Arden VRD’s Noah Ping triumphed in a dramatic second GB3 race at Snetterton in which several title contenders hit trouble and Alex Dunne gained the points lead.
Callum Voisin lined up from his third pole of the season, and the Rodin Carlin driver resisted a challenge into Riches from the fast-starting Tymek Kucharczyk to maintain the lead.
Ping moved into third ahead of Hitech GP’s Dunne, who was forced to defend from Saturday’s race one winner James Hedley on lap one.
Douglas Motorosport driver Kucharczyk applied pressure to Voisin during the opening four laps, with the pair pulling clear of Ping.
But on lap five, Kucharczyk dived to the inside of Voisin into Wilsons hairpin before making contact on the exit. Voisin spun and retired immediately with a broken rear-right suspension, while Kucharczyk dropped to third behind Ping and Dunne but avoided damage to his front-left suspension.
The safety car was deployed to retrieve Voisin’s car, with enough time for two more laps when racing resumed.
Ping immediately pulled clear of Dunne, who struggled for pace initially and faced pressure from Kucharczyk. Hedley then drew alongside Kucharczyk through Brundle and Nelson but could not make the move stick.
At the start of the final lap there was more drama in the title race, as JHR Developments’ Joseph Loake was challenged for sixth by Elite Motorsport’s McKenzy Cresswell. As he tried to give Cresswell space, Loake slid wide and spun onto the grass, leaving him as the last of the finishers in 23rd.
Dunne closed in on Ping during the final lap, but it was Ping that prevailed by 0.355 seconds to give Arden it’s second win of the weekend, while second was enough for Dunne to move ahead of both Voisin and Loake in the championship standings.
Kucharczyk finished third, but will likely face a post-race stewards investigation for his clash with Voisin.
Hedley was fourth ahead of JHR’s Matthew Rees and Cresswell. Carlin’s Costa Toparis recovered from a slow start to finish seventh ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing’s Zak Taylor.
Michael Shin prevailed in an early battle with Arden’s Nico Christodoulou to beat the Canadian to ninth. Elite’s Oliver Stewart retired after sustaining suspension damage on the opening lap.
Race result (10 laps)
|1||Noah Ping||Arden VRD||20m28.293s|
|2||Alex Dunne||Hitech GP||+0.355s|
|3||Tymek Kucharczyk||Douglas Motorsport||+0.987s|
|4||James Hedley||Arden VRD||+1.671s|
|5||Matthew Rees||JHR Developments||+2.226s|
|6||McKenzy Cresswell||Elite Motorsport||+3.493s|
|8||Zak Taylor||Chris Dittmann Racing||+4.637s|
|9||Michael Shin||Hitech GP||+5.185s|
|10||Nico Christodoulou||Arden VRD||+6.050s|
|11||Souta Arao||Hitech GP||+6.338s|
|13||Jarrod Waberski||Fortec Motorsports||+7.312s|
|14||David Morales||JHR Developments||+7.907s|
|15||Ayato Iwasaki||Elite Motorsport||+8.190s|
|16||Edward Pearson||Fortec Motorsports||+9.038s|
|17||Max Esterson||Fortec Motorsports||+9.464s|
|20||Lucas Staico||Douglas Motorsport||+12.461s|
|21||Shawn Rashid||Douglas Motorsport||+13.343s|
|22||Arthur Rogeon||Chris Dittmann Racing||+14.717s|
|23||Joseph Loake||JHR Developments||+18.623s|
|Ret||Oliver Stewart||Elite Motorsport|
|Fastest lap: Kucharczyk, 1m41.511s