Venturini claims reverse-grid victory
30 June 2013 – Trident's Giovanni Venturini claimed victory in the GP3 reverse-grid race at Silverstone on Sunday, fighting off a sustained charge from Nick Yelloly with a measured drive.
Both drivers started well, with Venturini in front as the field swept through the first corner. Briton Yelloly made an aggressive move for the lead at Village, but ran wide and lost time as his car bounced over the kerbs, and had to settle for second.
The opening stages saw Yelloly shadow Venturini, closing in as the cars negotiated the mechanically-dominated slow speed sections, but suffering in the Italian’s dirty air in the high speed corners, and unable to close in enough to attempt an overtake.
The middle phase saw the drivers enter into tyre-management mode, with little drama out on-track. This ended with six laps to go, the lap times tumbling with a catalogue of fastest laps. Some were pushing the rules to the limit as well as their cars; with Finn Kevin Korjus being shown a black and white flag for exceeding the track limits.
Meanwhile, Yelloly had been winding himself up for a final charge on Venturini, but the his rival soaked up the pressure, displaying a masterclass in defensive driving to keep the Carlin driver at arms-length and take an impressive lights-to-flag victory.
Alex Fontana took the final podium position, followed by Daniil Kvyatt and Facu Regalia. Marussia youngster Tio Ellinas finished sixth, while Saturday’s race winner Jack Harvey was unable to make progress from seventh, his understeering car visibly suffering from the detrimental aero-effects from running in the pack.
Aaro Vainio, Kevin Korjus and Eric Lichstenstein rounded out the top ten.
The GP3 Series returns to action next weekend at the Nürburgring, Germany.