Jun 30

Venturini victorious in Silverstone Race 2

Trident and Giovanni Venturini score first win in GP3 Series

GP3 - Giovanni Venturini (Trident)It was a race of firsts: Giovanni Venturini and his Trident team both celebrated their debut wins’ in the category as the Italian National anthem played out over the Silverstone circuit.

The Italian driver took a commanding victory after starting from reverse pole and handled immense pressure from Carlin’s Nick Yelloly. The Brit finished P2 in his home race with Jenzer Motorsport’s Alex Fontana in third.

On another dry, warm day at the Northamptonshire circuit, Venturini made a good start but it was local favourite Yelloly who made an even better getaway, passing Fontana in the first few metres. The Carlin driver was quick to set his sights on the lead and got alongside the Italian, sneaking in front for a few seconds, but ran wide over the kerb losing time, allowing Venturini reclaim his lead.

Dino Zamparelli, Emanuele Zonzini, Adderly Fong and Conor Daly didn’t complete lap one after being involved in incidents on the first lap. Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden), Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix), Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) and Jack Harvey (ART Grand Prix) were involved in their own tussle for P4 as the drivers looked after their Pirelli Super Hard tyres early on ready for the push in the final laps.

There was nothing to give between Venturini and Yelloly at the front as the laps ticked down. Spurred on by the huge, home crowd, the Brit was trying everything in the final few laps to find a way through. The Italian defended with all his might, eager to taste victory in GP3 for the first time. Fontana was a keen observer, close in pursuit of the duo, ready to pounce on any mistake.

As the chequered flag was waved, Venturini expressed his joy of taking his first win, as did his Trident team jumping for joy in the pitlane at their success. P2 for Yelloly was his best result on his GP3 career, as was Fontana’s third place – the Swiss driver’s debut rostrum. Kvyat continued to collect points with fourth, with Regalia, Ellinas, Harvey and Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) rounding out the points positions.

Venturini’s win was the sixth different winner of the 2013 campaign showing what a competitive season GP3 is having. Today’s result also showcased six different teams in the top six.

Ellinas remains on top in the Drivers’ Standings on 69 points, Kevin Korjus (Koiranen GP) who narrowly missed out on a points finish in Race 2 is second on 59 points, with Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) on 51. ART Grand Prix lead the Teams Standings with 134, next up are Koiranen GP on 103 and MW Arden are third with 85.

GP3 will be next in action for Round 5 in just a number of days when the Series travels to Nurburg in Germany on 05-07 July.

Silverstone – Race 2
Giovanni Venturini
Nick Yelloly
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
Eric Lichtenstein
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
Luis Sa Silva
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
David Fumanelli
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Not Classified
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
Emanuele Zonzini
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Daniil Kvyat – MW Arden : 1 :49.112 on lap 15

source: GP3 Series

Marussia Manor Racing


  • Marussia Manor Racing GP3 – Silverstone – Race 2
  • GP3 Series, Round 3, Silverstone, UK
  • ELLINAS P6 1:49.541
  • CULLEN P17 1:51.232
  • ZAMPARELLI P10 1:50.364

Tio Ellinas leaves Silverstone with a GP3 championship lead of 10 points after following up Saturday’s main event fifth place with sixth in Sunday’s reverse grid race. The 21-year-old Cypriot, who recently conducted a straight-line test with the Marussia F1 team, is now the only driver in the Series who can boast a 100% point-scoring record in 2013.

The fast, flowing nature of Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit made it tough for Ellinas to make up ground after losing a couple of positions off the startline from P4 on the grid. He also had to defend his position from Saturday race winner Jack Harvey.

Dino Zamparelli, after a battling drive into the points on Saturday, endured the frustration of first lap elimination after a coming-together which also involved ART’s Valencia winner Conor Daly and Trident’s Adderley Fong. Ryan Cullen, meanwhile, gained more experience with a strong run to 17th place.

The race was won by Giovanni Venturini, from Nick Yelloly, Alex Fontana, Daniil Kvyat and Facu Regalia. Heading for Germany next weekend, Ellinas has 69 points to Kevin Korjus’s 59 and Daly’s 51.

Tio Ellinas

“Obviously I’d rather be battling at the very front and finishing on the podium but I think the overall performance level here stems from losing time in qualifying when I was on the rev limiter and the knock-on effects of that. It’s tricky to stay close enough to make a move at a high-speed place like Silverstone and that was the same for everyone. Consistency and protecting my series lead then became the order of the day. I’ll be looking to get back into the top three at Nurburgring.”

Dino Zamparelli

“It’s always frustrating when you are taken out in an incident but there was nothing I could do about it and the stewards are looking into it. I was anticipating a good run after scoring points in Race 1 but will now just have to focus my attentions on Germany next weekend.”

Ryan Cullen

“I managed to navigate some of the chaos which claimed my team mate on the first lap and was running in 15th place initially. It was more good experience for me and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed racing on the GP circuit at Silverstone.”

Pete Sliwinski, Team Manager, Marussia Manor Racing GP3

“Obviously we came to our home circuit targeting the podium at least but, as Tio says, if you are on the back foot after qualifying here, it is hard to make strong progress. In the final analysis he has extended his championship lead and, over a season, it’s important to keep scoring consistently. Dino was unfortunate today after a good Saturday drive and Ryan is progressing well. We’re still in touch in the teams’ championship and will be aiming to get back onto podium at Nurburgring.”

source: marussiaf1team.com