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Marvin Kirchhofer claims maiden GP3 win at home at Hockenheim

by Peter Allen
Marvin Kirchhofer

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service

Marvin Kirchhofer secured his first win in GP3 with an assured drive from pole position on home soil at Hockenheim.

The top four of Kirchhofer, Alex Lynn, Nick Yelloly and Emil Bernstoff maintained their positions off the start, until Bernstorff claimed third away from Yelloly later on the opening lap.

Lynn kept within a second of Kirchhofer at one stage but the German then pulled away, opening up a 3.3 second lead before the finish. Bernstorff completed the podium, while Yelloly was a relatively lonely fourth in the end.

After fifth-place starter Mitch Gilbert went backwards, Dino Zamparelli inherited the place but would succumb before the end to Dean Stoneman, after the Marussia Manor man had disposed of Matheo Tuscher. Zamparelli finishing sixth meant that five Britons followed Kirchhofer across the line.

Jimmy Eriksson recovered from a five-place grid penalty carried over from Silverstone to climb from tenth to seventh and limit the damage to his pressure on championship leader Lynn. Jann Mardenborough was a man on the move in the second half of the race, going from 14th to eighth, claiming reverse grid pole and finishing on Eriksson’s tail. His rise included passes on Riccardo Agostini and Robert Visoiu, who completed the top ten.

Agostini had got up into eighth with a move on Richie Stanaway that ended in contact at the hairpin. Stanaway appeared to struggle with damage from that impact and fell to 13th, with the incident under investigation by the stewards. Tuscher meanwhile slipped to 18th after running out of grip.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap?
1 Marvin Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 18 laps in 27’47.577
2 Alex Lynn Carlin +3.359
3 Emil Bernstorff Carlin +4.459
4 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix +9.770
5 Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing +12.928
6 Dino Zamparelli ART Grand Prix +14.922
7 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP +16.792
8 Jann Mardenborough Arden International +17.173
9 Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport +18.231
10 Robert Visoiu Arden International +18.752
11 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix +20.483
12 Patric Niederhauser Arden International +29.000
13 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix +29.462
14 Mitch Gilbert Trident +29.672
15 Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport +29.873
16 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport +32.628
17 Luis Sa Silva Carlin +36.620
18 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport +37.224
19 Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport +37.444
20 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +37.635
21 Roman de Beer Trident +41.959
22 Santiago Urrutia Koiranen GP +46.976
23 Victor Carbone Trident +47.277
24 Sebastian Balthasar Hilmer Motorsport +1:21.218
25 Patrick Kujala Marussia Manor Racing +2 laps
Not classified
Carmen Jorda Koiranen GP +11 laps
Alfonso Celis Status Grand Prix +17 laps