Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman won the first sprint race of the 2014 GP3 Series in damp conditions around the Circuit de Catalunya. He held off the threat from Jenzer Motorsport’s Swiss teenager Matheo Tuscher for his maiden GP3 triumph having made his debut in the season ending event in Abu Dhabi last November.
Overnight rain made the track conditions for the start tricky, as proven when Stoneman spun on the warm-up lap, but every one of the 27 drivers started on dry tyres. Pole man Tuscher led the field away when the red lights went out, but Stoneman took the lead at turn four on the second lap, and held on until the flag despite the introduction of the safety car for the clearing up of Denis Nagulin’s Trident Racing machine after a spin.
Tuscher took his first podium in GP3 with second place, ahead of ART Grand Prix’s Dino Zamparelli, who held off the spirited challenge of Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway for the final podium spot. 2012 German Formula 3 champion Marvin Kirchhofer came out on top of a good battle with the 2012 German F3 champion Jimmy Eriksson of Koiranen GP for fifth, while Brits Nick Yelloly of Status Grand Prix and Emil Bernstorff of Carlin completing the top eight. For Bernstorff it was a good fight through the field having started 24th.
Race 1 winner Alex Lynn made a good start to the race to move up to sixth from eighth on the grid, but a gamble to switch to wet tyres during the safety car period backfired and the Carlin finished a lowly 18th. Alex Fontana also took that gamble in his ART and finished one place further back as the dry tyres were the way to go.
Marussia Manor Racing’s Patrick Kujala, who finished fourth in race one, was an early retirement when he came together with Yelloly at the first corner at the beginning of lap two. Jenzer Motorsport driver Pal Varhaug was the innocent victim of an overoptimistic move from Status Grand Prix’s Alfonso Celis Jr that ended both their races on lap seven.
Barcelona Race 2 Result
|1||Dean Stoneman||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||30m14.777s|
|2||Matheo Tuscher||SWI||Jenzer Motorsport||+0.925s|
|3||Dino Zamparelli||GBR||ART Grand Prix||+1.802s|
|4||Richie Stanaway||NZL||Status Grand Prix||+3.275s|
|5||Marvin Kirchhofer||GER||ART Grand Prix||+3.740s|
|6||Jimmy Eriksson||SWE||Koiranen GP||+6.294s|
|7||Nick Yelloly||GBR||Status Grand Prix||+6.668s|
|9||Patric Niederhauser||SWI||Arden International||+10.665s|
|10||Luis Sa Silva||MAC||Carlin||+15.987s|
|11||Robert Visoiu||ROM||Arden International||+16.714s|
|12||Adderly Fong||CHN||Jenzer Motorsport||+17.941s|
|13||Santiago Urrutia||URU||Koiranen GP||+43.010s|
|14||Jann Mardenborough||GBR||Arden International||+45.167s|
|15||Beitske Visser||NED||Hilmer Motorsport||+46.998s|
|16||Ryan Cullen||GBR||Marussia Manor Racing||+53.140s|
|17||Victor Carbone||BRZ||Trident Racing||+1m06.000s|
|19||Alex Fontana||SWI||ART Grand Prix||+1m34.572s|
|20||Ivan Taranov||RUS||Hilmer Motorsport||+1m43.432s|
|21/RET||Roman de Beer||RSA||Trident Racing||+2 Laps|
|RET||Carmen Jorda||ESP||Koiranen GP||8 Laps|
|RET||Pal Varhaug||NOR||Jenzer Motorsport||6 Laps|
|RET||Alfonso Celis Jr||MEX||Status Grand Prix||6 Laps|
|RET||Denis Nagulin||RUS||Trident Racing||3 Laps|
|RET||Nelson Mason||CAN||Hilmer Motorsport||2 Laps|
|RET||Patrick Kujala||FIN||Marussia Manor Racing||1 Lap|