CLICK: Full Sunday race 2 results plus GP2 championship positions
After Alex Lynn's dominant victory in race 1 on Saturday afternoon and with team mate Luis Sa Silva starting race from pole position for Sunday morning's second race at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria, hopes were high that the squad could complete a clean sweep of GP3 victories this weekend.
Sa Silva certainly got off to a strong start to lead into turn 1, but he was immediately under intense pressure from Status GP's Nick Yelloly. While Sa Silva was just able to maintain his lead through the first lap, things grew more complicated next time around when Matheo Tuscher joined the fray and tried to pass around the outside.
Sa Silva attempted to shut the door but in the process, but in doing so forced the Jenzer Motorsport car onto the grass where it was bounced around and into the rear right of Sa Silva's car. The contact briefly launched Tuscher into the air before spitting him out into the gravel trap, and Sa Silva was also sent off-roading.
With Yelloly having to avoid becoming involved in the accident himself, it left the lead of the race wide open for Bernstorff, Richie Stanaway (Status GP) and Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) to take control, Yelloly having to settle for rejoining in fourth place.
That was the running order for much of the remainder of the race, but rear tyre wear on both Status GP cars left them open to late attacks, Stanaway losing second to a lovely dummy from Eriksson and Yelloly succumbing to a move from Roman de Beer (Trident) for fourth place - an excellent race from the South African who had started from 12th place on the grid.
Arden's Patric Niederhauser didn't have enough time to make his own move on Yelloly and had to settle for sixth place ahead of Patrick Kujala (Marussia Manor Racing) and Dino Zamparelli (ART). Pal Varhaug was ninth for Jenzer just ahead of Marussia's Dean Stoneman and Hilmer's Riccardo Agostini who both had strong races given that they were starting from the back of the grid after their Saturday retirements.
Race 1 winner Lynn had another pointless Sunday outing after being forced to pit following jostling through the first corner of the race. Hilmer's Nikolay Martsenko and ART's Marvin Kirchhöfer both failed to start the race after stalling on the grid, while Jann Mardenborough spun out of sixth place while exiting turn 5, the Arden running into the gravel and making contact with the barrier on lap 7.
Despite his disappointing race, Lynn continues to lead the driver championship lead by 13 points over Eriksson, while Carlin's lead in the team standings is now up to 41 points over Status GP.
Full Sunday race 2 results plus GP3 championship positions