In a double first both Giovanni Venturini and Trident took their maiden victories in the second GP3 race at Silverstone in a domineering showing.
Starting from the reverse grid pole Venturini rarely looked troubled but Nick Yelloly in the Carlin made sure the Italian didn’t have it all his own way. Yelloly even snuck into the lead for a few seconds but running wide onto the kerbs meant he didn’t stay their for long.
Behind them was what could be described as cars “dropping like flies” four drivers were involved in a first lap incident which was probably best put down to racing contact. Dino Zamparelli, Emanuele Zonzini, Adderly Fong and Conor Daly all retired after the incident – putting to bed the unlucky weekend Daly experience in the ART Grand Prix car, he was penalised for jump starting in race one.
Late on in the race another four drivers, who had saved their tyres throughout the race, were involved in a healthy tussle for fourth place. Daniil Kvyat in the MW Arden car was chased by both Facu Regalia and Jack Harvey, in the end the MW Arden man finished fourth with Regalia in the ART GP car and the first race winner Harvey finishing fifth and sixth behind him.
On the last lap saw Nick Yelloly push for glory in front of the home crowd but Venturini wasn’t to be denied and held a strong defence crossing the line in the lead. However, to take the sting out of losing a win, a second place is Yelloly’s best result in GP3 – the same was true for third place man Alex Fontana in the Jenzer Motorsport machine.
Points wise, Tio Ellinas – finishing sixth – still leads the championship with 69 points, ten ahead of Kevin Korjus who just missed out on a points scoring position. With Conor Daly in third on 51 points – his team ART are still leading the team’s championship.
The next GP3 race is at the Nurburgring this weekend – July 6/7