GP3 Silverstone: Kirchhoefer beats Bernstorff to race one victory

ART Grand Prix driver Marvin Kirchhofer edged out Arden's Emil Bernsorff to take victory in race one of the GP3 Series at Silverstone

GP3 Silverstone: Kirchhoefer beats Bernstorff to race one victory

The German made a great start to lead into the first corner and in the opening laps Kirchhofer was able to fend off Bernstorff's advances to set about building a gap out front.

But later in the race, Bernstorff consistently set a series of fastest laps to bring the gap down to just 0.2 seconds on the penultimate lap.

The pair briefly ran side by side down the Wellington straight, but Kirchhofer was able to hang on, despite a lack of grip, to take his second win of the season.

Matt Parry drove a controlled race to take his maiden GP3 podium after the Koiranen GP driver breezed past Alex Palou at the start to take third and was never threatened for the rest of the race.

Luca Ghiotto clinched fourth place with a bold move on the outside of Jimmy Eriksson at the penultimate corner on the final lap.

European Formula 3 champion Esteban Ocon was close behind in sixth ahead of Kevin Ceccon and Ralph Boschung.

Trident driver Arthur Janosz finished ninth and was followed by Matheo Tuscher who rounded out the top 10 despite starting down in 20th place.

Palou had a race to forget as the Campos Racing driver made a poor start from third on the grid to fall down to fifth. Shortly after that he lost power and was forced to retire.

RESULTS - 20 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 37m02.785s
2 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 0.302s
3 Matt Parry Koiranen GP 2.421s
4 Luca Ghiotto Trident 9.439s
5 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 10.511s
6 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 11.459s
7 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 12.274s
8 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 18.732s
9 Artur Janosz Trident 19.932s
10 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 21.197s
11 Oscar Tunjo Trident 22.052s
12 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP 30.193s
13 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix 33.591s
14 Alex Bosak Arden International 38.177s
15 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix 38.266s
16 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 38.456s
17 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 38.707s
18 Antonio Fuoco Carlin 39.270s
19 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 40.052s
20 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 51.168s
21 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 55.378s
22 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 1m04.044s
23 Christopher Hoher Campos Racing 1m17.420s
- Alex Palou Campos Racing Retirement

RACE TWO STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Team
1 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport
2 Kevin Ceccon Arden International
3 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix
4 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP
5 Luca Ghiotto Trident
6 Matt Parry Koiranen GP
7 Emil Bernstorff Arden International
8 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix
9 Artur Janosz Trident
10 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport
11 Oscar Tunjo Trident
12 Adderly Fong Koiranen GP
13 Alfonso Celis ART Grand Prix
14 Alex Bosak Arden International
15 Seb Morris Status Grand Prix
16 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport
17 Jann Mardenborough Carlin
18 Antonio Fuoco Carlin
19 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix
20 Mitch Gilbert Carlin
21 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing
22 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix
23 Christopher Hoher Campos Racing
24 Alex Palou Campos Racing


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