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Aron takes first GB3 win with Hitech in Donington reversed-grid race

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Hitech GP driver Bryce Aron dominated race three at Donington Park to take a maiden GB3 victory.

Aron finished 2.729 seconds clear of Branden Lee Oxley to give Hitech its second reversed-grid triumph in a row.

The American converted pole into the lead at the start, while Oxley moved up the inside of Fortec Motorsports’s Mikkel Grundtvig into second at Redgate.

Tommy Smith pounced to snatch third moments later, but the Douglas Motorsports driver was handed a 10-second time penalty for a jump start.

Aron pulled clear to take a comfortable win, while Grundtvig inherited third due to Smith’s penalty, having finished fourth on the road.

After being hampered by a throttle issue in qualifying, Elite Motorsport’s John Bennett moved up two places to fifth on the opening lap and ended the race in fourth, having been tucked under the rear wing of Grundtvig throughout.

Fortec Motorsport’s Zak Taylor came home fifth, despite a late collision which put Arden’s David Morales out at Redgate.

Smith was demoted to sixth after his penalty, ahead of Carlin’s Callum Voisin, who climbed from 19th on the grid. Matthew Rees came from 20th to eighth for JHR Developments ahead of Arden’s Alex Connor.

Luke Browning was involved in a frenetic battle with Rees and Connor during the race before finishing 10th, one place ahead of title rival Joel Granfors, who gained more places from 21st on the grid to move back ahead by a point in the championship. Race two winner Max Esterson was 12th.

Roberto Faria suffered a blow to his championship chances, having pitted twice for a front-wing change and then a puncture after being involved in first-lap contact.

Cian Shields was another to lose his front wing during the race, dropping the Hitech driver down the order.

Race result (12 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Bryce Aron Hitech GP 16m59.361s
2 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing +2.359s
3 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports +7.022s
4 John Bennett Elite Motorsport +7.627s
5 Zak Taylor Arden +15.661s
6 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport +16.195s
7 Callum Voisin Carlin +16.913s
8 Matthew Rees JHR Developments +17.391s
9 Alex Connor Arden +17.584s
10 Luke Browning Hitech GP +18.134s
11 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports +18.781s
12 Max Esterson Douglas Motorsport +19.559s
13 Nick Gilkes Hillspeed +20.164s
14 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport +20.655s
15 James Hedley Elite Motorsport +21.170s
16 Nico Christodoulou Arden +22.069s
17 McKenzy Cresswell Chris Dittmann Racing +1m08.251s
18 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport +1m09.050s
19 Javier Sagrera Carlin +1m09.709s
20 Cian Shields Hitech GP +1m20.567s
21 Roberto Faria Carlin +1 lap
Ret David Morales Arden
Fastest lap: Faria, 1m23.810s

Championship standings
Granfors 166   2 Browning 165   3 Esterson 143   4 Faria 143   5 Voisin 130   6 Lebbon 126   7 Rees 117   8 Bennett 111   9 Cresswell 97   10 Hedley 96