Monza GP3: Kirchhofer takes a dramatic win in Sprint race

A thrilling GP3 Sprint race at Monza saw ART's Marvin Kirchhofer pick up a dramatic win after taking the race lead on the penultimate lap.

Koiranen GP's Jimmy Eriksson was all set for his first victory of the season after taking over the race lead on lap three from Status' Alex Fontana.

The Swede led every lap since then, until the penultimate lap, when he began to run out of fuel and dropped to fifth, giving German Kirchhofer his third win of the 2015 season.

The start of the race was aborted after Seb Morris stalled on the grid and joined Pal Varhaug and Artur Janosz for a pitlane start.

Reverse grid polesitter Alex Palou (Campos) had a scary spin on the way to the grid on the formation lap and finished 10th in the race thereon.

Esteban Ocon made it ART 1-2 after ftaking second ahead of charging championship leader Luca Ghiotto (Trident).

The Italian started 19th and made his way up to third after some fantastic overtakes, including an opportunistic move at Roggia when Fontana and Emil Bernstorff were battling for positions.

Having despatched Kevin Ceccon, Ghiotto was all over Ocon in the dying stages of the race but the French driver held his nerve in the end to claim his seventh consecutive runner-up finish.

Arden's Ceccon finished fourth ahead of Eriksson and was earlier in a battle for third with Ocon but didn't have the pace to fight the ART driver.

Matheo Tuscher (Jenzer) finished sixth while teammate Ralph Boschung was seventh.

Earlier, Briton driver Bernstorff had a scary moment going through turn one and two when Fontana gave him no room which launched the Arden driver over the kerb, all four wheels above the ground and ended his race.

Fontana was handed a 10-second penalty for causing a collision.

The top 10 was completed by Status' Sandy Stuvik at eighth, Carlin's Mitchell Gilbert ninth and Palou 10th.

The retirement list had Bernstorff, Janosz, Morris, Matt Parry and Alexander Bosak.

Pos  Driver  Team  Time/Gap
M.Kirchhofer ART Grand Prix 26'50.969 
Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix 1.211
Luca Ghiotto Trident 1.459
Kevin Ceccon Arden International 2.041
Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP 6.759
Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport 11.718
Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport 13.418
Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix 15.754
Mitch Gilbert Carlin 17.303
10  Alex Palou Campos Racing 17.794
11  Antonio Fuoco Carlin 18.069
12  Amaury Bonduel Trident 19.512
13  Brandon Maïsano Campos Racing 20.484
14  Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport 20.571
15  Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing 21.748
16  Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix 25.399
Emil Bernstorff Arden International  
Artur Janosz Trident  
Seb Morris Status Grand Prix  
Alex Bosak Arden International  
Matt Parry Koiranen GP

 

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Series GP3
Event Monza
Track Monza
Drivers Esteban Ocon , Marvin Kirchhofer , Luca Ghiotto
Article type Race report