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Stockinger Wins Second GP3 Race In Monaco Shortened By Huge Crash

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Marlon Stockinger - Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP3 Media Service

Marlon Stockinger - Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP3 Media Service

Marlon Stockinger scored his first GP3 Series win from pole position in a Race 2 in Monaco that was red-flagged early following a scary crash for Conor Daly.

American driver Daly had been trying to get by Russian driver Dmitry Suranovich for 11th place for many laps, and contact between the two at the hairpin on one lap caused Suranovich to lose his front wing. Despite dropping well back from the cars ahead, Suranovich still managed to remain in front however, with Daly struggling to get by around the tight circuit and a long queue building up behind.

Coming out of the tunnel Daly tried to pull alongside but Suranovich moved into the middle of the track to block him, causing Daly to run up the back of Suranovich's car and fly into the air, hitting the catch fencing to the left before coming to a rest in the runoff area at the chicane. Daly was able to quickly get out of the car.

The safety car was scrambled but the damage to the fence meant that the race was stopped with the results declared after 14 laps.

It was the second time that the safety car had been scrambled, after another slightly worrying accident this time at turn one on the opening lap. British drivers Alice Powell, Alex Brundle and Will Buller all tried to go through Ste Devote at the same time, with contact between Brundle in the middle and Buller on the outside pitching the latter onto his side and into the tyre barrier.

Marshals carefully lowered the Northern Irishman's car back down onto its wheels and Buller was able to get out unaided. Brundle had come to a stop further around the lap, while Powell had to make a visit to the pits and dropped to the back.

The safety car came in after a lap, after which Antonio Felix Da Costa began pressuring poleman Stockinger but the Filipino driver held on to the lead until the second safety car.

Daniel Abt completed the podium in third place, ahead of Mitch Evans, David Fumanelli and Kevin Ceccon, with the top six all finishing in the positions they started the race.

Race 1 winner Aaro Vainio and Tio Ellinas claimed the final two points places after both passing Tamas Pal Kiss on the opening lap. Robert Visoiu completed the top ten behind Kiss.

Vainio leads the standings on 54 points, with Evans on 43 and Stockinger on 39. Round three of the season takes place at Valencia in four weeks' time.

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