Red Bull backed Alex Lynn converted his pole position into a win as the GP3 Series season got underway at the Circuit de Catalunya. The Carlin driver was untroubled throughout and beat Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson by 2.451s to take maximum points from the feature race.
For Swede Eriksson it was his maiden points finish, as the 2012 German Formula 3 champion endured a difficult season in 2013 with Status Grand Prix. He also became the first Swedish driver to stand on a GP3 Series podium.
New Zealander Richie Stanaway made a good return to single seater racing by taking the third podium place for Status, finishing ahead of Patrick Kujala in his Marussia Manor Racing car, the Finnish driver holding off Marvin Kirchhofer in the leading ART Grand Prix machine throughout the race as the German was forced to cut the first turn while challenging for the lead that resulted in him dropping down behind Kujala.
Dino Zamparelli was sixth in the second ART machine, ahead of fellow Brit Dean Stoneman in the second Marussia Manor Racing car. Eighth and sprint race pole went to Swiss debutant Matheo Tuscher for Jenzer Motorsport, who held off Status Grand Prix’s Nick Yelloly as they raced to the flag. Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser took the final point for Arden International in tenth.
Emil Bernstorff was a notable retirement, when the Carlin driver spun into the gravel trap on a hectic opening lap that also saw the two Trident Racing drivers Victor Carbone and Roman de Beer collide to eliminate them both.
Barcelona Race 1 Result
|2||Jimmy Eriksson||SWE||Koiranen GP||+2.451s|
|3||Richie Stanaway||NZL||Status Grand Prix||+10.417s|
|4||Patrick Kujala||FIN||Marussia Manor Racing||+12.712s|
|5||Marvin Kirchhofer||GER||ART Grand Prix||+13.475s|
|6||Dino Zamparelli||GBR||ART Grand Prix||+16.535s|
|7||Dean Stoneman||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||+17.393s|
|8||Matheo Tuscher||SWI||Jenzer Motorsport||+19.358s|
|9||Nick Yelloly||GBR||Status Grand Prix||+19.983s|
|10||Patric Niederhauser||SWI||Arden International||+20.513s|
|11||Alex Fontana||SWI||ART Grand Prix||+21.088s|
|12||Pal Varhaug||NOR||Jenzer Motorsport||+27.560s|
|13||Robert Visoiu||ROM||Arden International||+28.799s|
|14||Jann Mardenborough||GBR||Arden International||+29.342s|
|15||Ryan Cullen||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||+32.313s|
|16||Luis Sa Silva||MAC||Carlin||+33.359s|
|17||Nelson Mason||CAN||Hilmer Motorsport||+35.854s|
|18||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||Status Grand Prix||+41.705s|
|19||Beitske Visser||NED||Hilmer Motorsport||+50.120s|
|20||Santiago Urrutia||URU||Koiranen GP||+52.602s|
|21||Denis Nagulin||RUS||Trident Racing||+53.776s|
|RET||Ivan Taranov||RUS||Hilmer Motorsport||15 Laps|
|RET||Adderly Fong||CHN||Jenzer Motorsport||4 Laps|
|RET||Emil Bernstorff||GBR||Carlin||0 Laps|
|RET||Victor Carbone||BRZ||Trident Racing||0 Laps|
|RET||Roman de Beer||RSA||Trident Racing||0 Laps|
|RET||Carmen Jorda||ESP||Koiranen GP||0 Laps|