Stoneman takes fourth GP3 win of 2014

by Paul Hensby

Despite seeing his chance of taking the 2014 GP3 Series championship disappear on Friday when he failed to take pole position, Dean Stoneman continued his good form by taking his fourth victory of the season in race one at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The Briton took the lead away from pole sitter Marvin Kirchhofer at the start, and was never headed from there on, with the Koiranen GP driver defeating the ART Grand Prix driver by eight tenths of a second at the end of the fourteen-lap race.

The result means that the battle for second place in the Championship will go down to Sunday’s final race, with Stoneman only two points clear of Kirchhofer.

Dino Zamparelli took his sixth podium finish of the season by finishing third in the second of the ART Grand Prix machines, holding off his fellow Brit Emil Bernstorff of Carlin, while Bernstorff’s team-mate and the newly crowned series champion Alex Lynn was fifth.

The third ART Grand Prix machine of Alex Fontana was sixth, ahead of Patric Niederhauser of Arden International, while Nick Yelloly took eighth and pole position for race two on Sunday for Status Grand Prix, and will be looking to convert that grid slot into his first GP3 win in what will be his fiftieth race in the series.

The final two points positions on Saturday were taken by Kevin Ceccon of Jenzer Motorsport and Jimmy Eriksson of Koiranen GP, who got the better of team-mate Santiago Urrutia with just a few laps remaining.

The race was neutralised early on by a safety car period after Trident Racing’s Patrick Kujala hit the back of Jenzer Motorsports Matheo Tuscher, and then spun into the Carlin of Luis Sa Silva. Kujala and Sa Silva were out on the spot, while Tuscher retired in the pits.

Abu Dhabi Race 1 Result

1 Dean Stoneman GBR Koiranen GP 29m10.173s
2 Marvin Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix +0.800s
3 Dino Zamparelli GBR ART Grand Prix +5.423s
4 Emil Bernstorff GBR Carlin +6.808s
5 Alex Lynn GBR Carlin +9.441s
6 Alex Fontana SWI ART Grand Prix +10.464s
7 Patric Niederhauser SWI Arden International +12.174s
8 Nick Yelloly GBR Status Grand Prix +13.296s
9 Kevin Ceccon ITA Jenzer Motorsport +15.414s
10 Jimmy Eriksson SWE Koiranen GP +16.173s
11 Santiago Urrutia URU Koiranen GP +22.559s
12 Richie Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix +23.097s
13 Jann Mardenborough GBR Arden International +23.677s
14 Pal Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport +24.419s
15 Robert Visoiu ROM Arden International +25.203s
16 Alfonso Celis Jr MEX Status Grand Prix +27.534s
17 Nelson Mason CAN Hilmer Motorsport +31.020s
18 Riccardo Agostini ITA Hilmer Motorsport +33.738s
19 Ryan Cullen GBR Trident Racing +34.463s
20 Ling Kang CHN Trident Racing +39.273s
RET Matheo Tuscher SWI Jenzer Motorsport 2 Laps
RET Patrick Kujala FIN Trident Racing 0 Laps
RET Luis Sa Silva MAC Carlin 0 Laps


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