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Another Podium for Yelloly at Spa
Posted by: newsla on Aug 25, 2014 - 06:17 AM
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Another Podium for Yelloly at Spa


This weekend saw Nick Yelloly at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, continuing in the GP3 series for round 6.

Qualifying took place on the Saturday morning on a wet track however the sun did break through towards the end of the session, but the track was still not dry enough for a tyre change. Qualifying was frustrating one for Yelloly as he finished in 13th position, putting him further back on the grid for race 1 than he wanted.

 

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A different story developed for Yelloly as he drove a very measured race and managed to work his way from 13th on the grid to take a well deserved podium place in third overall at the end of the 13 lap race. Conditions for the race were drying, but the track was still damp in several areas and Yelloly made the right decision to start on slick tyres but even before the race began, Marvin Kirchhofer crashed on the formation lap,

Emil Bernstorff took the lead after the hectic start to the race, passing pole winner Luca Ghiotto, while Yelloly was behind Matheo Tuscher in 4th, making a gain from 13th on the grid. Tuscher was set to finish on the podium, but that all changed on lap 8 when he lost control into Eau Rouge, he was unable to get going again bringing out the safety car. This saw Yelloly now in 3rd, taking a whole 10 positions ahead of his starting position.

Yelloly said, “Starting from 13th, we chose to start on slicks. Initially it was a suggestion from my engineer before the race and I said I would bare it in mind. After the first recon lap I decided to take it. The start was tricky. Myself and Dean Stoneman basically got pushed out onto the astroturf and it was quite messy, losing me a few places. I went too wide into Eau Rouge with Dino Zamperrelli so the first few laps were messy. I knew I had to bide my time and wait for the wet tyres to go off. I was watching the skies above and it didn’t seem like it would rain again, so I just waited. I saw Tuscher stopped who I didn’t realise he was leading the race as I thought it was Stoneman, so then I was third. From 13th on the grid, that was 10 places gained. Not a bad Saturday really.”

Conditions for race 2, which took place on Sunday morning were still damp with some fog patches, Yelloly started the race trying his best to find a way past Jann Mardenborough for 4th place, but had no such luck and kept the pressure on until the end of the race even pulling to under a second gap between himself and Mardenborough on the very last lap making a final attempt for 4th but it wasn't to be and Yelloly settled for another handful of points by finishing in 5th place. Yelloly now sits in 3rd overall in the GP3 championship standings.

Round 7 of the GP3 series continues in Italy at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, beginning the 5th of September.

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