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Venturini keeps Yelloly at bay to win second Silverstone race

by Peter Allen
Giovanni Venturini

Photo: Malcolm Griffiths/GP3 Media Service

Giovanni Venturini prevented another home win at Silverstone, fending off Nick Yelloly to claim his maiden GP3 win after starting on the reverse grid pole position.

Yelloly got a fast start from third on the grid to get alongside Venturini at the Village right-hander and went around the outside of the Trident driver into the lead, only to run wide over the kerb on exit and allow Venturini back ahead.

Carlin driver Yelloly came back at Venturini in the closing stages, getting the gap down to 0.4 seconds, but couldn’t quite get close enough to pass.

“Finally we are here, after bad luck in Barcelona and Valencia,” said Venturini on the podium afterwards. “[Yelloly] was really fast and I pushed a lot to stay in P1, and in the end we are here so I’m happy and proud of the job of my team.”

In his podium, Yelloly said: “To do it here is probably the best place to do it for me. We did have the lead for a little bit but I just ran wide and he went back past. I think we were quite a bit faster but with the tyre deg we just couldn’t get close enough in the higher speed stuff, so I have to settle for second today.”

Alex Fontana slipped behind Yelloly at the start but then held third throughout to get his first GP3 podium. Daniil Kvyat finished fourth with the fastest lap on the last lap of the race, ahead of Facu Regalia and Tio Ellinas, who lost two spots on the first lap but still did enough with sixth to extend his points lead, finishing ahead of his nearest rivals.

Race one winner Jack Harvey made up a place to finish seventh, with Aaro Vainio also getting past Koiranen team-mate Kevin Korjus for the final point.

An opening lap incident at The Loop accounted for Dino Zamparelli, Conor Daly, Adderly Fong, Emanuele Zonzini and later Robert Visoiu, while David Fumanelli got a drive-through penalty for passing Jimmy Eriksson at the same point soon afterwards.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Giovanni Venturini Trident 15 laps in 27:32.438
2 Nick Yelloly Carlin 0.609
3 Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 1.519
4 Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 2.723
5 Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix 4.673
6 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 5.376
7 Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 6.657
8 Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP 8.145
9 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP 9.008
10 Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 10.311
11 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 11.242
12 Luis Sa Silva Carlin 11.985
13 Carlos Sainz, Jr. MW Arden 13.611
14 Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering 14.183
15 Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 15.872
16 Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 29.082
17 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing 38.395
18 Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 38.786
19 Carmen Jorda bamboo engineering 1:01.165
20 David Fumanelli Trident 1:01.433
21 Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix +2 laps
Not classified
Robert Visoiu MW Arden +14 laps
Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix +15 laps
Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing +15 laps
Emanuele Zonzini Trident +15 laps
Conor Daly ART Grand Prix +15 laps