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Status GP Scores One-Two In Hungary Race
Posted by: newsla on Jul 27, 2014 - 05:42 AM
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Status GP Scores One-Two In Hungary Race


Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway took his second win of the season in a thrilling GP3 Series race supporting the Hungarian GP, with team-mate Nick Yelloly following him home in second.

 

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From pole position, New Zealander Stanaway held off a fast-starting Robert Visoiu, who surged through from fourth on the grid, after they ran side by side to the first corner.

Visoiu pressured Stanaway through much of the race, and on the 14th lap of 17 he drew alongside on the outside at Turn 1 and then again at Turn 2, but Stanaway held firm. Visoiu then made a final effort on the penultimate lap, but ran off track at the chicane, promoting Yelloly to second place.

Englishman Yelloly, who had qualified third, lost a place to Visoiu at the start but in turn passed front-row man Alex Lynn to maintain his position. He then shook off the challenge of Lynn and was able to capitalise when Visoiu made his mistake, holding off the recovering Romanian to the line to complete the one-two finish for Status GP.

Status GP’s Mexican GP3 rookie Alfonso Celis Jr had a strong run to 16th from 21st on the grid. He made up four places on the opening lap to run in 17th position, and then passed Luis Sa Silva on the fifth lap. The 17-year-old then consolidated 16th place to the finish.

The result means that Stanaway leaps up to second in the drivers' championship standings, while Yelloly is sixth and maintains his 100 per cent record of point scores in the nine races held this season. Status GP retains second in the teams’ championship.

Status GP Team Principal Teddy Yip Jr said: “That was one of the most exciting lead battles there’s ever been in GP3, and Richie was superb in withstanding the pressure. Nick did an excellent job too, and for the result to end in a one-two for Status GP is great reward for all the hard work done by all the team and the drivers.”

Sunday’s second race of the weekend starts at 0925.

Driver quotes:

Richie Stanaway
“That was one of the hardest races of my life. I got a good start and did enough to get the lead. From then onwards I tried to manage the tyres, and stay in front of Robert with a small gap, thinking his tyres would go off. But he kept pressing and pressing, and in the end it was me getting some tyre degradation, which made it really tough. My right-hand mirror came off, though, and that made it hard to defend because I didn’t want to touch Robert – but when he went off at the chicane it gave me enough of a buffer to see it home. There’s no feeling like winning, and this is great for me and the team in championship terms.”

Nick Yelloly
“I thought I got a good start and then saw the flying trio of Arden cars in the mirror! I got past Alex but Robert came past me – from there I just needed to make sure I had third consolidated, before trying to catch Richie and Robert, but the speed wasn’t quite there. Both Richie and I struggled a little more with the tyres than we expected, but when Robert went off I was straight onto the opportunity. Another 1-2 result is reward for Status, and it’s great to do it in Race 1.”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“After a difficult qualifying that was one of the best races of my life. I got a good start and passed three cars, and then got a couple more into the first two turns. From there I battled past Luis Sa Silva and kept with the midfield train. I got valuable laps and have a good chance to improve again tomorrow in the second race of the weekend.”


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