Browning extends GB3 lead with Snetterton Race 2 win

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Luke Browning withstood race-long pressure from title rival Joel Granfors to win the second GB3 Championship race at Snetterton on Sunday morning.

That pair finished where they started, with Matthew Rees, Tom Lebbon and Callum Voisin lining up third through fifth.

Everyone made it through Riches cleanly, despite Tom Lebbon having a huge lock-up into Turn 2.

Javier Sagrera made a great start and ended the second lap in third place, just behind Browning and Granfors.

Browning had to defend into Turn 2 on Lap 2 as Granfors searched for a way into the lead.

Sagrera ran wide on the exit of Williams later on the same lap, coming under pressure from Rees in fourth.

Browning still set the fastest lap on Lap 2 despite the attentions of Granfors behind, and did the same on Lap 3 to open the gap by just under a tenth a lap.

Granfors began to close the gap and had a go around the outside at Riches on Lap 5. Browning lost the rear on the exit and opened the door for the Swedish driver to try again, but he couldn’t get a clear run at the Hitech GP car ahead.

Meanwhile, Sagrera sat patiently waiting to pick up the pieces, but was still on course to take his first podium since joining Carlin.

The Spaniard had made up three spots after a stellar start, but his team-mate, Race 1 winner Callum Voisin ran wide at Riches and and spun into the inside barrier on Lap 6. Thankfully, he got out of the car quickly and seemed physically OK.

The leading trio had gapped the rest of the field, but Matthew Rees had managed to catch Sagrera to challenge for the final podium place.

Granfors had another go into Riches on Lap 8, but Browning defended aggressively and swept towards the inside before crossing back onto the racing line to close the door.

Their squabbling opened the door for Sagrera and Rees to close in further, though the Spaniard was busy defending from the sole JHR Developments entry himself.

Sagrera still managed to set the fastest lap on Lap 8, while Browning began to re-open the gap back to Granfors such that the Fortec Motorsports driver couldn’t stick his nose up the inside into Riches on Lap 9.

The field was fairly segmented further back, with Marcos Flack and McKenzy Cresswell fighting over P15 in the lower reaches of the midfield.

Branden Oxley and Max Esterson were inseparable for the entire race, the American having tried to get past into Brundle earlier in proceedings.

Browning made a mistake at Nelson on the penultimate lap and swept across to defend from Granfors again, but the Fortec driver couldn’t quite find a way through.

Browning came across the line to win from pole and extend his championship lead, with Granfors and Sagrera completing the podium.

Rees just missed out on a podium, ahead of Tom Lebbon, Alex Connor, Roberto Faria, Nico Christodoulou, Oxley and Esterson.

GB3 Snetterton Race 2 Results:

15Luke BrowningGBRHitech GP12 laps
250Joel GranforsSWEFortec Motorsport+1.235s
331Javier SagreraSPACarlin+1.463s
453Matthew ReesGBRJHR Developments+1.946s
534Tom LebbonGBRElite Motorsport+6.864s
632Alex ConnorGBRArden Motorsport+7.607s
77Roberto FariaBRACarlin+7.884s
822Nico ChristodoulouCANArden Motorsport+8.226s
968Branden OxleyGBRChris Dittmann Racing+10.467s
1042Max EstersonUSADouglas Motorsport+10.790s
1127John BennettGBRElite Motorsport+11.232s
1264Nick GilkesCANHillspeed+13.928s
134Bryce AronUSAHitech GP+15.922s
1467James HedleyGBRElite Motorsport+17.492s
1511Marcos FlackAUSDouglas Motorsport+22.778s
168McKenzy CresswellGBRChris Dittmann Racing+25.087s
1721Zak TaylorGBRFortec Motorsport+27.850s
1816Tommy SmithAUSDouglas Motorsport+28.880s
196Cian ShieldsGBRHitech GP+31.803s
2043Mikkel GrundtvigDENFortec Motorsport+32.815s
2177David MoralesUSAArden Motorsport+33.508s
2235Callum VoisinGBRCarlinDNF (crash)
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