CLICK: Full results from race 1 at Silverstone
Koiranen GP's Jimmy Eriksson had been on the podium three times in the four races so far this season, but on Saturday afternoon at Silverstone he went one better and finally claimed the top spot, clinching his first GP3 Series career victory after holding off championship leader Alex Lynn to the line.
Eriksson had earlier won pole position for race 1, putting an end to Lynn's run of success in qualifying so far in 2014. When the drivers came to line up for the start of the race it was a huge contrast to the morning's sodden qualifying session, the race getting underway in dry conditions with Eriksson leading the field away from the grid.
Despite a slow launch from the grid, Alex Lynn managed to hold on to second place. The big loser in the opening lap proved to be Arden's Jann Mardenborough who was squeezed into the pit wall at the start by a defensive Lynne and pushed wide off the track several times as he battled over the course of the first lap, during which he seemed to be stuck with the worst line into virtually every corner.
Eriksson soon built up a comfortable lead at the front over Lynn, while ART's Marvin Kirchhofer settled into third place albeit unable to keep pace with the lead pair. Lynn's team mate Emil Bernstorff took fourth ahead of Status GP's Nick Yelloly, with Riccardo Agostini (Hilmer), Richie Stanaway (Status) and Dino Zamparelli (ART) rounded out the top eight with Mardenborough finally levelling off in ninth after his first lap freefall. Behind him, Dean Stoneman pulled off a lovely steal to take tenth place from Pal Varhaug (Jenzer Motorsport).
Although second place was a perfectly good result in terms of his championship campaign, it was still clearly not enough for Lynn. Once the halfway point of the 15-lap race was passed, Lynn put his foot down and closed up on the back of Eriksson to see if there was any way past the Swede. However Eriksson had everything under control and was able to fend off the Carlin to the chequered flag, leaving Lynn having to settle for taking the points for fastest lap instead. With only four points separating Eriksson and Lynn in the championship at this point, such small victories could yet prove crucial in the title hunt.
The running order of the rest of the top ten was unchanged at the line, meaning that Zamparelli will now start the Sunday morning race 2 from pole position under reverse grid rules. The race will start at 8.10am BST and will be shown live in the UK on the Sky Sports F1
Santiago Urrutia was the only official retirement of Saturday's race when he beached the #9 Koiranen GP car in the gravel run-off at Club after contact from the loose Carlin of Luis Sa Silva on the opening lap. In addition, Trident's Mitch Gilbert was unable to take the start after his big crash earlier in the day during qualifying.
See full results from race 1 at Silverstone