Jack Harvey has won the first GP3 Race at Silverstone to put the icing on the cake of an all British Saturday as he brought his ART Grand Prix car over the line ahead of pole sitter Kevin Korjus and team mate Facu Regalia.
Korjus, sitting on pole for the first time in GP3, did not stay in the lead for long, first Harvey pulled ahead off the front row but more incredibly Conor Daly, in ninth, seemingly showed his lightning reactions off the line but was late penalised for jump starting.
For the first few laps of the 15 lap race the order at the top remained static with the only action of note being MW Arden driver Carlos Sainz Jr. defending strongly from Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson.
However, on lap 11 saw possibly the biggest crash of the weekend, Patrick Kujala misjudged the speed of David Fumanelli in the Trident car at Maggots and ended up hitting the back of Fumanelli catapulting the Koiranen GP over the top of the Italian’s car before barrel rolling and landing upside down on a tyre barrier.
The resulting accident led to a safety car being called out for a number of laps as the debris and broken cars were cleared from the track. This meant that many drivers that would have been running on bare rims at the end of the race had the ability to regroup and last out in the final five laps of the race.
When the safety car did come back in Jack Harvey judged the restart superbly and pulled out a sizeable gap over Conor Daly who quickly pitted for to serve his ten second stop and go penalty for jump starting.
In the final few laps, the battle between Sainz and Williamson reached a crescendo as Williamson went for an overtake down the Wellington Straight but was quickly edged over by the MW Arden racer to such an extent that Williamson ran on to the grass, span multiple times and had to retire. The Spaniard was eventually handed a 10 place grid penalty for race two tomorrow.
In the points Tio Ellinas, who finished fifth, is still leading, with Kevin Korjus second six points back on 59 with the American Conor Daly on 51 points.
The second race of the British Grand Prix weekend takes place tomorrow at 08:20