Silverstone GP3: Jack Harvey claims dominant first win at home

Reigning British Formula 3 champion Jack Harvey took his first GP3 Series race win in front of his home crowd at Silverstone on Saturday

Silverstone GP3: Jack Harvey claims dominant first win at home

ART racer Harvey did not let a lengthy safety car break his stride as he won by three seconds from poleman Kevin Korjus.

The safety car was required for a huge shunt at Becketts as Patrick Kujala flew over the back of David Fumanelli's crossed-up car. Both were uninjured, despite Kujala vaulting onto the top of the tyre wall at high speed.

Harvey led into the first corner, as team-mate Conor Daly rocketed from ninth to second after he blatantly jumped the start. Harvey had extended a 3.8s lead over Daly by the time the safety car appeared on lap five.

NEWS UPDATE: Sainz penalised and Kujala suspended

Daly took his drive-through penalty as the safety car came in, which meant Harvey had a big gap over Korjus at the restart. In truth, his lead never came under any serious threat throughout.

Behind Korjus, Facu Regalia held off the early challenge of Daniil Kvyat, while Tio Ellinas forced his way past Alex Fontana for fifth.

Nick Yelloly also passed Fontana, with a brilliant move at Stowe.

The battle for eighth, however self-destructed when Carlos Sainz Jr banged wheels with Lewis Williamson on the Wellington Straight, sending Williamson up into the air and into retirement. Sainz crawled home with damage in 13th.

This followed a superb pass by Williamson on Sainz at Maggots half a lap earlier. Sainz now faces a trip to the stewards.

Results - 15 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team        Time/Gap
 1.  Jack Harvey          ART       31m37.496s
 2.  Kevin Korjus         Koiranen     +3.051s
 3.  Facu Regalia         ART          +5.369s
 4.  Daniil Kvyat         MW Arden     +6.619s
 5.  Tio Ellinas          Manor        +8.073s
 6.  Nick Yelloly         Carlin       +9.485s
 7.  Alex Fontana         Jenzer      +12.389s
 8.  Giovanni Venturini   Trident     +15.626s
 9.  Adderly Fong         Status      +16.634s
10.  Dino Zamparelli      Manor       +17.210s
11.  Aaro Vainio          Koiranen    +18.126s
12.  Robert Visoiu        MW Arden    +19.191s
13.  Carlos Sainz Jr      MW Arden    +20.132s
14.  Eric Lichtenstein    Carlin      +20.350s
15.  Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer      +20.610s
16.  Josh Webster         Status      +21.885s
17.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin      +22.233s
18.  Jimmy Eriksson       Status      +23.193s
19.  Emanuele Zonzini     Trident     +23.888s
20.  Samin Gomez          Jenzer      +28.118s
21.  Ryan Cullen          Manor       +28.756s
22.  Conor Daly           ART         +30.390s
23.  Carmen Jorda         Bamboo      +39.008s
24.  Melville McKee       Bamboo      +44.844s

Retirements:

     Lewis Williamson     Bamboo       13 laps
     David Fumanelli      Trident       4 laps
     Patrick Kujala       Koiranen      4 laps
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