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Browning takes lights-to-flag win in GB3 season opener

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Hitech GP’s Luke Browning dominated the opening race of the new GB3 season from pole at Oulton Park, finishing 10 seconds ahead of Roberto Faria.

In the series’ first race using the new Tatuus MSV-022 car, Browning took the lead at the start, immediately pulling out a one-second lead over Carlin’s Faria and JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees. Browning continued to pull away, setting the fastest lap on the final tour.

Faria finished 0.461s ahead of reigning British Formula 4 champion Rees, who was shown a black-and-white warning flag for exceeding track limits while in pursuit of the Sauber F1 Junior.

Starting from fourth, single-seater rookie Callum Voisin had an incident-filled lap one. Battling with Carlin team-mate Javier Sagrera, a collision at the hairpin put the latter out with damaged rear-left suspension.

Voisin dropped down the field, but then had a second collision at Hislops with Arden’s Alex Connor, who had made up ground from 20th, and was forced to pit for a new front wing.

That promoted Chris Dittmann Racing’s McKenzy Cresswell to fourth, a position he held to the end despite race-long pressure from Fortec Motorsports’ Joel Granfors, who was attempting to recover from a five-place grid penalty,

But Granfors slowed with an issue on the final lap, dropping to sixth behind fellow GB3 debutant John Bennett (Elite Motorsport).

Zak Taylor finished 0.4s behind in seventh for Fortec. CDR’s Branden Lee Oxley resisted early pressure from Douglas Motorsport’s Marcos Flack before pulling away and finishing eighth.

Arden’s David Morales came home 10th after fending off Hitech’s Cian Shields. Max Esterson was another who hit trouble on the opening lap and finished 19th.

Race results (14 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Luke Browning Hitech GP 21m05.607s
2 Roberto Faria Carlin +10.258s
3 Matthew Rees JHR Developments +10.719s
4 McKenzy Cresswell Chris Dittmann Racing +13.414s
5 John Bennett Elite Motorsport +20.988s
6 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports +23.243s
7 Zak Taylor Fortec Motorsports +23.627s
8 Branden Lee Oxley Chris Dittmann Racing +24.905s
9 Marcos Flack Douglas Motorsport +29.538s
10 David Morales Arden +30.831s
11 Cian Shields Hitech GP +32.177s
12 Bryce Aron Hitech GP +32.883s
13 James Hedley Elite Motorsport +33.103s
14 Tom Lebbon Elite Motorsport +36.529s
15 Alex Connor Arden +37.038s
16 Nick Gilkes Hillspeed +45.838s
17 Tommy Smith Douglas Motorsport +48.075s
18 Mikkel Grundtvig Fortec Motorsports +55.461s
19 Max Esterson Douglas Motorsport +1m14.021s
20 Callum Voisin Carlin +1m24.080s
Ret Javier Sagrera Carlin
Fastest lap: Browning, 1m29.766s