Home Formula 3GB3 Macintyre resists Ugochukwu charge to win GB3 race two at Silverstone

Macintyre resists Ugochukwu charge to win GB3 race two at Silverstone

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Mat Acton

Will Macintyre took his second GB3 vicory in a heavily-delayed race two at Silverstone ahead of Ugo Ugochukwu and Tymek Kucharczyk.

Torrential rain on Sunday morning resulted in the race being rescheduled to later in the day when conditions had improved significantly, with all drivers fitting wet tyres on a damp but drying circuit.

Hitech GP’s Macintyre made good use of a slightly dry line on the grid’s left-hand side to make a flying getaway from third and grab the lead into Copse. Rodin Motorsport’s Ugochukwu climbed from fifth to second, while front row starters Kucharczyk (Hitech) and McKenzy Cresswell (Elite Motorsport) slipped to third and fourth.

Macintyre pulled out a one-second advantage over the first couple of laps and then edged further clear by a further 0.2s. After being slightly pegged back by Ugochukwu at the race’s halfway mark, Macintyre then set the fastest lap to build his lead to 1.5s. But Ugochukwu then lowered the pace and reduced the gap to 0.5s. 

After responding to edge away once more, Macintyre was reeled in on the final lap by Ugochukwu – who had Kucharczyk close behind – but remained in front until the finish where the trio where separated by 0.679s.

Cresswell finished a further 2.5s adrift in fourth after resisting an early challenge from Rodin’s Louis Sharp, who initially lost out to Cresswell’s team-mate Jarrod Waberski before making his way back past at Village and holding fifth place to the end.

Waberski was later involved in a thrilling three-wide scrap into Brooklands with JHR Developments’ John Bennett and Velocity Racing Development’s James Hedley, but the South African was able to remain in sixth while Hedley snatched seventh from Bennett during that squabble.

Hitech’s Gerrard Xie slipped from fourth to 11th at the start before recovering to ninth ahead of JHR’s Josh Irfan. FIA Formula 3 racer Martinius Stenshorne survived early contact with Fortec Motorsports’ Colin Queen to finish 14th for Chris Dittmann Racing.

Race results (10 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Will Macintyre Hitech GP 21m18.191s
2 Ugo Ugochukwu Rodin Motorsport +0.180s
3 Tymek Kucharczyk Hitech GP +0.679s
4 McKenzy Cresswell Elite Motorsport +3.167s
5 Louis Sharp Rodin Motorsport +3.864s
6 Jarrod Waberski Elite Motorsport +14.942s
7 James Hedley VRD by Arden +15.788s
8 John Bennett JHR Developments +18.049s
9 Gerrard Xie Hitech GP +21.330s
10 Josh Irfan JHR Developments +24.053s
11 James Wharton Fortec Motorsports +24.905s
12 Hugo Schwarze Elite Motorsport +26.344s
13 Noah Ping VRD by Arden +27.187s
14 Martinius Stenshorne Chris Dittmann Racing +27.258s
15 Patrick Heuzenroeder JHR Developments +28.628s
16 Colin Queen Fortec Motorsports +29.769s
17 Edward Pearson Fortec Motorsports +29.925s
18 Arthur Rogeon Rodin Motorsport +35.224s
19 Flynn Jackes Chris Dittmann Racing +35.245s
20 Shawn Rashid VRD by Arden +37.280s
21 Aditya Kulkarni Hillspeed +41.177s
Ret Seb Murray Chris Dittmann Racing
Fastest lap: Kucharczyk, 2m05.572s

Championship standings
1 Sharp 122   2 Ugochukwu 113   3 Macintyre 112   4 Cresswell 101   5 Kucharczyk 92   6 Bennett 90   7 Xie 77   8 Waberski 76   9 Rogeon 44   10 Hedley 39