GP3 – Richie Stanaway Wins On GP3 Debut

August 28, 2011

GP 3

Pole sitter Richie Stanaway drove a brilliant race today to win on his GP3 Series debut weekend. The New Zealander finished 4.007 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lead the second Lotus ART 1-2 of the weekend. The result ensured that Lotus ART sealed the teams’ title for the second season in a row with one round remaining.

When the lights went out Stanaway briefly lost the lead to Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller, but the young driver kept a cool head and fought back to regain his place at the front and from then on the race was sewn up. Stanaway built up a commanding lead, which was as much as 6.1 seconds midway through the race, to take the victory. Series contender Alexander Sims had another disappointing morning when a first lap clash ended his race prematurely.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs made his way up into third by the end of lap 1 and soon passed Müller for second spot, but the podium position was short lived when the Brits’ bad luck returned and an engine problem ended his race. Further back the Lotus ART duo of Calado and Valtteri Bottas were on the move with both drivers up into the points. Calado went on to haul himself up into the top three, but Series leader Bottas was unable to make in six podiums in a row after a clash with Melker saw the Dutchman retire and the Finn drop down the order and out the points for the first time since Germany.
With the chequered flag in sight Calado was fast catching Stanaway but the Brit ran out of laps and had to settle for second and after a battle with the Lotus ART driver Müller took the final podium spot. Birthday boy Michael Christensen held on to fourth despite pressure from Simon Trummer in the closing laps, and Alex Fontana claimed the final point on his GP3 debut weekend.
Bottas leaves Belgium with a slashed lead of just five points in the Series ahead of his teammate James Calado. Lotus ART lead the teams’ standings by 45 points, but the battle for second spot is still raging. MW Arden and RSC Mucke Motorsport both have 31 points in second and third respectively.
With five drivers still in the hunt to become the 2011 GP3 Series champion. Don’t miss the final round in Monza on September 09-10-11.
Race 2 results:
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
LAPS
TIME
GAP
1
1
R. STANAWAY
NZL
Lotus ART
12
26:47.675
2
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
12
26:51.682
4.007
3
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
12
26:54.801
7.126
4
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
12
27:04.116
16.441
5
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
12
27:04.756
17.081
6
9
A. FONTANA
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
12
27:06.688
19.013
7
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
12
27:15.731
28.056
8
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
12
27:17.023
29.348
9
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
12
27:20.157
32.482
10
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
12
27:20.209
32.534
11
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
12
27:20.864
33.189
12
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
12
27:23.946
36.271
13
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
12
27:30.180
42.505
14
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
12
27:32.109
44.434
15
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
12
27:32.556
44.881
16
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
12
27:33.382
45.707
17
29
D. MANCINELLI
ITA
RSC Mucke Motorsport
12
27:33.835
46.160
18
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
12
27:34.154
46.479
19
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
12
27:35.910
48.235
20
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
12
27:37.932
50.257
21
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
12
28:55.440
127.77
NC
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
7
16:13.567
DNF
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
7
16:19.970
DNF
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
2
4:40.905
DNF
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
1
2:42.502
DNF
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
1
2:51.214
DNF
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
1
3:03.769
DNF
15
C. MACLEOD
GBR
Carlin
1
4:27.183
DNF
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
0
DNF
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
0
DNS
FL
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
02:12.5
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