Jul 07

McKee achieves maiden win in Nurburgring Race 2

Bamboo Engineering and Melville McKee achieve their first win in GP3

GP3 - Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering)Eight races, eight different victors! Melville McKee made a great start to the race, straight into the lead and held off immense pressure from Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims until the chequered flag in a nail-biting conclusion.

Brit’ McKee and his team both celebrate their debut win in the category. Nick Yelloly (Carlin) was third.

Reverse pole-sitter Sims, stepping in at Status Grand Prix for a one-off round, lost several places at the start, with McKee sneaking into the lead. Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) made a great start, as did Yelloly, with four abreast going into Turn 1. ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey tried a move on the outside of the first turn but contact was made with Sainz, which dropped the Brit’ down to P10.

After a perfect Saturday, Race 1 winner Facu Regalia failed to get away from the pre-grid and had to start from the pitlane instead of his original P8, the Argentine retiring at the midway point.

McKee pulled a one second advantage with Yelloly close in pursuit after passing Sims early on. Lewis Williamson (Bamboo Engineering) also got the better of Sainz moving up into P4, with Tio Ellinas charging hard, moving ahead of his Marussia Manor Racing teammate Dino Zamparelli after the British driver ran wide.

There were close battles throughout the field with the dice for P8 and the final points position. Conor Daly (ART Grand Prix) held the vital points spot with Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) and Harvey trying everything they could to find a way through.

Sims was on a mission at the midway point as he made of ease of passing Yelloly who was struggling with his tyres, as he set his sights on P1. The last few laps the Status Grand Prix driver reeled McKee in and was within half a second of him on the final lap. Niederhauser was desperately trying to make a successful move on Daly and on the final lap, the Swiss driver passed the American to collect the final point on offer.

McKee had his mirrors full with Sims in the final moments, even on the final corner, the Status Grand Prix tried to find a way through but the young rookie had it covered and raced home to collect the chequered flag first topping off a brilliant day for Bamboo Engineering. Sims and Yelloly took joined him on the rostrum with Williamson, Sainz, Ellinas, Zamparelli and Niederhauser completing the top eight.

Ellinas extends his lead in the Drivers’ Standings with none of his main rivals scoring points in Race 2. The Cypriot is on 91, with Regalia on 72. Korjus, Harvey and Daly are on 59, 57 and 52 respectively. ART Grand Prix hold a large advantage in the Teams Standings on 181, ahead of Koiranen GP on 103 and MW Arden on 99.

Round 5 of the Series will take place in three weeks’ time as the paddock travel to Budapest, Hungary 26-28 July.

Nurburgring – Race 2
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix
Nick Yelloly
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
Emanuele Zonzini
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
Giovanni Venturini
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
David Fumanelli
Eric Lichtenstein
Luis Sa Silva
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
Not Classified
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
Fastest Lap : Melville McKee – Bamboo Engineering : 1 :46.938 on lap 2

source: GP3 Series

Marussia Manor Racing


Marussia Manor Racing GP3 – Nürburgring – Race 2

  • GP3 Series, Round 4, Nürburgring, Germany
  • ELLINAS P6 1:47.767
  • ZAMPARELLI P7 1:48.549
  • CULLEN P25 1:50.740

Tio Ellinas drove a mature second race to finish sixth at the Nürburgring, prolonging his fine 100% point-scoring record in GP3 this season and extending his series lead to 19 points over closest rival Facu Regalia as the season reached the halfway stage.

After a good start for Tio and team mate Dino Zamparelli, Tio got forced wide in turn 1, with Dino going up the inside and taking sixth place from Tio. The reverse grid format for Sunday’s race meant that Ellinas, second in the feature race, started seventh, while Dino was two slots further back after once again, missing out on the Sunday pole by just one slot.

Ryan Cullen also had an incident-packed race that included a spirited dice with Status Grand Prix’s Josh Webster, the latter making contact with the back of Ryan’s car on lap 9 and spinning Ryan down to 25th place.

Tio Ellinas

“I had a reasonable start and got forced a little wide at the first corner. Dino made a mistake at turn 4 which allowed me to get a run on him and I could settle into sixth place. The car felt really good early on and I put a lot of pressure on Sainz but then the front tyres started graining behind the other car and I suffered with understeer and dropped back. As it is difficult to pass at the Nürburgring I had to settle for sixth, which is some valuable points at least. Now I look forward to the Young Driver Test and then round 5 at Hungary straight after, so it will be a busy few weeks.”

Dino Zamparelli

“I didn’t get a great start but I was in the right place at the first corner and managed to get past Tio. I felt quite comfortable keeping pace with Sainz but ran wide at the exit of turn 4, so Tio got a run on me and got past. It’s tough to pass here so I had to follow Tio round for the rest of the race. I had some pressure from Conor Daly at several points but I defended the position well and I’m encouraged with the result. I feel like I’m making good progress now with two points finishes and I’m sure a much better result is not far away.”

Ryan Cullen

“That was the second time in two days that I got involved with some drivers who were a little unpredictable, shall we say. It was disappointing to have been spun around but I’ve learned a lot this weekend and hope to have two clean races in Hungary in two weeks’ time.”

Pete Sliwinski, Team Manager, Marussia Manor Racing GP3

“A good weekend for the Team. The podium finish was good for Tio in the first race and he had a mature race 2 to score some good championship points. Dino has had a good weekend and narrowly missed out on pole for the reverse grid. His speed is good and he recovered well from a disappointing qualifying and improved his pace. He should make a good step in Hungary and start to move forward in the championship. More valuable experience for Ryan this weekend with encouraging signs for his race pace, so we need to focus a little more on qualifying. We now look forward to Hungary, a venue where we hope to get back to winning form.”

soruce: marussiaf1team.com