Urrutia     Koiranen    +43.010s
14.  Jann Mardenborough   Arden       +45.167s
15.  Beitske Visser       Hilmer      +46.998s
16.  Ryan Cullen          Manor       +53.140s
17.  Victor Carbone       Trident   +1m06.000s
18.  Alex Lynn            Carlin    +1m26.118s
19.  Alex Fontana         ART       +1m34.572s
20.  Ivan Taranov         Hilmer    +1m43.432s
21.  Roman de Beer        Trident      +2 laps
                                  
Retirements:                      
                                  
     Carmen Jorda         Koiranen      8 laps
     Pal Varhaug          Jenzer        6 laps
     Alfonso Celis Jr     Status        6 laps
     Danis Nagulin        Trident       3 laps
     Nelson Mason         Hilmer        2 laps
     Patrick Kujala       Manor          1 lap   

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