Carlin’s Callum Voisin took his first-ever single-seater victory in the opening GB3 race at Donington Park ahead of team-mate Roberto Faria.
Voisin inherited the lead after front-row starters Joel Granfors and Matthew Rees collided on the opening lap, while Granfors’s chief title rival Luke Browning retired after being caught up in the melee.
Rees challenged poleman Granfors through the first few corners, but the two touched wheels as Rees tried to drive around the outside at Macleans.
A trip through the gravel dropped Rees to eighth, while Granfors retired after spearing across the track. Browning, who started fifth, also ended up off the track as he tried to take avoiding action – his car then suffering damage after a wild airborne moment on the grass.
There was a separate incident on the first lap between debutant Nico Christodolou (Arden) and Javier Sagrera (Carlin), with both forced out with damage.
Voisin controlled the remainder of the encounter to give Carlin its first win of the season, 2.262 seconds clear of Faria.
Max Esterson was less than a second behind in third, taking his first podium for Douglas Motorsport, and will start Sunday’s race two from pole.
Alex Connor was a season-best fourth for Arden, ahead of Elite Motorsport pair Tom Lebbon and James Hedley. McKenzy Cresswell (Chris Dittmann Racing) held off Rees for seventh, but the latter received a 10s time penalty for a false start and was demoted to ninth.
Zak Taylor was promoted to eighth for Arden, until Rees’ penalty was then rescinded, with CDR’s Branden Lee Oxley rounding out the top 10.
Elite’s John Bennett was the last of the finishers in 17th after a spin at Fogarty, with Arden’s David Morales also losing time by taking to the grass in avoidance.
Hillspeed’s Nick Gilkes also retired late on with a car issue.
Race result (12 laps)
|3||Max Esterson||Douglas Motorsport||+2.964s|
|5||Tom Lebbon||Elite Motorsport||+8.569s|
|6||James Hedley||Elite Motorsport||+9.520s|
|7||McKenzy Cresswell||Chris Dittmann Racing||+13.650s|
|8||Matthew Rees||JHR Developments||+24.086s|
|10||Branden Lee Oxley||Chris Dittmann Racing||+24.934s|
|11||Marcos Flack||Douglas Motorsport||+25.219s|
|12||Bryce Aron||Hitech GP||+25.496s|
|13||Tommy Smith||Douglas Motorsport||+26.410s|
|14||Cian Shields||Hitech GP||+27.903s|
|16||Mikkel Grundtvig||Fortec Motorsports||+29.254s|
|17||John Bennett||Elite Motorsport||+30.134s|
|Ret||Nick Gilkes||Hillspeed||4 laps|
|Ret||Joel Granfors||Fortec Motorsports|
|Ret||Luke Browning||Hitech GP|
|Fastest lap: Esterson, 1m54.290s