Marussia Manor Racing’s driver, Dean Stoneman, locked his 2nd victory this year at the end of a thrilling race. Dino Zamparelli (ART Grand Prix) and Nick Yelloly (Status GP) complete the podium.
The first race of the GP3 series took place on a drying track. Dean Stoneman took an audacious stand by starting on slick tyres. It paid off as the British driver, who qualified on 11th position, was able to secure the win as the first six drivers, like most of the drivers, took the departure with wet tyres. Marvin Kirchhöfer was less lucky, the ART Grand Prix driver, did not even see the end of the formation lap.
Alex Lynn and Richie Stanaway started from the pitlane after changing their tyres too late. Luca Ghiotto started first but was quickly overtaken by Emil Bernstorff. Farther in the pack, Patric Niederhauser touched with Jimmy Eriksson car and both drivers had to end their races.
After starting from sixth, Mathéo Tuscher took the lead after four laps thanks to his slick tyres. He was followed by Stoneman and Zamparelli whom he quickly distanced. He was ahead of Stoneman with almost 3 seconds and ten more seconds of Zamparelli when he sadly spun. Unable to restart his car, he found himself in a very dangerous position which prompted the deployment of the safety car.
At the restart, Stoneman was first with a one-second gap to Zamparelli. He also pocketed extra points for the fastest lap. Yelloly came third followed by Jann Mardenborough, Pal Varhaug, Alex Fontana, Stanaway, Lynn, who will start from the reverse pole tomorrow, Bernstorff and Riccardo Agostini. Though he started from the pole, Luca Ghiotto finished 18th because of a puncture.
|1||16||Dean Stoneman||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||12 Laps|
|2||3||Dino Zamparelli||GBR||ART Grand Prix||+ 1,200||+ 1,200|
|3||26||Nick Yelloly||GBR||Status Grand Prix||+ 2,900||+ 1,700|
|4||6||Jan Mardenborough||GBR||Arden International||+ 3,800||+ 0,900|
|5||20||Pal Varhaug||NOR||Jenzer Motorsport||+ 4,900||+ 1,100|
|6||1||Alex Fontana||CHE||ART Grand Prix||+ 5,700||+ 0,800|
|7||27||Richie Stanaway||NZL||Status Grand Prix||+ 7,000||+ 1,300|
|8||10||Alex Lynn (R)||GBR||Carlin||+ 7,500||+ 0,500|
|9||11||Emil Bernstorff (R)||GBR||Carlin||+ 8,000||+ 0,500|
|10||19||Riccardo Agostini (R)||ITA||Hilmer Motorsport||+ 9,200||+ 1,200|
|11||22||Kevin Ceccon||ITA||Jenzer Motorsport||+ 10,000||+ 0,800|
|12||28||Alfonso Celis Jr. (R)||MEX||Status Grand Prix||+ 10,500||+ 0,500|
|13||9||Santiago Urrutia (R)||URG||Koiranen GP||+ 11,800||+ 1,300|
|14||15||Ryan Cullen||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||+ 25,400||+ 13,600|
|15||18||Nelson Mason (R)||CAN||Hilmer Motorsport||+ 35,000||+ 9,600|
|16||12||Luis Sá Silva||ANG||Carlin||+ 70,700||+ 35,700|
|17||7||Carmen Jordà||SPA||Koiranen GP||+ 103,500||+ 32,800|
|18||25||Luca Ghiotto (R)||ITA||Trident||+ 105,000||+ 1,500|
|19||17||Sebastian Balthasar (R)||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||+ 2 Laps||–|
|20||24||John Bryan-Meisner (R)||SWE||Trident||+ 2 Laps||–|
|21||21||Mathéo Tuscher (R)||CHE||Jenzer Motorsport||+ 5 Laps||–|
|22||4||Robert Visoiu||ROM||Arden International||+ 9 Laps||–|
|23||14||Patrick Kujala||FIN||Marussia Manor Racing||+ 12 Laps||–|
|24||8||Jimmy Eriksson||SWE||Koiranen GP||+ 12 Laps||–|
|DNF||2||Marvin Kirchhöfer (R)||GER||ART Grand Prix||+ 12 Laps||–|
|DNS||5||Patric Neiderhauser||CHE||Arden International||+ 12 Laps||–|
|DNC||23||Konstanin Tereshchenko (R)||RUS||Trident||+ 12 Laps||–|