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GP3 contender Jimmy Eriksson loses Hockenheim podium

by Peter Allen
Jimmy Eriksson

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service

Jimmy Eriksson has lost ground in the GP3 title race after being demoted from his podium finish in race two at Hockenheim.

The Swede had finished in third place after keeping championship leader Alex Lynn at bay. That had meant Lynn had only extended his lead from eight to 18 points over the German round despite Eriksson starting the weekend with a five-place grid penalty for causing a collision last time out at Silverstone.

However, stewards gave Eriksson a post-race time penalty of 20 seconds for ignoring yellow flags, relegating him to 15th in the race results.

With Eriksson therefore losing ten points and Lynn gaining two by inheriting the final podium place, the gap between the two now stands at 30 points.

Another title contender in trouble with the stewards was race one winner Marvin Kirchhofer. The German, who sits third in the standings, 34 points behind Lynn, has been slapped with a five-place grid penalty for next Saturday’s opening race in Hungary for the contact he made with Emil Bernstorff at the hairpin which caused both to retire.

Similarly, Pal Varhaug was given a five-place grid drop for hitting Sebastian Balthasar at the hairpin on lap one.

Revised 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 Alex Lynn Carlin +7.087
4 Dean Stoneman Marussia Manor Racing +8.688
5 Nick Yelloly Status Grand Prix +9.169
6 Patric Niederhauser Arden International +10.046
7 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix +13.158
8 Riccardo Agostini Hilmer Motorsport +13.502
9 Robert Visoiu Arden International +14.251
10 Luis Sa Silva Carlin +15.999
11 Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport +21.983
12 Adderly Fong Jenzer Motorsport +22.949
13 Alex Fontana ART Grand Prix +23.343
14 Nelson Mason Hilmer Motorsport +24.801
15 Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP +26.196*
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

* 20-second penalty