Stoneman denies Lynn for superb win in Monza

Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman victorious in thrilling race in Italy

Determination, maturity and a lot of grit is what Marussia Manor Racing’s Dean Stoneman showed on track today in Monza. From fourth on the grid, the Brit made a brilliant start to snatch the lead and came out on top of an epic duel with Series leader Alex Lynn. ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer joined the pair on the rostrum in third.

Jenzer Motorsport’s Mathéo Tuscher started from reverse pole with Patrick Kujala alongside, but it was Stoneman in red who charged into the lead with Lynn and Emil Bernstorff joining him for company. It was a frenetic first few laps with positions swapping throughout the field with Kirchhöfer up to P4 after passing Tuscher (the Swiss driver losing several places at the start).

All eyes were on the titanic tussle at the front with the Carlin and Red Bull Junior team driver desperate to find a way past Stoneman. On lap three, Lynn got the move done but Stoneman wasn’t going to give up easily and re-passed him later on in the lap. Bernstorff saw his opportunity to pounce and snuck through into P2 passing his teammate but Lynn was having nothing of that and re-claimed second a few corners later.

Kirchhöfer was soon on Bernstorff’s tail and attempted an overtake into Turn 1 but ran over the kerb and lost P4 to Kujala. The Finn spun out moments later after contact with Tuscher brought a premature end to both drivers’ race 2.

At the midway point Stoneman held a half a second lead back to Lynn with Bernstorff and Kirchhofer a few seconds further adrift. The German began to challenge for the rostrum place and put Bernstorff under huge pressure, the Carlin driver ran wide into the dirt and lost his place to the ART Grand Prix star dropping to fourth.

In the latter stages the fight was on for P6 and it was Kevin Ceccon, Luis Sa Silva and Jimmy Eriksson who claimed the final points on offer after both Dino Zamparelli and Alex Fontana made small mistakes.

There was no denying Stoneman after delivering a brilliant win and the Brit crossed the line just 0.908s clear of Lynn. Kirchhöfer recorded his second podium of the Monza weekend and received two extra points for posting the fastest lap. Bernstorff, Yelloly, Ceccon, Sa Silva and Eriksson completed the top eight.

Series leader Lynn has increased his lead in the Drivers’ Standings to 50 points after his nearest title rival Richie Stanaway suffered technical gremlins with four laps to go when lined up to score four points. The Kiwi is on 123 points compared to Lynn’s 173, with Eriksson, Bernstorff and Kirchhöfer rounding out the top five on 115, 111 and 107 respectively.

Carlin heads the Teams’ Standings and extends their advantage – the British squad have 290 points, with Status Grand Prix and ART Grand Prix on 228 and 225 completing the top three.

There is a break in the calendar now but the wait will be worthwhile with GP3 marking its second trip outside of Europe with a brand new venue on the horizon, Sochi in Russia on October 10-12.

Monza – Race 2

 
Driver
Team
1.
Dean Stoneman
Marussia Manor Racing
2.
Alex Lynn
Carlin
3.
Marvin Kirchhöfer
ART Grand Prix
4.
Emil Bernstorff
Carlin
5.
Nick Yelloly
Status Grand Prix
6.
Kevin Ceccon
Jenzer Motorsport
7.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
8.
Jimmy Eriksson
Koiranen GP
9.
Dino Zamparelli
ART Grand Prix
10.
Alex Fontana
ART Grand Prix
11.
Pal Varhaug
Jenzer Motorsport
12.
Riccardo Agostini
Hilmer Motorsport
13.
Luca Ghiotto
Trident
14.
Robert Visoiu
Arden International
15.
Santiago Urrutia
Koiranen GP
16.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
17.
John Bryant-Meisner
Trident
18.
Nelson Mason
Hilmer Motorsport
19.
Patric Niederhauser
Arden International
20.
Mitchell Gilbert
Trident
21.
Carmen Jorda
Koiranen GP
Not Classified
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
Jann Mardenborough
Arden International
Alfonso Celis. Jr
Status Grand Prix
Matheo Tushcer
Jenzer Motorsport
Patrick Kujala
Marussia Manor Racing
Fastest Lap : Marvin Kirchhofer – ART Grand Prix : 1 :39.557 on lap 7
 
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Series GP3
Event Monza
Sub-event Sunday post-race
Track Monza
Drivers Pal Varhaug , Carmen Jorda , Dean Stoneman , Jimmy Eriksson , Luis Sa Silva , Dino Zamparelli , Alex Fontana , Emil Bernstorff , Kevin Ceccon , Nick Yelloly , Richie Stanaway , Jann Mardenborough , Robert Visoiu , Matheo Tuscher , Patric Niederhauser , Alex Lynn , Patrick Kujala , Riccardo Agostini , Ryan Cullen , John Bryant-Meisner , Marvin Kirchhofer , Santiago Urrutia , Luca Ghiotto , Nelson Mason
Teams Carlin , ART Grand Prix , Trident , Arden International , Status Grand Prix , Hilmer Motorsport , Jenzer Motorsport , Koiranen GP
Article type Race report
Tags art grand prix, carlin, marussia manor racing, status grand prix