11 / 12 September
Arden’s Roman Bilinski won the final GB3 Championship race at Oulton Park, held in soaking wet conditions this afternoon (Sunday).
The Polish driver took the lead on the first lap having started fourth on the reverse grid, formed by the inverse of the qualifying result, and led the entire race from there.
Pole-sitter Mikkel Grundtvig was second, over eight seconds behind after being passed by Bilinski on lap one, but was three seconds clear of Frederick Lubin, who claimed his first podium for Arden Motorsport.
Javier Sagrera was fourth, just 0.438s behind Lubin and ahead of Hitech GP’s Sebastian Alvarez.
Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan climbed from 16th on the grid to take sixth place, but fell just short of guaranteeing himself the title a weekend early.
Ayrton Simmons was seventh, just 0.435s away from O’Sullivan, with Tom Lebbon (Elite), Jonathan Browne (Hillspeed) and Roberto Faria (Fortec) completing the top-10.
Grundtvig made a good start to lead the field down to Old Hall corner, while Bryce Aron alongside him made a much slower one, which aided Bilinski’s passage from fourth on the grid to second on the run down to the first corner.
Bilinski made the move for the lead at Cascades and immediately built up a gap of 1.3 seconds over Grundtvig. He stretched that gap as far to eight seconds by the chequered flag, though Grundtvig held second despite pressure from numerous drivers behind.
Hillspeed’s Jonathan Browne was the first driver to hold third position before spinning on lap three, promoting Branden Oxley to third for a lap only for Alvarez to take over the position on lap four.
Two laps later, Alvarez was demoted by Lubin and Sagrera, with Lubin holding on to take his first podium, less than half a second ahead of the Spanish driver.
The other big talking point in the event was the championship battle. O’Sullivan faced an unlikely mission to extend his lead beyond 116 points (the maximum possible score at Donington) from 15th on the grid, but he very nearly did it by climbing to sixth at the chequered flag. But the results from Simmons and Mansell means he holds a 112 point and 115 point gap over the only two other drivers who can mathematically win the championship at Donington.
GB3 Championship, in association with the BRDC, Oulton Park race three result:
1. Roman Bilinski, Arden Motorsport, 12 laps
2. Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsports, +8.150s
3. Frederick Lubin, Arden Motorsport, +11.200s
4. Javier Sagrera, Elite Motorsport, +11.638s
5. Sebastian Alvarez, Hitech GP, +18.086s
6. Zak O’Sullivan, Carlin, +18.550s
7. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, +18.985s
8. Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport, +24.531s
9. Jonathan Browne, Hillspeed, +25.052s
10. Roberto Faria, Fortec Motorsports, +31.014s
11. Christian Mansell, Carlin, +31.528s
12. Branden Oxley, Chris Dittmann Racing, +33.585s
13. Bryce Aron, Carlin, +34.174s
14. Bart Horsten, Hitech GP, +34.417s
15. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +1m35.610s
DNF. Reema Juffali, Douglas Motorsport, 6 laps completed
DNF. Luke Browning, Fortec Motorsports, 1 lap completed
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