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Jun 29

Home hero Harvey victorious in Silverstone Race 1

ART GP rookie takes maiden win in GP3

GP3 - Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix)Happy Harvey! After narrowly missing out on pole position to Kevin Korjus, Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) made a brilliant start to claim his debut win in the category, topping it off by taking the honours at his home race in front of a large, enthusiastic Silverstone crowd, as well as pocketing points for fastest lap.

Korjus (Koiranen GP) was second with ART Grand Prix’s Facu Regalia third.

Clear skies and a temperature of 20 degrees awaited the 27 GP3 drivers as they lined up on the grid. Korjus had pole but it was Harvey from P3 who made a great getaway to move into the lead and demote Korjus and Regalia. His ART Grand Prix teammate Conor Daly was also another man on the move, unfortunately the American made a jump start from P9 into P2 by the first corner.

Harvey was quick to build an advantage at the front, increasing the gap lap, by lap. Daly remained in P2, ahead of Korjus, Regalia, Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing.) There was a collision between Patrick Kujala (Koiranen GP) and Trident’s David Fumanelli when the young Finn made contact with the back of the Italian’s machine which sent him airborne. Kujala was able to climb out of the car but the safety car was deployed due to the incident.

The safety car was released with a handful of laps remaining and Harvey managed the gap back to his rivals to retain his advantage. Daly had been issued with a 10-second drive-through penalty for a jump start and served it once the safety car had come in which dropped him down the order, thus moving Korjus and Regalia into second and third.

In the final laps the action continued to hot up with Carlin’s Nick Yelloly passing Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport) for P6. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) in P8 then fancied his chances on the Swiss driver but Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) seized the opportunity to overtake the Spaniard in front of his home crowd. The move was done until they duo went wheel to wheel with the Scot ending up on the grass, into a spin and a premature end to his race. Sainz was able to continue but lost pace and dropped down the order.

As the chequered flag was waved, it was a celebratory fist in the air for Harvey achieving his first win in the GP3 Series. Korjus, Regalia, Kvyat, Ellinas, Yelloly, Fontana, Giovanni Venturini, Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) and Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing) completed the top ten points scoring positions. Trident’s Venturini will line-up on reverse pole for tomorrow’s Race 2 which will commence at 08.20 GMT.

Ellinas remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings on 65, with Korjus and Daly on 59 and 51 respectively. ART Grand Prix lead the Teams Standings on 126, Koiranen GP is second on 102 and MW Arden are third with 75.

Silverstone – Race 1
 
Driver
Team
1.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
3.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
4.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
8.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
9.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
10.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
12.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
13.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
14.
Eric Lichtenstein
Carlin
15.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
16.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
17.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
18.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
19.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
20.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
21.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
22.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
23.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
24.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
25.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
 
Not Classified
David Fumanelli
Trident
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
 
Fastest Lap : Jack Harvey – ART Grand Prix : 1 :48.743 on lap 13
 
source: GP3 Series
 

Marussia Manor Racing

ELLINAS OPENS SIX POINT GP3 SERIES LEAD

  • Marussia Manor Racing GP3 – Silverstone – Race 1
  • GP3 Series, Round 3, Silverstone UK
  • Saturday 29 June 2013
  • ELLINAS P5 1:49.772
  • ZAMPARELLI P10 1:50.364
  • CULLEN P21 1:52.140

Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas extended his GP3 championship lead to six points in the first of Silverstone’s two rounds, despite having to be content with fifth place following problems in qualifying.

The Cypriot’s chance to make up ground from sixth on the grid was hampered by a lengthy Safety Car intervention following a lap 5 collision involving Trident’s David Fumanelli and Koiranen GP driver Patrick Kujala.

By the time the official car departed there were only five laps remaining and Ellinas was unable to make progress in a tightly-knit lead pack.

Dino Zamparelli, however, did manage to go forward and scored a point for 10th place after qualifying 16th, while Ryan Cullen got another race finish under his belt.

ART’s Jack Harvey became GP3’s fifth winner of 2013, ahead of new championship second place man Kevin Korjus, Facu Regalia, Daniil Kvyat and Ellinas.

Tio Ellinas

“I got on the limiter for too long in the first sector during qualifying, which cost me 0.3s, which would have put me on the front row of the grid. That gave me some work to do and it’s a tight top six around here, so it was hard to make progress. I had a lot of wheelspin off the start as well, which didn’t help, and then the prolonged Safety Car period meant a pretty limited window of opportunity. 

Dino Zamparelli

“I’m quite pleased with the overall result because I didn’t have a great qualifying. I got traffic and didn’t put a lap together. I enjoyed some overtaking in the race and used my local knowledge to pull a great move on Visou and get myself up into the top 10.”

Ryan Cullen

“I also enjoyed some good overtaking in the early laps but then got hit, costing me about five places. Missing testing here was quite a big setback too, as I’d never really driven around the GP track, but it’s great to be making some progress and I’m looking forward to the second race tomorrow.”

source: marussiaf1team.com



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