David Beckmann rockets to victory in Spa Race 1

//David Beckmann rockets to victory in Spa Race 1

David Beckmann rockets to victory in Spa Race 1

German driver clinches maiden win for Trident one-two finish
David Beckmann produced an assured drive in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, to clinch his first ever GP3 Series victory, seeing off the threat of Trident teammate Ryan Tveter to secure an one-two finish for the Italian team. ART Grand Prix’s Anthoine Hubert finished in third, having been unsuccessful in mounting a challenge on Tveter in the late stages of the race.
In the coldest conditions experienced in a race this season, the thermometer barely pushing 10°c at the start, the field lined up on the medium compound Pirellis despite damp patches on the circuit. As the lights went out, Beckmann grabbed a perfect start and immediately powered into a strong lead, taking advantage of the remainder of the field becoming congested at La Source. From eighth on the grid, Tveter slipped through into second as the ART trio of Hubert, Nikita Mazepin and Jake Hughes were bunched up on the outside of the corner – the American dived down the inside, with Pedro Piquet taking an early third.
With Beckmann disappearing up the road, Tveter and Piquet battled hard for third in the opening corners – Tveter going wide at Les Combes. Piquet was unable to capitalise, as Hubert repassed the Brazilian on the run down to Bruxelles, leaving him vulnerable to the advances of Hughes. By the end of the first lap, Beckmann held a 2.2 second lead, prompting Tveter to dial up the pace.
On the next tour of the seven kilometre circuit, Tveter had halved the deficit to Beckmann and was angling to be within DRS range of his German teammate. Hughes, meanwhile, had dispatched Piquet at the Kemmel Straight, and immediately set after Hubert with the intent of challenging for a podium.
Beckmann hit back, starting a rally between himself and Tveter as the pair traded fastest laps over the next series of laps. Regardless, Tveter was able to home in, and by lap 8 had managed to collect DRS to try and reel Beckmann towards him. The subsequent lap was Tveter’s best chance of making an overtake, getting close at the Kemmel Straight, but went deep into Les Combes and took to the run-off. This gave Beckmann some respite, and was able to open the lead up once again ahead of the race’s second half.
Hubert then began to close in to Tveter, setting a fastest lap while battle for eighth place began to rage on behind them – as Joey Mawson defended hard from Giuliano Alesi. The pair began to catch the scrapping ARTs of Mazepin and Callum Ilott, who had almost come to blows earlier on in the race at Les Combes. Alesi attempted to launch a move on Mawson at La Source with DRS, but caught a lock-up and had to let the Australian go
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With Tveter occupied by the impending threat of Hubert, Beckmann was able to manage his tyres and keep a sufficient gap to those behind him, keeping his head to chalk up his first ever victory in GP3, 1.3s clear of Tveter at the line. Tveter absorbed Hubert’s overtures with DRS to clinch second – his best result of the season.
Behind them, Hughes began to struggle with his performance late into the race, losing fourth to Piquet before slipping into the clutches of Mazepin and Ilott, who quickly engulfed their teammate and fed him to the chasing duo of Mawson and Alesi. Battling with Mawson over seventh on the final lap, the Arden driver briefly found his way past before Hughes was able to reclaim the place. Mawson will assume reverse-grid pole in tomorrow’s Race 2 having settled for eighth, while Alesi and Calderon completed the scorers – the Colombian passing Jenzer teammate Juan Manuel Correa late on in the race.
2018 GP3 Series Round 6 – Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium – Race 1 Provisional Results
DRIVER
TEAM
1
David Beckmann
Trident
2
Ryan Tveter
Trident
3
Anthoine Hubert
ART Grand Prix
4
Pedro Piquet
Trident
5
Nikita Mazepin
ART Grand Prix
6
Callum Ilott
ART Grand Prix
7
Jake Hughes
ART Grand Prix
8
Joey Mawson
Arden International
9
Giuliano Alesi
Trident
10
Tatiana Calderon
Jenzer Motorsport
11
Juan-Manuel Correa
Jenzer Motorsport
12
Simo Laaksonen
Campos Racing
13
Gabriel Aubry
Arden International
14
Niko Kari
MP Motorsport
15
Leonardo Pulcini
Campos Racing
16
Julien Falchero
Arden International
17
Richard Verschoor
MP Motorsport
18
Devlin DeFrancesco
MP Motorsport
19
Diego Menchaca
Campos Racing
20
Jannes Fittje
Jenzer Motorsport
Fastest Lap: Anthoine Hubert (ART Grand Prix) – 2:07.684 on Lap 15
2018-08-25T10:45:09+00:00August 25th, 2018|GP 3 Series|