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Rees roars to first GB3 win of the season at Silverstone

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Matthew Rees led from lights to flag for his second career GB3 victory in the opening race of the weekend at Silverstone.

The JHR Developments driver made good use of pole position to remain ahead of fellow front-row starter McKenzy Cresswell into Copse and pulled out a one-second advantage on the opening lap. 

Rodin Carlin’s Callum Voisin moved up one place to third ahead of Tymek Kucharczyk, who tried to reclaim the position into Stowe but backed out.

Rees doubled his lead over the next couple of laps and continued to pull away, eventually taking the chequered flag 4.4 seconds clear for his first triumph since Brands Hatch in 2022.

Cresswell maintained more than a second gap throughout to Voisin to match his best GB3 result in second. Voisin kept Kucharczyk at bay to come third and close to within one point of Alex Dunne, who was a further three seconds behind in fifth.

JHR’s Joseph Loake lost out to Dunne at the start after ending up on the grass approaching Copse, but came home just behind his title rival in sixth.

Arden’s Nico Christodoulou passed Zak Taylor and beat the Chris Dittmann Racing driver to seventh by almost three seconds, while Christodoulou’s team-mate Noah Ping gained two spots at the start to finish ninth.

Fortec Motorsports’ Max Esterson bounced back from straight-line speed issues in qualifying to climb from 18th to 10th, making passes into Brooklands on Oliver Stewart and then James Hedley in the latter stages,

Esterson’s team-mate Jarrod Waberski lost two laps in the pitlane with an issue, and Douglas Motorsport’s Shawn Rashid was also forced in for a front wing change after colliding with Edward Pearson. Carlin team-mates Costa Toparis and John Bennett were also hampered after a lap one collision at Club.

Race result (9 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 17m08.089s
2 McKenzy Cresswell Elite Motorsport +4.442s
3 Callum Voisin Carlin +5.798s
4 Tymek Kucharczyk Douglas Motorsport +6.802s
5 Alex Dunne Hitech GP +9.919s
6 Joseph Loake JHR Developments +10.775s
7 Nico Christodoulou Arden VRD +11.290s
8 Zak Taylor Chris Dittmann Racing +14.535s
9 Noah Ping Arden VRD +16.793s
10 Max Esterson Fortec Motorsports +21.408s
11 James Hedley Arden VRD +23.796s
12 Oliver Stewart Elite Motorsport +24.307s
13 Souta Arao Hitech GP +24.481s
14 David Morales JHR Developments +26.039s
15 Lucas Staico Douglas Motorsport +26.671s
16 Arthur Rogeon Chris Dittmann Racing +27.397s
17 Gerrard Xie Hillspeed +32.580s
18 John Bennett Carlin +36.562s
19 Edward Pearson Fortec Motorsports +39.613s
20 Costa Toparis Carlin +42.587s
21 Daniel Mavlyutov Hillspeed +43.501s
22 Shawn Rashid Douglas Motorsport +1 lap
23 Jarrod Waberski Fortec Motorsports +1 lap
Fastest lap: Rees, 1m53.575s

Championship standings
1 Dunne 260   2 Voisin 259   3 Loake 244   4 Hedley 221   5 Rees 193   6 Kucharczyk 191   7 Cresswell 187   8 Ping 129   9 Bennett 128   10 Waberski 124