Stoneman takes GP3 victory

Brit Dean Stoneman wins in Catalunya to start his GP3 season well

British racing driver Dean Stoneman stole an impressive victory in race two of the 2014 GP3 season opener at Spain’s Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.

Fighting off pressure from initial pole-sitter Matheo Tuscher, Stoneman managed to power his way to his first victory in the junior single-seater series just one year after recovering from testicular cancer.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

Not allowing a rain-soaked circuit to dampen his spirits, the 23-year old was joined by the entire GP3 field on slick tyres as the cars headed to the grid. Emphasising just how slippery conditions were, the South Londoner span whilst warming his tyres on the formation lap but luckily managed to keep the car running.

He remained composed however as he set his charge to take the lead from the off, passing Tuscher with an impressive late-brake manoeuvre on lap two. Tuscher responded with an attack into turn five, but the Swiss rookie was unable to steal the lead back with resulting contact forcing him behind.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

From there on Stoneman showed his worth by controlling the race and pulling out a comfortable lead as the track began to dry. A safety car did bring Tuscher and chasing driver Dino Zamparelli back into contention, but a small mistake from Tuscher into the chicane on the penultimate lap ensured that the young Brit was able to take the victory with a 0.9sec gap.

Added to the points from his seventh place finish in race one, Stoneman – who evo has picked as a future F1 star - now sits fourth in the GP3 standings, 10 points behind fellow Brit and Championship leader Alex Lynn.

The next round of the 2014 GP3 Championship takes place at Austria’s Red Bull Ring on 20-22 June.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/review/202972/aston-martin-dbx-review-the-first-performance-suv-to-deliver-on-its-promise
Reviews

Aston Martin DBX review - the first performance SUV to deliver on its promise

Aston Martin's first SUV is more than a good SUV, the DBX is the best car the British firm makes
10 Aug 2020
Visit/audi/s3/202806/2020-audi-s3-sportback-and-s3-saloon-revealed-the-four-wheel-drive-golf-gti
Audi S3

2020 Audi S3 Sportback and S3 saloon revealed – the four-wheel drive Golf GTI

Audi’s next S3 Sportback follows a well-trodden path, filling a gap it once defined
11 Aug 2020
Visit/maserati/ghibli/202975/maserati-ghibli-trofeo-revealed-sober-dressed-bmw-m5-rival-finally-arrives
Maserati Ghibli

Maserati Ghibli Trofeo revealed – sober-dressed BMW M5 rival finally arrives

Some seven years after the launch of its executive saloon, Maserati has given it a V8 – with 572bhp
10 Aug 2020
Visit/porsche/911-targa/202979/porsche-911-targa-4s-2020-review-the-oddball-911-thats-a-refreshing
Porsche 911 Targa

Porsche 911 Targa 4S 2020 review - the oddball 911 that’s a refreshing alternative

New 911 Targa 4S offers coupe usability with more style than a convertible, but four-wheel drive only will put off those looking for the purist 911 dr…
10 Aug 2020