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Status GP Duo SCORE Points In GP3's British GP Opener
Posted by: newsla on Jul 05, 2014 - 04:49 PM
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Status GP Duo SCORE Points In GP3's British GP Opener


Status Grand Prix’s Nick Yelloly and Richie Stanaway kept up their 100 per cent records of scoring points this season in the first GP3 Series race of Silverstone's British Grand Prix weekend.

 

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Englishman Yelloly and New Zealander Stanaway finished fifth and seventh respectively in the Saturday afternoon race, Stanaway retaining third place in the GP3 points table and Yelloly vaulting to sixth.

All three Status GP drivers qualified in the top 10, with Stanaway starting sixth, Yelloly seventh and the team’s Mexican rookie Alfonso Celis Jr taking his best GP3 grid position yet of 10th. Qualifying was wet, and Yelloly and Stanaway held a Status GP one-two for much of the session, trading pole position times on their first sets of Pirelli P Zero tyres, but they struggled to bring their second sets up to temperature as others improved.

The trio were all disappointed with their starts, although Yelloly pulled off good moves on Jann Mardenborough (into Brooklands) and Riccardo Agostini (on the outside into Club) on the first lap to move up to fifth. His move on Mardenborough also gave Stanaway an opening to move past the Welshman into seventh.

Yelloly spent most of the rest of the race just behind fourth-placed Emil Bernstorff and narrowly ahead of Agostini, but there were no more place changes among the leading group of points-scoring drivers.

The results mean that Stanaway starts Sunday’s reversed-grid race from the front row, with Yelloly on row two.

Celis dropped to 17th on lap one but pulled off a very satisfying move on Robert Visoiu on the fourth lap on the outside into Club Corner. Despite contact he then drew closer to the group in front, and set his best time of the race on the final lap.

Sunday’s race starts at 0810.

Driver quotes:
Nick Yelloly
“After being quick on our first set of tyres we were disappointed to start seventh. My launch at the start was terrible – I had such massive wheelspin. But I managed to get through Turn 4 [The Loop] better than the others and made a move on Mardenborough, and then I passed Agostini. I felt much quicker than Bernstorff but I couldn’t get close enough without losing downforce. I felt I had an extra chunk of pace I couldn’t use.”

Richie Stanaway
“Everyone struggled at the start, so this was an opportunity to make up ground but I didn’t get away cleanly either. After that I just wasn’t quick enough really and the race was pretty processional. I worked on things through the race and tried to get comfortable, and now we have to think about how we can go quicker tomorrow. We’ll be on the front row so we’ll be chasing hard for another good result.”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“Qualifying in the top 10 was good progress for me. But that was a very tough race. I was expecting more, for sure, but I had a really bad start. I was trying to look after the tyres, and I was able to learn a lot, and the tyres were all there at the end, so the race went quite OK for me. The contact with Visoiu wasn’t a big deal – the car got a little bit oversteery for a few laps but after then it was fine.”

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