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Status GP Red Bull Ring GP3 Race 1 Report
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 06:02 AM
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Status GP Red Bull Ring GP3 Race 1 Report

Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway finished fourth and Nick Yelloly seventh in the first GP3 Series race of the weekend at the Red Bull Ring as both continued their run of points scores.


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New Zealander Stanaway was disappointed to be bumped down to eighth on the grid in the closing stages of qualifying having run in the top five for most of the session. But he made up for it with a scorching start into third place.

An early safety car appearance meant that Stanaway was caught up by Jimmy Eriksson, who took third place away with a move that lasted from Turn 2 to Turn 4. Although Stanaway then put pressure back on Eriksson, he eventually settled for a fourth place that puts him third in the championship.

Team-mate Yelloly also got a great start – after suffering badly in traffic in qualifying – to climb from ninth to sixth at the getaway. After the restart he got boxed in at Turn 2, allowing Matheo Tuscher to take the position away. The Briton then consolidated seventh place and a front-row start for tomorrow’s reversed-grid curtain raiser to Formula One's Austrian Grand Prix.

Alfonso Celis Jr was another Status GP driver to make a superb start to take four places, but he had to back off to avoid a big Turn 1 collision and his good work was undone. The 17-year-old Mexican GP3 rookie then set about reclaiming the places and had passed four drivers before on lap six he was involved in a collision at Turn 2 with Adderly Fong, ending both drivers’ race.

The second race starts at 0925hrs on Sunday.

Driver quotes:

Richie Stanaway
“I got a mega start, which was exactly what I needed after qualifying. There was a crash to the outside of me at Turn 1 and I came out of there in third place. Then I had a bad restart – there was maybe some debris on my tyres. Eriksson had mega grip on me at the restart; my grip came back but then I struggled again towards the end. But it’s good points again.”

Nick Yelloly
“That was good after qualifying, where I got held up on a lap that could have put me on the front couple of rows and I was disappointed to end up ninth. I got straight up to sixth at the start and then I dropped a place because I just got boxed in and had nowhere to go after the restart. After that I kept it safe for seventh to get a front-row start for tomorrow and, hopefully, some big points.”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“It was a tough race. I had a good start, but had to slow down early at Turn 1 to be safe. The race was good after that – I overtook one car at the last corner, two at Turn 1 and another one at Turn 2. Everything was going well, and I was catching a battle in front of me. They turned in really late and I decided to go to the inside towards the apex, and then Fong turned in and my front-left hit his right-rear. A big disappointment.”

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