Monza GP3: Emil Bernstorff beats Esteban Ocon, Luca Ghiotto stalls

Arden International driver Emil Bernstorff snatched victory away from Esteban Ocon on the penultimate lap of race one at Monza, to take his second GP3 Series win of the season

Monza GP3: Emil Bernstorff beats Esteban Ocon, Luca Ghiotto stalls

Mercedes junior Ocon stormed into the lead when championship leader and polesitter Luca Ghiotto stalled on the grid.

Ocon led the majority of the race, with 2013 McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC award winner Matt Parry close behind.

Bernstorff however, who started fifth, was locked in a frenetic battle with Marvin Kirchhofer from the opening lap.

The pair made contact heading into the Roggia chicane when Kirchhofer clipped the kerb on the inside, which shot him in the direction of Bernstorff.

This forced them both to cut the chicane, where Kirchhofer went over one of the sausage kerbs sending him briefly airborne.

Bernstorff eventually made his move stick into the first chicane and set about catching the leaders.

The Brit passed his team-mate Kevin Ceccon on the outside of the Roggia chicane, before dispatching Parry a few laps later.

This set up a thrilling fight for the lead and for third in the closing stages.

Bernstorff hassled Ocon for several laps before repeating his pass on Ceccon on the penultimate lap to take the lead, which he was able to retain.

Koiranen GP's Parry tried his best to hold on to third but Ceccon went around the outside of Curva Grande to take the final spot on the podium.

Kirchhofer and Jimmy Eriksson finished fifth and sixth, while Matheo Tuscher and Alex Palou battled hard for seventh.

Palou couldn't find a way past and had to settle for eighth, and reverse grid pole.

Alex Fontana got the better of his team-mate Seb Morris, who collided with Tuscher at the Roggia chicane, with a bold move at the first corner to finish ninth.

Ferrari protege Antonio Fuoco had a disappointing home race as contact with the barrier on the rundown to the Lesmos on the opening lap forced the Italian to retire.

NEWS UPDATE: Parry and Morris excluded

RESULTS - 22 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 37m06.696s
2 Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 0.987s
3 Kevin Ceccon Arden International 2.374s
4 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 6.555s
5 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 9.206s
6 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 15.249s
7 Alex Palou Campos Racing 16.408s
8 Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 22.645s
9 Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 23.891s
10 Mitch Gilbert Carlin 25.038s
11 Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 25.365s
12 Brandon Maisano Campos Racing 28.401s
13 Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 31.703s
14 Amaury Bonduel Trident 38.943s
15 Alex Bosak Arden International 1m09.130s
16 Artur Janosz Trident 2 Laps
- Matt Parry Koiranen GP Disqualified
- Seb Morris Status Grand Prix Disqualified
- Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport Retirement
- Antonio Fuoco Carlin Retirement
- Luca Ghiotto Trident Retirement


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