Bernstorff claims maiden GP3 win in Austria

Bernstorff claims maiden GP3 win in Austria

22 June 2014 – British youngster Emil Bernstorff completed a fine weekend for Carlin as he claimed his maiden GP3 win at the second race in Austria.

Bernstorff took the lead when rivals ahead of him collided and he promptly eased to victory over Jimmy Eriksson by 7.7 seconds, with Richie Stanaway completing the podium positions.

The first start was aborted when ART rookie Marvin Kirchhöfer stalled from fourth on the grid, thus necessitating an extra formation lap.

Pole-sitter Luis Sá Silva retained the lead at the start with Nick Yelloly in close contention. The Briton made a move at Turn 1 on the next lap but Sá Silva got the switchback on the run to Turn 2.

The leading duo's battle enabled Mathéo Tuscher to close in on Sá Silva but the Carlin driver moved across on his rival under braking for Turn 3 and Tuscher slammed into the back of Sá Silva, causing both to spin off into the gravel.

Yelloly backed off in the chaos which allowed Bernstorff to claim the lead, ahead of Stanaway and Eriksson.

Bernstorff built up a comfortable advantage while a few seconds further back Eriksson began hustling Stanaway for second position. Eriksson made a bold move under braking at Turn 2 with a few laps remaining and Stanaway had neither the track position nor traction to respond.

The Kiwi soon came under pressure from team-mate Yelloly but the Briton was to be usurped by Roman De Beer, who executed a fine pass under braking for Turn 3. De Beer hunted down Stanaway but ultimately missed out on the podium by four tenths, with Yelloly fending off Patric Niederhauser. Patric Kujala and Dino Zamparelli rounded out the points-paying positions.

Series leader Alex Lynn had to pit at the end of the first lap after sustaining a right reat puncture and trailed home in 20th position.

The third round of the GP3 season takes place at Silverstone on the weekend of July 5-6

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