Ceccon takes his maiden GP3 victory at Silverstone


Arden driver Kevin Ceccon claimed his maiden series victory in race two of the GP3 Series at Silverstone.

The Italian, who has previously competed in GP2, made a lightning start from second on the grid to lead into the first corner, followed closely by ART Grand Prix driver Esteban Ocon.

Ceccon was under some early pressure from European Formula 3 champion Ocon but was able to build a gap and maintain it with a series of fastest laps to comfortably take victory by 1.5s.

Jenzer Motorsport driver Ralph Boschung, who started from pole, crossed the line third to pick up his maiden GP3 podium.

The Swiss driver lost out at the start to the fast starting Ceccon and Ocon but was able to halt his slide down the order with a controlled drive throughout the race.

Boschung however said he could have finished higher had he not had such a poor start.

“I started from pole so we basically should have won the race,” said Boschung.

“But I messed up a bit at the start that’s where I lost two positions.

“With my pace if had been P1 I could have built a gap.”

Koiranen GP team-mates Jimmy Eriksson and Matt Parry were locked in a tense battle for fourth in the closing stages.

The pair ran side by side on the final lap before Parry almost lost control coming out of Becketts, which allowed Eriksson to finish fourth with ease.

Emil Bernstorff couldn’t replicate his race one form. The Brit had been challenging Eriksson on the outside of Stowe early on but ran wide, dropping him down to sixth place where he stayed.

Trident driver Luca Ghiotto, who leaves Silverstone with his championship lead still intact, made a poor start from fifth on the grid, losing several places in the process. The Italian however was able to recover to finish seventh.

Race one winner Marvin Kirchhofer was eighth ahead of Matheo Tuscher and Oscar Tunjo who rounded out the top 10.

Campos Racing driver Alex Palou, who started last after retirement in race one, enjoyed a spirited drive to move up through the field and cross the line in a respectable thirteenth place.