Eriksson Dominates in Monza as Championship Rivals Struggle


Jimmy Eriksson maintained his slim chance of making a claim for the 2014 GP3 Series championship by taking his second win of the season, as both Alex Lynn and Richie Stanaway had struggles at Monza.

The Koiranen GP driver converted his pole position into victory and controlled the race superbly, and despite a late challenge from Dino Zamparelli of ART Grand Prix, took the win.

Marvin Kirchhofer completed the podium in the second ART Grand Prix machine, but was over six seconds adrift of the leading two who were at times in a race of their own up front. He had been in a great battle with the Arden International machine of Robert Visoiu, but once the Romanian was handed a drive-through penalty for overtaking under a yellow flag, it was plain sailing for the German to finish third.

Emil Bernstorff just missed out on a podium finish by taking fourth for Carlin ahead of Dean Stoneman of Marussia Manor Racing, but current championship leader Alex Lynn could only finish sixth for Carlin after having to take avoiding action at the first chicane on the opening lap and dropping down the order. Lynn managed to get by one Marussia Manor Racing entry of Patrick Kujala but could not find a way past Stoneman.

Matheo Tuscher will start Sunday’s second race from pole position after claiming eighth on the road on Saturday for Jenzer Motorsport, ahead of Status Grand Prix duo Richie Stanaway and Nick Yelloly, who both paid the price for disappointing opening laps. Stanaway, currently second in the championship, managed to survive a clash with the Jenzer Motorsport machine of Pal Varhaug but could not find a way through into eighth.

Monza Race 1 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP 28m35.462s
2 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix +0.674s
3 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix +6.329s
4 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin +7.380s
5 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing +8.287s
6 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin +9.107s
7 Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing +10.776s
8 Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport +11.805s
9 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix +12.647s
10 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix +13.438s
11 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International +13.556s
12 Kevin Ceccon ITA Jenzer Motorsport +16.625s
13 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International +17.404s
14 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin +18.024s
15 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport +18.180s
16 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix +21.308s
17 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Trident Racing +31.499s
18 Mitch Gilbert AUS Trident Racing +37.864s
19 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International +40.537s
20 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP +1m15.351s
21 Luca Ghiotto ITA Trident Racing +1 Lap
RET Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix 12 Laps
RET Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing 7 Laps
RET Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP 3 Laps
RET Sebastian Balthasar GER Hilmer Motorsport 2 Laps
RET Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 0 Laps
DNS Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport 0 Laps