Stoneman holds off Lynn to take Race 2 Victory in Monza


Dean Stoneman took his third GP3 Series victory of the season in great fashion at Monza after a great start took him into the lead, and the Marussia Manor Racing driver held off the advances of championship leader Alex Lynn throughout the race to take the spoils.

Lynn’s second place increases his championship lead to fifty points after his closest rival Richie Stanaway was forced to retire while running in the top six with three laps to go with an apparent mechanical failure.

In an exciting opening to the race, pole sitter Matheo Tuscher and fellow front row starter Patrick Kujala made mediocre starts, with Stoneman, Lynn and Emil Bernstorff sliding into the top three at the first corner ahead of Tuscher, while Marvin Kirchhofer took fifth from Kujala.

Lynn took the battle to Stoneman and was never far away from his fellow Briton’s rear wing, and whilst an overtaking attempt saw Bernstorff briefly take second place away from his Carlin team-mate, Lynn was never more than a second away from Stoneman up front.

ART Grand Prix driver Kirchhofer took advantage of a mistake by Bernstorff to take the final podium position in third, while Nick Yelloly claimed fifth for Status Grand Prix. Team-mate Stanaway was on course for sixth but for his late retirement, with Kevin Ceccon inheriting that position and securing his first points of the season for Jenzer Motorsport since returning to GP3.

Luis Sa Silva had one of his strongest races of the season to finish seventh in the third Carlin machine, while race one winner Jimmy Eriksson claimed the final point on the final for Koiranen GP in a great battle with Sa Silva, Dino Zamparelli and Alex Fontana, with all four drivers being in the points at some point on the final lap.

Front row starters Tuscher and Kujala both retired after a collision between the two at the second chicane saw the Finn retire on the spot, while Tuscher was forced into the pits with the risk of a penalty hanging over him.

Monza Race 2 Result

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME/Laps
1 Dean Stoneman GBR Marussia Manor Racing 28m27.813s
2 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin +0.908s
3 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix +3.399s
4 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin +4.321s
5 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix +7.472s
6 Kevin Ceccon ITA Jenzer Motorsport +9.774s
7 Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin +18.900s
8 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP +19.759s
9 Dino Zamparelli ITA ART Grand Prix +21.007s
10 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix +21.513s
11 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport +21.582s
12 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport +21.893s
13 Luca Ghiotto ITA Trident Racing +22.337s
14 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International +23.169s
15 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP +24.124s
16 Ryan Cullen GBR Marussia Manor Racing +24.853s
17 John Bryant-Meisner SWE Trident Racing +27.332s
18 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport +27.786s
19 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International +31.820s
20 Mitch Gilbert AUS Trident Racing +49.962s
21 Carmen Jorda ESP Koiranen GP +55.598s
RET Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 14 Laps
RET Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International 14 Laps
RET Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix 7 Laps
RET Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 5 Laps
RET Patrick Kujala FIN Marussia Manor Racing 4 Laps
DNS Sebastian Balthasar GER Hilmer Motorsport 0 Laps