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Status GP's Stanaway On Podium At Spa
Posted by: newsla on Aug 24, 2014 - 04:14 PM
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Status GP's Stanaway On Podium At Spa


Status Grand Prix’s Richie Stanaway finished in second place after a close battle for victory in the second GP3 Series race at Spa-Francorchamps.

 

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New Zealander Stanaway kept the pressure on race winner Alex Lynn – his title rival – during an epic battle as they scorched away from the field. This paid off when Lynn made a mistake and Stanaway briefly took the lead on the eighth lap of 13. The duo was split by just 2.0 seconds at the finish of the Belgian Grand Prix curtain raiser.

On a damp track in cold conditions, Stanaway started on the wetter side of the circuit from his second grid spot, and did well to keep the position at the start. His constant pushing paid off when Lynn lost time with a big slide at Les Combes on the eighth lap, allowing Stanaway to get up his inside at the next turn and take the lead. But, with moisture on his Pirelli P Zero tyres from going off-line to defend into the following corner, he slid wide, allowing Lynn back in front.

Stanaway retains second in the championship, behind Lynn, as the series heads into the final three rounds.

Status GP’s Nick Yelloly, meanwhile, is still third in the points after finishing fifth, to add to his podium from Saturday.

The Englishman moved up from sixth on the reversed grid to fifth with a bold move on Pal Varhaug at Eau Rouge. He then caught Jann Mardenborough in the closing stages, but could not quite find a way past, and in turn had to defend a last-lap attack from the chasing Emil Bernstorff.

Status GP’s Mexican rookie Alfonso Celis Jr completed a very solid weekend with a 15th-place finish. The 17-year-old lost two places on the opening lap from his 12th grid position. He then conceded another place to qualifying pacesetter Luca Ghiotto with five laps remaining, but impressed with lap times very close to his team-mates'.

The next round of the GP3 Series is in support of the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on September 5-7, with Status GP still lying in a strong second in the teams’ championship.

Driver quotes:

Richie Stanaway
“I couldn’t really do anything at the start from the wetter side of the track, and I was struggling with the balance a little bit. I got one great opportunity to take the win when Lynn made a mistake but I couldn't quite make it stick. I got past, went to block him on the wet part of the track, and ran wide and he got back ahead. It’s not a bad result, but it takes the satisfaction away a bit, especially as the races we’ve got left are running out. But we’ll just bounce back and try to maximise it at Monza.”

Nick Yelloly
“I got a good start, and hung it out there to pass Varhaug. In the wet on slicks I had good pace, but I couldn’t send a lunge on anyone because of the risk of going off. At first I was quicker than the guys in front, but then I suffered from some understeer. I caught Mardenborough late on but I couldn’t get close enough to make a move. At the Bus Stop on the final lap, he braked so early, so I had to put it in the middle of the track to defend from Bernstorff. I’m happy with the points and my championship position.”

Alfonso Celis Jr
“I lost some positions at the start and my front tyres took a while to come in; Ghiotto was quicker and he overtook me. Then I had Luis Sa Silva behind me, but he crashed. I’m more confident with the car, more consistent, and now I want to be consistent in the top 10. I’m OK with how the weekend went, and can’t wait for Monza!”


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