Carlin’s Nick Yelloly has taken a brilliant podium position in the second GP3 Series race around the Nürburgring, Germany. Making a fantastic start from fourth on the grid the British racer made his way up to second place in the opening lap. The Carlin man would come home after 15 laps of racing to take a strong haul of points for his championship campaign in third. Team mates Eric Lichtenstein and Luis Sa Silva fought hard to gain positions and would finish in 21st and 22nd respectively following their difficult outing yesterday.
The second GP3 Series race got underway in warm conditions this morning with Yelloly lining up fourth on the grid while Lichtenstein and Sa Silva started 26th and 27th respectively following their first lap incident in yesterday’s race. With overtaking a rare sight here this weekend, the start was to be the all important element to this morning’s race – Yelloly made sure his launch was perfect as he stormed into the first corner. Looking likely to take the lead, the Carlin man was slightly blocked by Melville McKee in turn one however Yelloly came back well to snatch second position from Alexander Sims as the pack fed into the second corner.
Further back, and hampered by their race one non-finish, Lichtenstein and Sa Silva had made progress having started at the back of the grid and were running 21st and 23rd after the opening lap; making sure to get the most out of the tyres in these early stages.
As the race settled into a rhythm over the next few laps Yelloly initially was able to keep a good gap to Sims behind while cutting the time deficit to race leader McKee. However over the next few laps Sims began to latch on to the back of Yelloly; with the fellow British racer moving up on lap nine. Meanwhile Lichtenstein and Sa Silva were swapping positions in 21st and 22nd as they looked to catch those ahead and progress through the race – wanting to cut the gap to David Fumanelli ahead.
Yelloly ahead continued to run strong in third position and, with McKee’s tyres looking to be degrading in the closing stages hoped to close the gap, however the Carlin racer was to finish in a great third position – to add to his second placed finish last time out at his home round, Silverstone. Lichtenstein and Sa Silva finished what had been a tough weekend for the pair in 21st and 22nd
Yelloly said of his third position, ‘The start was good and if I wasn’t boxed in I think I would have taken the lead. From then I held position in second however Sims’ tyres were working well for him and I let him past when he came up behind me as the speed difference was too much. Third is good for us, it’s some nice points and now we go back, analyse everything and look ahead to next round.’
Photo by Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.