Esteban Ocon clinched GP3 Series crown
ART Grand Prix and Mercedes junior Esteban Ocon clinched the GP3 Series crown today at the season’s finale in Abu Dhabi by finishing Race 2 in third place. He took the title by eight points from Trident’s Luca Ghiotto. It was also celebration time for Campos Racing rookie Alex Palou who scored his debut GP3 win ahead of Carlin’s Antonio Fuoco.
Palou started from reverse pole alongside Fuoco and they remained in the same positions until the end of the races, but all eyes were on two title contenders Ghiotto and Ocon. They started fourth and fifth respectively. Ocon had a six point advantage and Ghiotto’s only chance was to win. Ocon had a good start and jumped to the third in the opening lap, he defended his position and dominantly took the title. Ghiotto finished in fourth ahead of Jimmy Eriksson, Emil Bernstorff, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Pal Varhaug. Kirchhöfer edged Bernstorff in the Drivers’ Standings to finish third overall this season by six points.
The winner of Saturday’s race was ART Grand Prix’s Marvin Kirchhöfer. Esteban Ocon led the race from start to finish but the Frenchman was given a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits and gaining and advantage on lap one, so he dropped to fourth place. Kirchhöfer was promoted to first, ahead Arden International’s Emil Bernstorff and Koiranen GP’s Jimmy Eriksson. Luca Ghiotto finished fifth.
ART Grand Prix did the double with both the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles wrapped up; and it was Trident who finished runner-up, just ahead of Arden International. The action in GP3 Series resumes next week (02-04 December) with post-season testing at the Yas Marina Circuit.
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