Jack Aitken led home a British driver 1-2-3 finish in race one at Silverstone, a race red-flagged at the end of lap one following two frightening-looking incidents for Fortec Motorsport drivers.
The first incident was for Jehan Daruvala, who rolled his Force India-backed car after a clash with team-mate Ben Barnicoat at Becketts, ending up on top of the safety barrier.
The second was even more spectacular, when, as the safety car was deployed for Daruvala’s crash, Barnicoat was again involved when his team-mate Ferdinand Habsburg failed to notice drivers slowing down in front of him and struck Barnicoat at high-speed and was launched high into the air, luckily landing the right way up.
Despite getting out of the car unaided, medics put Habsburg into an ambulance as a precaution, with the young Austrian complaining of a sore neck and knee.
When the race resumed, Aitken controlled the race, eventually winning at a canter by 4.627s from fellow front row starter Harrison Scott of AVF, while Jake Hughes made a late race pass on Kevin Jörg to make it three Brits on the podium for Koiranen GP.
Behind Jörg in fourth was ART Junior Team driver Darius Oskoui, who held off the challenge of Manor MP Motorsports’ Dennis Olsen to the flag, while Martin Kodric and Callan O’Keeffe were seventh and eighth for Fortec.
Championship leader Louis Deletraz took advantage of the carnage ahead of him to finish ninth for Josef Kaufmann Racing, while Will Palmer completed the top ten in his wild card race for ART.
Fortec will have a lot of work to do to get their drivers out for race two, with the cars of Barnicoat, Daruvala and Habsburg all looking worse for wear after the race.
Silverstone Race 1 Result
|1||3||Jack Aitken||GBR||Koiranen GP||57m34.353s|
|3||2||Jake Hughes||GBR||Koiranen GP||+6.997s|
|4||15||Kevin Jorg||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+7.234s|
|5||10||Darius Oskoui||SWI||ART Junior Team||+8.242s|
|6||17||Dennis Olsen||NOR||Manor MP Motorsport||+8.681s|
|7||5||Martin Kodric||CRO||Fortec Motorsports||+10.357s|
|8||7||Callan O'Keeffe||RSA||Fortec Motorsports||+11.160s|
|9||14||Louis Deletraz||SWI||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+12.062s|
|10||53||Will Palmer||GBR||ART Junior Team||+14.492s|
|11||36||Thiago Vivacqua||BRZ||JD Motorsport||+15.742s|
|12||9||Ukyo Sasahara||JAP||ART Junior Team||+15.832s|
|13||19||Ignazio D'Agosto||ITA||Manor MP Motorsport||+19.736s|
|14||22||Anthoine Hubert||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+20.209s|
|16||35||Matevos Isaakyan||RUS||JD Motorsport||+22.216s|
|17||1||Anton de Pasquale||AUS||Koiranen GP||+22.749s|
|18||21||Simon Gachet||FRA||Tech 1 Racing||+24.486s|
|19||25||Amaury Richard||FRA||ARTA Engineering||+28.002s|
|20||47||Nikita Mazepin||RUS||Josef Kaufmann Racing||+30.089s|
|21||52||Matteo Ferrer||ITA||Cram Motorsport||+31.859s|
|22||26||James Allen||AUS||ARTA Engineering||+33.469s|
|23||8||Valentin Hasse-Clot||FRA||Fortec Motorsports||+35.742s|
|24||20||Hugo de Sadeleer||SWI||Tech 1 Racing||+35.824s|
|RET||6||Ben Barnicoat||GBR||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|
|RET||45||Ferdinand Habsburg||AUT||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|
|RET||54||Jehan Daruvala||IND||Fortec Motorsports||Retired|