GP3 – Williamson Wins Home Race

July 10, 2011

GP 3

MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson won his first GP3 Series race today in front of his home crowd at Silverstone Circuit. The Scot finished ahead of Addax team’s Dean Smith and Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims to lead an all British podium, and was the eighth different winner this season.
 
The dry conditions for race two this morning were a far cry from yesterday’s pre-race downpour. Poleman Smith held onto his lead when the light went off, whilst Williamson made a bad start off the line dropping to fifth allowing James Calado up into second and Nick Yelloly into third. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs’ weekend went from bad to worse when a mechanical problem prevented him from pulling away from fifth on the formation lap and starting from the pitlane.
 
Williamson recovered from his slow getaway brilliantly, and after a three-way battle and a couple of good overtaking maneuvers to pass Calado and Smith, the Scotsman was back into the lead by the end of lap one. Yelloly and Alexander Sims were running in fourth and fifth respectively, but it was Rio Haryanto who was on a mission – the Marussia Manor Racing driver started the race from tenth, and by the end of lap two had passed yesterday’s race winner Nico Müller to take sixth spot.
 
A fight then ensued between Sims, Haryanto and Muller, with the Brit and the Indonesian both finding a way passed Muller on lap 6. Sims then set his sights on Calado and the final podium position, whilst still defending hard from a charging Haryanto. Williamson meanwhile was 3.5 seconds ahead of the pack.
 
As the race came to a close, Calado was doing everything in his power to hold back Sims, but the Status driver was unstoppable finding a way past the Lotus ART driver with two laps remaining. Calado then went wide loosing another spot to Hayanto. Williamson drove a faultless race to claim his first victory ahead of Smith and Sims. Haryanto, Calado and Yelloly took the remaining available. Third place man in the standings Nigel Melker had a great race moving up from twenty-seventh to eighth, but leaves Silverstone point-less. Series leader Mitch Evans’ weekend went from bad to worse after a first lap retirement meant the Kiwi also leaves Silverstone with no points.
 
Sims has now moved into the lead of the Series by three points. MW Arden continues to lead the teams’ standing with forty-five points after becoming the first team this season to win more than one race.
 
Race 2 result:
 
   
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
LAPS
TIME
GAP
1
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
14
26:51.435
 
2
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
14
26:56.525
5.090
3
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
14
26:58.637
7.202
4
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
14
26:59.613
8.178
5
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
14
27:02.673
11.238
6
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
14
27:03.054
11.619
7
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
14
27:03.515
12.080
8
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
14
27:04.486
13.051
9
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
14
27:06.095
14.660
10
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
14
27:12.382
20.947
11
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
14
27:14.009
22.574
12
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
14
27:15.422
23.987
13
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
14
27:16.773
25.338
14
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
14
27:22.299
30.864
15
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
14
27:24.400
32.965
16
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
14
27:26.784
35.349
17
1
P.NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
14
27:28.448
37.013
18
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
14
27:30.014
38.579
19
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
14
27:31.077
39.642
20
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
14
27:32.892
41.457
21
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
14
27:33.194
41.759
22
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
14
27:33.473
42.038
23
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
14
27:37.001
45.566
24
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
14
27:41.428
49.993
25
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
13
25:36.662
DNF
         
NC
   
 
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
8
16:20.545
DNF
 
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
3
6:21.000
DNF
 
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
0
 
DNF
         
FASTEST LAP
 
 
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
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