Impressive sprint gets Maini a victory in Race 2: GP3

By | May 14, 2017

Arjun becomes first Indian to win a GP3 race as he claims maiden win in Barcelona for Jenzer Motorsport team

Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain.
Sunday 14 May 2017
Arjun Maini (IND, Jenzer Motorsport)
Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service

Barcelona, 14 May 2017: Ace Indian racer Arjun Maini dominated Sunday morning’s race 2 at the Circuit de Catalunya here, easily grabbing the lead into turn one when the lights went out before leaving his rivals floundering with a mature and impressive sprint all the way to the flag to win by 6 seconds from Dorian Boccolacci and Alessio Lorandi.
The 19-year-old Bengaluru boy was signed by HAAS F1 team as Development Driver last week and is competing in the GP3 series, which is being organised as a support race on the Formula One Sunday.

One of the only two Indian drivers who raced in Formula One, Karun Chandhok tweeted saying A great start to the day,' as Arjun won his race while Haas F1 team too tweeted `Congratulations to our Development Driver, Arjun Maini, winner of Sunday morning’s GP3 Series race.”

The victory was set up at the start, which opened under clear but cool conditions with the grid lying in the shadow of the giant front straight stadium: poleman Raoul Hyman made a poor getaway with Boccolacci in P3 making a strong start but being stuck behind the South African, handing Maini a clear run to the first corner. The Frenchman pushed the Indian hard for the lead but Maini was equal to the challenge, while behind them Hyman was looking in his mirrors at the coming menace of the ART threat looming there.
Anthoine Hubert soon disposed of Hyman and was looking to get into the mix of the fight for the lead, but in front of him Maini and Boccolacci were running side by side all around the circuit, which was only resolved when a small touch saw the Frenchman stumble, falling back towards his countryman and allowing the Indian to scamper away.
Further back and Lorandi was on a charge: the Italian was repeating his impressive speed from yesterday’s race to easily dispatch Hyman before focussing on Hubert, easing by the Frenchman at turn 1 with 5 laps to go and was looking towards Boccolacci, although he was running out of time to make a real challenge.
At the flag all the applause was for Maini, who celebrated his new alliance with Haas F1 by bringing home Jenzer’s first win since 2012 and easily dominated his rivals all race long. Boccolacci held off the Lorandi charge to grab P2 by a second, with Hubert joined in the closing stages by teammates George Russell and Nirei Fukuzumi, with Hyman holding on for P7 ahead of Santino Ferrucci in the final points position.
Fukuzumi leads the drivers’ title fight after Round 1 on 29 points ahead of Lorandi on 25, Maini on 21 with Boccolacci, Russell and Hubert all on 20 points ahead of Leonardo Pulcini on 18, while the teams’ fight has ART Grand Prix stake an early lead on 73 points ahead of Jenzer Motorsport on 46, Trident on 20 and Arden International on 18 points ahead of Round 2 of the series at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
Race 2 Provisional Classification 
                                         
Driver
Team
Gap
 
1.
Arjun Maini
Jenzer Motorsport
2.
Dorian Boccolacci
Trident
6.060
3.
Alessio Lorandi
Jenzer Motorsport
7.171
4.
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
8.268
5.
George Russell
ART Grand Prix
9.335
6.
Nirei Fukuzumi
ART Grand Prix
11.309
7.
Raoul Hyman
Campos Racing
14.085
8.
Santino Ferrucci
DAMS
16.638
9.
Kevin Jörg
Trident
17.813
10.
Julien Falchero
Campos Racing
20.265
11.
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
23.251
12.
Jack Aitken
ART Grand Prix
23.511
13.
Bruno Baptista
DAMS
26.863
14.
Niko Kari
Arden International
27.888
15.
Steijn Schothorst
Arden International
29.709
16.
Marcos Siebert
DAMS
31.093
17.
Leonardo Pulcini
Arden International
66.654
18.
Ryan Tveter
Trident
1 LAP
Not classified
Tatiana Calderon
DAMS