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Jann Mardenborough pulls away to win GP3 race 2 at Hockenheim

by Peter Allen
Jann Mardenborough

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service

Jann Mardenborough claimed his first single-seater win in Europe as he converted pole position to victory in the second GP3 race at Hockenheim.

The Nissan GT Academy graduate made a great start from the reverse grid pole, although a couple of early lock-ups prevented him from building an early gap over Dino Zamparelli, who got the jump on front row starter Jimmy Eriksson.

Zamparelli stayed within a second of the leader for several laps but Mardenborough withstood the pressure and then began to pull away, stretching his lead to 3.8 seconds by the chequered flag.

Zamparelli clinched his second podium of the season, while Eriksson survived an attack by title rival Alex Lynn to finish third and claim a couple of points back against the Red Bull Junior, who now leads by 18 points. Lynn had jumped from seventh to fourth on lap one thanks to a tight line at the hairpin as others ran deep, and got closest to challenging Eriksson when he pulled alongside exiting the hairpin, but the Swede was brave enough to turn in ahead at the right-hand kink.

As in race one, Dean Stoneman went forwards towards the end, passing Nick Yelloly for fifth as British drivers once again filled five of the top six places. There could have been another in seventh but for contact between Emil Bernstorff and race one winner Marvin Kirchhofer at the hairpin that saw both retire to the pits.

Patric Niderhauser inherited seventh, Richie Stanaway salvaged a single point from his weekend and Riccardo Agostini and Robert Visoiu completed the top ten.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Jann Mardenborough Arden International 18 laps in 27:48.880
2 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix +3.860
3 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP +6.196
4 Alex Lynn Carlin +7.087
5 Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing +8.688
6 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix +9.169
7 Patric Niederhauser Arden International +10.046
8 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix +13.158
9 Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport +13.502
10 Robert Visoiu Arden International +14.251
11 Luis Sa Silva Carlin +15.999
12 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport +21.983
13 Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport +22.949
14 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix +23.343
15 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport +24.801
16 Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing +27.467
17 Roman de Beer Trident +29.522
18 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP +30.129
19 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +42.308
20 Victor Carbone Trident +43.252
21 Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer Motorsport +43.815
22 Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP +1:09.384
23 Alfonso Celis Status Grand Prix +1 lap
Not classified
Mitch Gilbert Trident +6 laps
Emil Bernstorff Carlin +10 laps
Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix +11 laps
Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport +18 laps