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Status Grand Prix's Richie Stanaway had the perfect Sunday morning outing as the New Zealander took the lead of the second GP3 race of the weekend heading into the first turn and never looked back from there on his way to a scond GP3 Series career win. His team mate Nick Yelloly made it a Status one-two after the Briton pulled off a nice pass on Carlin's Emil Bernstorff for second place.
Under reverse grid rules, it had been ART's Dino Zamparelli who lined up on pole position for the Sunday morning race after finishing the first race in eighth place. He was joined on the front row at a grey and overcast Silverstone by Stanaway, with Hilmer Motorsport's Riccardo Agostini lining up on row two alongside Yelloly. However all eyes were on championship leader Alex Lynn (Carlin) starting from seventh place just ahead of his main title rival Jimmy Eriksson (Koiranen GP) who lined up alongside him in eighth after winning Saturday's race.
A terrible start off the grid for Zamparelli immediately released Stanaway into the lead into turn 1, with Bernstorff smartly up into second place from fifth on the grid ahead of Yelloly and Marvin Kirchhofer (ART). Zamparelli finally managed to arrest his backwards momentum and slotted back into fifth place ahead of Agostini.
There were early exits from the race for Marussia Manor Racing's Patrick Kujala and ART's Alex Fontana when contact sent Kujala off onto the grass and into the barrier on the Hanger Straight on the first lap. Also quickly out of the running was Hilmer's Sebastian Balthasar who pulled into the pit lane to retire, as did Marussia's Ryan Cullen. Victor Carbone was another driver out of contention after he stopped the Trident out in sector one.
None of these early incidents triggered a safety car, and so nothing got in the way of Yelloly finding his way around Bernstorff at Brooklands for second place, making it a Status GP one-two. However no one was running away with the race at this point and by lap 5 the field was still relatively tightly packed with less than ten seconds covering the top eight - which did not include Saturday's race winners and championship leaders Eriksson and Lynn who had fallen back to 11th and 12th place during the opening laps, both well out of the points.
Eriksson's frustrations boiled over on lap 6 when an obstructive Pal Varhaug refused to yield position despite cutting a chicane; Eriksson and Arden's Patric Niederhauser both tried to pass the Jenzer Motorsport but the move resulted in contact between all three, Eriksson and Niederhauser ending up in the gravel while Varhaug limped around a few more corners before finally also coming to a stop.
That improved the outlook for Lynn immensely, as he now found himself up into ninth place with only Arden's Jann Mardenborough separating him from his first Sunday points of the season to date. Lynn quickly took the position, and Mardenborough was then also unable to fend off Jenzer's Matheo Tuscher going through at the next corner, after which he was easy prey for any car that came along as his handling went away.
Lynn now set his sights on Zamparelli, who had dropped a further two positions to Agostini and Marussia Manor's Dean Stoneman since the start and was clearly struggling. Lynn finally had his chance going into turn 1 on the final lap, and he was able to plant the Carlin in just the right place to seal the deal and take what was now sixth place following the penultimate lap retirement of Stoneman with technical issues. With Eriksson out of the race it meant crucial championship points for Lynn, who is now just eight points ahead of his rival in the drivers' standings. Even more than the points, though, the result meant that Lynne had also finally had got rid of the monkey on his back about not scoring in Sunday races.
But at the front, there was no threat to the formation flying of the two Status GP cars, with Stanaway giving himself a two second lead to ensure that his team mate Yelloly didn't get any fresh ideas in the final laps. Bernstorff was left five seconds further back down the road as he cruised to the final podium place comfortably ahead of Kirchhofer and Agostini, with Lynn finishing in sixth ahead of Zamparelli and Tuscher.
The next GP3 event is in two weeks time at the Hockenheimring in Germany.
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