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Cresswell claims first GB3 win at Silverstone as Voisin gets points lead

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Elite Motorsport’s McKenzy Cresswell scored his maiden GB3 victory in race two at Silverstone, while Callum Voisin claimed the points lead.

Cresswell made use of a fresh set of tyres to draw alongside polesitter Matthew Rees off the line before snatching the lead on the inside at Copse.

The safety car was deployed at the end of the lap due to Cresswell’s team-mate Oliver Stewart retiring with left-rear suspension damage at the first corner.

Cresswell held off Rees at the restart and then controlled the remainder of the 10-lap contest to take victory by 1.130 seconds.

Douglas Motorsport’s Tymek Kucharczyk ran third throughout to take the final podium spot ahead of Joseph Loake, who passed Voisin for fourth at the start.

Rodin Carlin’s Voisin edged chief rival Alex Dunne to fifth to take the championship lead from him by one point.

Dunne faced pressure in the closing stages from Arden VRD’s Nico Christodoulou, who ran wide onto the grass at The Loop and conceded seventh to Fortec Motorsports’ Jarrod Waberski.

Waberski was involved in an early battle with team-mate Max Esterson, who rose seven places to 10th on the opening lap before gaining further ground at the safety car restart.

But Esterson lost touch with Waberski after being embroiled in a thrilling dice with Arden’s Noah Ping. Esterson eventually prevailed against his American compatriot to finish ninth.

Ping faced late pressure his team-mate James Hedley, another to gain several places on lap one, but prevailed to finish 10th.

Joining the Arden duo’s battle late on were Chris Dittmann Racing team-mates Arthur Rogeon and Zak Taylor, the latter having lost nine places on lap one before recovering to pass Rogeon for 12th.

Red Bull junior Souta Arao suffered a puncture at the start and finished 18th.

Race result (9 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 McKenzy Cresswell Elite Motorsport 20m59.541s
2 Matthew Rees JHR Developments +1.130s
3 Tymek Kucharczyk Douglas Motorsport +4.871s
4 Joseph Loake JHR Developments +6.309s
5 Callum Voisin Carlin +8.133s
6 Alex Dunne Hitech GP +8.999s
7 Jarrod Waberski Fortec Motorspots +10.101s
8 Nico Christodoulou Arden VRD +12.407s
9 Max Esterson Fortec Motorsports +14.838s
10 Noah Ping Arden VRD +18.034s
11 James Hedley Arden VRD +18.285s
12 Zak Taylor Chris Dittmann Racing +19.118s
13 Arthur Rogeon Chris Dittmann Racing +21.074s
14 John Bennett Carlin +21.873s
15 Costa Toparis Carlin +22.403s
16 Lucas Staico Douglas Motorsport +22.548s
17 Gerrard Xie Hillspeed +23.376s
18 Souta Arao Hitech GP +24.163s
19 Edward Pearson Fortec Motorsports +24.883s
20 Shawn Rashid Douglas Motorsport +28.632s
21 Daniel Mavlyutov Hillspeed +36.142s
22 David Morales JHR Developments +1m16.468s
Ret Oliver Stewart Elite Motorsport
Fastest lap: Cresswell, 1m53.520s

Championship standings
1 Voisin 278   2 Dunne 277   3 Loake 265   4 Hedley 231   5 Cresswell 222   6 Rees 222   7 Kucharczyk 215   8 Ping 140   9 Waberski 139   10 Bennett 135