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Interesting Weekend for GP3 Competitors

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted July 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm GP3, Injury

Josef Newgarden Lands First GP3 Pole
(Photo: James Bearne Photography)

Drivers competing in the inaugural GP3 season faced an “interesting” weekend in Germany, while racing at Hockenheimring.

Following Friday’s practice session 21 drivers were penalized for ignoring caution flags in practice.  Pal Varhaug was demoted seven positions for ignoring the yellow flags and losing control of his racecar under caution.  The end result promoted American Josef Newgarden to pole, his first of the season.  Newgarden was third quickest in the session before penalties were assessed.

In Race 1, Canadian Robert Wickens worked his way forward from third to win the race, his first of the season.  British driver James Jakes trailed Wickens by 2.395 seconds at the stripe with Renger van der Zande rounding out the top-three.   Championship leader, Esteban Gutierrez finished fourth with Stefano Coletti in fifth.

In Race 2, Gutierrez returned to his winning ways claiming his fourth victory of the 2010 season while extending his grasp on the overall championship.  Daniel Juncadella, who started from pole, led the opening laps but a slight error relegated him to second.  Stefano Coletti finished in third place, earning his second top-five finish of the weekend.

Farther back in the field, two drivers were injured in the weekend’s second race.  Simon Trummer reportedly fractured his third vertebrae in a Lap-2 incident.  He was admitted to Ludwigshafen Hospital, but the latest release indicates his injuries may not be as severe as originally thought.  Jakes was also injured in Race 2 following contact with Newgarden.  The British driver underwent surgery today to repair damaged ligaments in his right arm.  Neither Trummer or Jakes have set a return-date, but both hope to be back in the cockpit as soon as possible.

With the weekend results added to the points’ championship, Gutierrez leads Wickens by 30 points with American Alexander Rossi eight points back in third place.  The Series returns to action in Budapest July 30-August 1.

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