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Race three: Grundtvig grabs victory in final 2021 race

Race three: Grundtvig grabs victory in final 2021 race

Sunday 17 October 2021

Fortec Motorsports’ Mikkel Grundtvig claimed his second win of the year in the reverse grid race three contest at Donington Park.

Grundtvig headed home Alex Fores and Frederick Lubin, while Ayrton Simmons secured P2 in the driver’s championship with 10th place.

Grundtvig made a good start from pole position to lead the 21 car field down to Redgate on the first lap, while Fores sliced past Douglas Motorsport duo Reema Juffali and Tommy Smith to grab second place on the exit of the first corner.

Grundtvig led the field round the first lap, establishing a three quarters of a second lead over Fores while Lubin jumped from seventh on the grid to third at the end of lap one.

From there it was all about Grundtvig keeping Fores behind him, with the Chris Dittmann Racing driver unable to quite get into the tow, but pretty much always within a second of the leader, while Lubin operated comfortably in third.

Behind them the main talking point was the battle for second place in the driver’s championship, with Ayrton Simmons, Christian Mansell and Reece Ushijima still in contention for the position.

However all three hit trouble, with Mansell falling down the order rather than going forwards, and being involved in a clash with Javier Sagrera, before finishing 16th. Ushijima pitted early with a rear puncture which put paid to his chances of taking second place, while Simmons carved through the field from 14th on the grid, running as high as seventh at one point but dropped down to 10th with front wing damage. But those points ensured he grabbed second place in the championship, with Mansell taking third.

Grundtvig ultimately won the race by just under a second from Fores, who claimed his first podium in the championship, with Lubin making it two podiums in two weekends as he ended his season on a high for Arden Motorsport.

Roberto Faria was one of the stars of the race, climbing from 15th on the grid up to fourth ahead of Elite’s Tom Lebbon.

Hillspeed’s Jonathan Browne took sixth place ahead of Sebastian Alvarez, while 2021 champion Zak O’Sullivan climbed from 21st on the grid to take eighth, a gain of 13 places.

Roman Bilinski (Arden) and Simmons completed the top-10 in the final race of the season, and the final contest for the current GB3 Tatuus-Mountune car, with the new Tatuus-MSV 022 to be introduced in time for next season.

GB3 Championship in association with the BRDC, Donington Park, race three provisional result:
1. Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsports, 12 laps
2. Alex Fores, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.958s
3. Frederick Lubin, Arden Motorsport, +2.265s
4. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +6.571s
5. Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport, +9.299s
6. Jonathan Browne, Hillspeed, +9.576s
7. Sebastian Alvarez, Hitech GP, +9.931s
8. Zak O’Sullivan, Carlin, +10.974s
9. Roman Bilinski, Arden Motorsport, +11.840s
10. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +16.352s
11. Bart Horsten, Hitech GP, +17.030s
12. Eduardo Coseteng, Fortec Motorsports, +17.401s
13. James Hedley, Elite Motorsport, +19.553s
14. Bryce Aron, Carlin, +20.002s
15. Reema Juffali, Douglas Motorsport, +20.445s
16. Christian Mansell, Carlin, +20.589s
17. Flynn Jackes, Hillspeed, +21.613s
18. Tommy Smith, Douglas Motorsport, +23.615s
19. Branden Oxley, Chris Dittmann Racing, +25.191s
20. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +26.389s
DNF. Javier Sagrera, Elite Motorsport, five laps completed

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