Eriksson loses podium after Post-race Hockenheim Penalty


Jimmy Eriksson has lost his third place finish in the second GP3 Series race at Hockenheim after being handed a twenty-second penalty for failing to slow for yellow flags.

He had briefly gone off at the hairpin early in the race as the yellow flags flew to clear up the stranded Jenzer Motorsport machine of Pal Varhaug, and was deemed not to have slowed sufficiently, with the penalty relegating the Swedish Koiranen GP driver to fifteenth.

Alex Lynn, the man Eriksson is chasing in the championship therefore inherits the podium finish, and means the top five places in Hockenheim were taken by Brits, after Jann Mardenborough won from Dino Zamparelli, with Lynn third ahead of Dean Stoneman and Nick Yelloly. Lynn also increases his championship lead to thirty points.

Two other drivers were handed post-race penalties. Varhaug himself was handed a five-place grid drop penalty for next weekends first race in Hungary for causing a collision with the Hilmer Motorsport machine of Sebastian Balthasar that caused the yellow flags that Eriksson got punished for.

The other penalty handed out was to race one winner Marvin Kirchhofer of ART Grand Prix, who was deemed to have caused a collision with the Carlin of Emil Bernstorff that saw both drivers end their races in the pits. The German will also lose five places on the grid for next weekend’s opener at the Hungaroring.