Bryce Aron converted pole position into his first GB3 Championship victory in a dramatic final race of the weekend at Donington Park.
Aron made a good start from pole position to lead around the first lap, and from there he was able to build a decent lead of 2.3 seconds at the end of the contest.
Branden Oxley claimed second place with a move on the first lap and took a maiden GB3 podium, while Mikkel Grundtvig benefited from a time penalty for Tommy Smith to take third place.
John Bennett claimed his best result of the weekend with fourth place for Elite Motorsport, ahead of Zak Taylor, who was involved in a late tussle with Arden’s David Morales, who lost his front wing and ended up in the gravel with a couple of laps from the end. Taylor was later disqualified from the results of the race for causing the incident.
Smith was therefore classified fifth despite his own penalty, ahead of Carlin’s race one winner Callum Voisin who gained a staggering 13 places from his starting position of 19th. Matthew Rees made identical progress for JHR Developments, surging from 20th to seventh.
Alex Connor claimed eighth for Arden Motorsport after gaining nine places, ahead of Hitech’s Luke Browning who climbed from 16th on the grid to take ninth, but still ceded the championship lead to Fortec’s Joel Granfors again, who climbed from 21st to 10th in the final classification. Granfors therefore will receive a prize tour of the Red Bull Racing F1 factory, courtesy of John Cavill.
While the top two operated clear of the field, there was plenty of action behind as the drivers went wheel to wheel around the swoops and inclines of the Donington Park circuit. The sheer drama on show was demonstrated by the amount of places gained by drivers starting further down the field, including race two winner Max Esterson who gained seven places, and Hillspeed's Nick Gilkes, who soared from 22nd and last on the grid to 12th.
GB3 Championship, partnered by the BRDC, Donington Park, Race three amended result:
1. Bryce Aron, Hitech GP, 12 laps
2. Branden Oxley, Chris Dittmann Racing, +2.359s
3. Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsport, +7.022s
4. John Bennett, Elite Motorsport, +7.627s
5. Tommy Smith, Douglas Motorsport, +16.195s
6. Callum Voisin, Carlin, +16.913s
7. Matthew Rees, JHR Developments, +17.391s
8. Alex Connor, Arden Motorsport, +17.584s
9. Luke Browning, Hitech GP, +18.134s
10. Joel Granfors, Fortec Motorsport, +18.781s
11. Max Esterson, Douglas Motorsport, +19.559s
12. Nick Gilkes, Hillspeed, +20.164s
13. Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport, +20.655s
14. James Hedley, Elite Motorsport, +21.170s
15. Nico Christodoulou, Arden Motorsport, +22.069s
16. McKenzy Cresswell, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1m08.251s
17. Marcos Flack, Douglas Motorsport, +1m09.050s
18. Javier Sagrera, Carlin, +1m09.709s
19. Cian Shields, Hitech GP, +1m20.567s
20. Roberto Faria, Carlin, +1 lap
DNF. David Morales, Arden Motorsport, 10 laps
DQ. Zak Taylor, Fortec Motorsport