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Status GP Red Bull Ring GP3 Race 2 Report
Posted by: newsla on Jun 22, 2014 - 06:15 PM
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Status GP Red Bull Ring GP3 Race 2 Report

Status Grand Prix drivers Richie Stanaway and Nick Yelloly scored points for the fourth time in four races in the second GP3 Series race at the Red Bull Ring.


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Yelloly momentarily led the Austrian Grand Prix curtain raiser, but the dramatic race finished with Stanaway in third position and Yelloly in fifth, elevating Status GP to second place in the GP3 teams' championship.

From second on the grid, Englishman Yelloly got a strong start to chase in the wheeltracks of poleman Luis Sa Silva. Yelloly made his move on the second lap, briefly slipping into the lead at Turn 1 before Sa Silva got the cutback on exit and reclaimed the advantage.

At Turn 2 the leading quintet all bunched up, and on the run to Turn 3 Sa Silva collided with Matheo Tuscher. Yelloly had to brake to avoid them, allowing Emil Bernstorff and Stanaway down his inside, and in the three-wide melee unfortunately the two Status GP drivers made contact.

Out of this, Stanaway emerged up to second place with Yelloly fourth, but both had bent steering, which caused handling issues for the rest of the race.

Stanaway did a superb job to hang on to second place, but with four laps remaining he was unable to resist Jimmy Eriksson passing him into Turn 2. Nevertheless, he continued to take his second podium in four races this season and is a strong third in the championship.

Likewise, Yelloly also drove a very strong race to draw in on the battle ahead as Stanaway fended off Eriksson, but the damage meant he could not prevent Roman de Beer – who had also been drawn into the four-car train for second – from passing him on the penultimate lap.

Status GP’s young rookie Mexican Alfonso Celis Jr finished the race in 19th position. The 17-year-old was forced to start the race from the pit-lane due to a penalty from Saturday’s race. But he posted competitive lap times, passing one rival early in the race and also pressuring Victor Carbone in the middle stages before settling for a finish in just his second GP3 race weekend.

The next round of the GP3 Series is on the team’s and Yelloly’s home ground, supporting the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on July 4-6.

Driver quotes:

Richie Stanaway
“I didn’t get the best of starts, but I held onto my position without losing any places. It was quite chaotic what was going on in front – I had the best seat in the house! I was two-wide and the guys in front were three-wide. As a result there was a shunt and I ended up gaining some positions. But the contact damaged one of my wishbones, which made the car difficult. The steering offset was pretty bad, and I’m actually pretty lucky to have got to the finish with the wishbone the way it was. Good points, and hopefully we’ll be on the pace at Silverstone.”

Nick Yelloly
“It was a crazy race! I managed to get into the lead for a brief second, but got caught in the cutback. Then when Tuscher went for the inside of Sa Silva I had to lift. I went wide at Turn 3 and the contact with Richie was unfortunate. We carried on and fifth isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not what we wanted. The steering was pretty bad though, so I’m pleased to score points. Now we need to get our heads down for Silverstone and capitalise on our good pace.”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“It was good to survive the race without any problem. It was tough for me. With the pit-lane start I didn’t get a warm-up lap at all, so I went out with completely cold tyres. There wasn’t anything I could do, so it was all about surviving the oversteer. I just wanted a clean race, so we can go to Silverstone and see where we have improved and make more progress from there.”

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