Harvey Takes GP3 Win After Start Line Disaster

by Joe Hudson

British ace Jack Harvey has won the second GP3 encounter at Monza in a race packed with action from the very beginning following start line chaos.

The crash involved GP3 pole sitter Patric Niederhauser who stalled on the start line and was collected by his Jenzer Motorsport team mate Alex Fontana which saw Fontana’s front wheel go flying high into the catch fencing covering the pit lane and carbon fibre cover the track – thankfully both drivers were fine.

Just 200 meters later down the track Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen braked far too late going into the first chicane and ended up going over the top of Trident’s Giovanni Venturini, sending both into retirement and deploying the safety car to clean up after Cullen’s rookie error.

Once the safety car came back in Harvey made a clean get away but the man on the move was Alexander Sims – the Carlin driver got past Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus with Facu Regalia also looking to make a move on the Estonian.

However, Sims was soon at the rough end of it all being passed by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat on the outside of turn four, this was after Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson also got the better of Sims. The latter two drivers would end up finishing second and third respectively with Facu Regalia gaining fourth and demoting the Brit to fifth.

Following a tough battle with Kvyat, Harvey crossed the line only 0.9 seconds ahead following laps of battling tyre wear and a hard charging Russian filling up his mirrors.

In the GP3 points standings Regalia has 114 points, Kvyat has 107 and Conor Daly – who finished eighth after starting 23rd – has 104 points.

The next GP3 round is at Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi which will host the final rounds of the 2013 season.


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