Stoneman Masters Damp Catalunya for Maiden GP3 Triumph


Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman won the first sprint race of the 2014 GP3 Series in damp conditions around the Circuit de Catalunya. He held off the threat from Jenzer Motorsport’s Swiss teenager Matheo Tuscher for his maiden GP3 triumph having made his debut in the season ending event in Abu Dhabi last November.

Overnight rain made the track conditions for the start tricky, as proven when Stoneman spun on the warm-up lap, but every one of the 27 drivers started on dry tyres. Pole man Tuscher led the field away when the red lights went out, but Stoneman took the lead at turn four on the second lap, and held on until the flag despite the introduction of the safety car for the clearing up of Denis Nagulin’s Trident Racing machine after a spin.

Tuscher took his first podium in GP3 with second place, ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Dino Zamparelli, who held off the spirited challenge of Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway for the final podium spot. 2012 German Formula 3 champion Marvin Kirchhofer came out on top of a good battle with the 2012 German F3 champion Jimmy Eriksson of Koiranen GP for fifth, while Brits Nick Yelloly of Status Grand Prix and Emil Bernstorff of Carlin completing the top eight. For Bernstorff it was a good fight through the field having started 24th.

Race 1 winner Alex Lynn made a good start to the race to move up to sixth from eighth on the grid, but a gamble to switch to wet tyres during the safety car period backfired and the Carlin finished a lowly 18th. Alex Fontana also took that gamble in his ART and finished one place further back as the dry tyres were the way to go.

Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala, who finished fourth in race one, was an early retirement when he came together with Yelloly at the first corner at the beginning of lap two.   Jenzer Motorsport driver Pal Varhaug was the innocent victim of an overoptimistic move from Status Grand Prix’s Alfonso Celis Jr that ended both their races on lap seven.

Barcelona Race 2 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing 30m14.777s
2 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport +0.925s
3 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix +1.802s
4 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix +3.275s
5 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix +3.740s
6 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP +6.294s
7 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix +6.668s
8 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin +7.303s
9 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International +10.665s
10 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin +15.987s
11 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International +16.714s
12 Adderly Fong CHN Jenzer Motorsport +17.941s
13 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP +43.010s
14 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International +45.167s
15 Beitske Visser NED Hilmer Motorsport +46.998s
16 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing +53.140s
17 Victor Carbone BRZ Trident Racing +1m06.000s
18 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin +1m26.118s
19 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix +1m34.572s
20 Ivan Taranov RUS Hilmer Motorsport +1m43.432s
21/RET Roman de Beer RSA Trident Racing +2 Laps
RET Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP 8 Laps
RET Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 6 Laps
RET Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 6 Laps
RET Denis Nagulin RUS Trident Racing 3 Laps
RET Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 2 Laps
RET Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing 1 Lap