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Status GP Barcelona GP3 Race 2 Report
Posted by: newsla on May 11, 2014 - 05:05 PM
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Status GP Barcelona GP3 Race 2 Report

Stanaway moved up to second place in the GP3 Series after finishing fourth in the second race of the opening round of the 2014 GP3 Series.


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The New Zealander, who was third in the opening race, fought hard in the Spanish Grand Prix curtain raiser, which took place on a track slippery after morning rain but with the field on slick Pirelli P Zero tyres.

Stanaway emerged from an exciting fight for sixth with Status GP team-mate Nick Yelloly – up from ninth on the grid – over the opening lap. Stanaway then passed Patrick Kujala for fifth, and Yelloly was also ahead of the Finn as they crossed the start-finish line, but Kujala tried to hang on around the outside of Turn 1, contact delaying the English Status GP driver and costing him positions.

Stanaway then passed Jimmy Eriksson for fourth position and reeled in the leading trio after a safety car period. He was just 3.2 seconds behind race winner Dean Stoneman after a thrilling race.

Yelloly, who mounted a strong recovery in both races after getting badly hampered by traffic in qualifying, was delayed once more when a car spun in front of him at the restart, but he won battles with Patric Niederhauser and Emil Bernstorff as he rose to seventh.

Stanaway and Yelloly then traded fastest laps, although they were pipped to the bonus point on offer right at the end of the race. Yelloly closed hand over fist on Eriksson and, although he could not find a way past the Swede, he scored points for the second time this weekend.

Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr also had a very strong race. From 18th on the grid he passed car after car to move into 11th.

After the safety car, the 17-year-old GP3 debutant was challenging Pal Varhaug for 10th into the fast Turn 9 right-hander when there was contact with the Norwegian, which forced Celis out of the race.

This weekend's results leave Status GP fourth in the GP3 teams' championship, just seven points off the lead.

The second round of the GP3 Series supports the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on 20th-22nd June.

Driver quotes:

Richie Stanaway
“It was certainly not a boring race! I was giving it everything I had, and conditions were changing a lot throughout the race. It was interesting slipping around, trying to find the grip. I had a lunge on Eriksson into the chicane, which was a good move, but I’d made a pretty slow getaway at the start, which I was making up for. It’s great to end the weekend second in the championship – a good start to the season.”

Nick Yelloly
“Richie and I were easily the quickest on the track for much of the race. Kujala hampered my race at the start when he took us both wide – he outbraked himself and turned across me. I had to get past a couple of people and then I caught Eriksson and Marvin Kirchhofer like they were standing still. I’m really happy with the pace – it’s just a shame we didn’t have much to show for it this weekend.”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“I really like conditions like this. It was good, it was fun, and it was just a bit of a shame about the contact. I just saw a gap and went for it, understeered and touched Varhaug. But anyway, I am ambitious but I am young and I’m learning. It was a good race before that though – I was really pleased with the progress we made!”

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