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Harvey adds to British success at Silverstone with first GP3 win

by Peter Allen
Jack Harvey

Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Media Service

Jack Harvey completed a super Saturday for home drivers at Silverstone with a commanding maiden GP3 Series win.

Following Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 pole position and Sam Bird’s GP2 win, Harvey took a lights-to-flag victory after getting the jump on pole-sitter Kevin Korjus at the start.

He opened up a good early lead over ART team-mate Conor Daly, who was then penalised for the jump start that took him from ninth to second by the first corner.

The safety car was out for a significant portion of the race after a huge accident for Patrick Kujala, who was launched over the back of David Fumanelli‘s car when the Italian got loose at Becketts and rolled through the gravel, but was seen out of the car, standing and talking with medical staff soon afterwards.

Daly served his drive-through at the restart, giving Harvey a good gap over Korjus which he extended to three seconds by the chequered flag. Facu Regalia scored his second podium in three races in third place.

Daniil Kvyat finished fourth ahead of championship leader Tio Ellinas and Nick Yelloly, who both found a way past Alex Fontana either side of the safety car period.

Lewis Williamson made incredible progress from 19th on the grid to make a brave move on Carlos Sainz for eighth at Maggotts. Sainz got back ahead though, and as Williamson tried to pass him on the Wellington Straight later that lap Sainz moved across to the left, banging wheels with Williamson and forcing him into a spin. Sainz sustained damage that dropped him down the order with Giovanni Venturini picking up the pieces of the reverse grid pole for Sunday. Adderly Fong and Dino Zamparelli completed the top ten.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 15 laps in 31:37.496
2. Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP +3.051
3. Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix +5.369
4. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden +6.619
5. Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing +8.073
6. Nick Yelloly Carlin +9.485
7. Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport +12.309
8. Giovanni Venturini Trident +15.626
9. Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix +16.634
10. Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing +17.210
11. Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP +18.126
12. Robert Visoiu MW Arden +19.191
13. Carlos Sainz MW Arden +20.132
14. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin +20.350
15. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport +20.610
16. Josh Webster Status Grand Prix +21.885
17. Luis Sa Silva Carlin +22.233
18. Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix +23.193
19. Emanuele Zonzini Trident +23.808
20. Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport +28.118
21. Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +28.756
22. Conor Daly ART Grand Prix +30.390
23. Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering +39.008
24. Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering +44.844
25. Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering +2 laps
Not classified
  David Fumanelli Trident Racing 4 laps
  Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP 4 laps