A Season in Review - 2014 GP3
The fifth GP3 season, with a span of nine events was being held from 10th May to 23rd of November and was claimed by Red Bull Junior driver Alex Lynn driving for Carlin Motorsport, winning 207 points. Dean Stoneman of Koiranen followed him with 167, while the third place was claimed by Marvin Kirchhöffer, who was driving for ART Grand Prix. In total, there were 37 drivers organized in nine teams and eighteen races – one feature, and reverse-grid sprint race.
The first race of the season was Circut de Barcelona, where Alex Lynn held both pole and the first place in the first race, while the second round was claimed by Dean Stoneman. At Red Bull Ring, it was Lynn again who won the race followed by Swede Jimmy Eriksson, with his team mate Emil Bernstorff winning the second one. At the legendary Silverstone, at both pole and the highest podium was Jimmy Eriksson with Lynn now behind him, while Richie Stanway was the fastest one in the reverse grid race.
Marvin Kirchhöfer dominated the Hockenheimring race winning both pole and first race with Lynn at the second place, and Jann Mardenborough, the GT Academy winner for 2011, won round two. At Hungaroring, it was Stanaway to claim the victory followed by Nick Yelloly, with Swiss driver Patric Niederhauser winning the second round. Despite Luca Ghiotto winning the pole, it was Dean Stoneman who was the fastest on the great Spa-Francochamps. Zamparelli was second-best while Jimmy Eriksson of Koiranen won the second round.
In Monza, Eriksson held his pole position throughout the race, followed by Zamparelli. In the second round, it was Stoneman at the first place. For the first time, supporting the Russian Grand Prix, a GP3 event was held in Sochi Autodrom, and it was dominated by Dean Stoneman who won both the pole position and the first round, as well as second place in the round 2, won by Niederhauser.
The final race was held at Yas Marina Circuit in UAE and was won by Stoneman, despite Kirchhöfer’s pole position. The sprint race was won by Nick Yelloly. Having acquired two pole positions three first places, as well as second positions in UK, Germany, Italy and UAE, Lynn has had a great season, and is to drive for DAMS in 2015 GP2 season. As a vice champion, Stoneman is still weighing his options for the next season, and we are eagerly waiting for the excitements that the next season is for sure going to bring!