Williamson takes maiden GP3 victory
10 July 2011 – MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson overcame pole-sitter Dean Smith in Sunday morning’s second GP3 race, stealing the lead early on before pulling away comfortably at the front of the field. Alexander Sims produced some fine overtaking manoeuvres to complete an all-British podium, moving into the championship lead as a result.
As the lights went out, Williamson had a slightly sluggish getaway, leaving him with some recovery work to do from third. He fought back well, however, braking extremely late at Turn 1 before stealing the lead at the end of the first lap. Sims was on a similar mission behind, attacking the cars ahead after starting from fifth.
The battle for third heated up when Sims made a successful move on Rio Haryanto, with the Status GP driver quickly progressing to the back of James Calado’s gearbox. The Briton slipped up the inside of his rival with a daring move at Vale on the penultimate lap, just a few corners before Haryanto followed suit.
When the battle behind came to a close, Williamson had already built up a strong advantage over the rest of the grid. The Scotsman ultimately went on to record his first ever GP3 win, finishing well-ahead of rivals Smith and Sims. Indonesian Haryanto was next to cross the line in fourth, just in front of Calado and Nick Yelloly.
Round 5 of the championship takes place at the Nürburgring in a fortnight's time