GP2/3: Brits rule on afternoon of chaos

By on Sunday, June 30, 2013
GP2 Media service

GP2 Media service

British drivers claimed victory in both GP2 and GP3 support races at the British Grand Prix.

The GP2 Feature race began with Swede Marcus Ericsson on pole position but a fast start from Felipe Nasr resulted in the duo battling for the lead approaching Village.

Ericsson forced Nasr off of the circuit and when the Brazilian returned to the track, a gap opened up for fourth placed Sam Bird to sneak through from fourth place and snatch the lead.

Bird retained his lead but had to negotiate traffic following his pit stop and came under increasing pressure from series leader Stefano Coletti.

But Coletti soon slipped back into the clutches of his rivals and was usurped by Stephane Richelmi. Coletti hung on to third place but an error on the penultimate lap allowed Tom Dillmann to take third place.

Coletti then clashed with Fabio Leimer on the final lap and was forced to retire for the first time this season. Leimer was handed a 10 place grid penalty for the sprint race.

There was also a penalty for Alexander Rossi, who was deemed to have ended Kevin Ceccon's race, but Jon Lancaster was not penalised despite a collision with James Calado.

The win was Bird's third of the season.

In GP3 it was compatriot Jack Harvey who eased to victory as he rarely came under threat for victory.

The race was interrupted by the safety car following a frightening accident for Patrick Kujala.

The Koiranen driver was caught out by a sliding David Fumanelli and was launched over the back of his Italian rival.

Kujala flew upside down, eventually landing on top of the tyre barrier.

His team-mate Kevin Korjus was second, ahead of Facu Regalia.

Tio Ellinas retains his points lead after finishing in fifth.

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