Palmer extends GP2 lead at Silverstone

Richie Stanaway leads Nick Yelloly during Sunday's GP3 race at Silverstone
Richie Stanaway leads Nick Yelloly during Sunday's GP3 race at Silverstone
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British racer, Jolyon Palmer, has extended his lead at the top of the GP2 Series points table following two solid performances at Silverstone during the weekend’s Santander British Grand Prix event, write Colin and James Beckett.

Driving for the DAMS team, Palmer finished second in the GP2 Feature Race on Saturday afternoon, before coming home fourth in Sunday’s Sprint Race.

The racer, who is looking to graduate to F1 in 2015, said afterwards: “This has been a good weekend for me. Racing at Silverstone in events at the British Grand Prix always give a home driver a huge boost and I am very happy with how my weekend went.

“A podium finish in race one was good and I hoped I would follow that up with another on Sunday, but I was just unable to make it. Now I have a lead of 38 points and I hope to extend that in Germany in the next race.”

Mitch Evans scored a well-deserved victory in the opening GP2 race for the RT Russian Time team, while on Sunday Felipe Nasr was victorious for the Carlin team.

The Sahara Force India supported Hilmer Motorsport team showed signs of improvement at Silverstone, having not enjoyed the best of starts to their 2014 season.

Personnel changes added a new dimension to the team’s engineering department, and Jon Lancaster was drafted in to replace the former GP3 race winner, Facu Regalia, who has left.

Lancaster finished 22nd on Saturday before improving to 14th on Sunday, while Daniel Abt was able to celebrate his first point-scoring drive of the year in the Feature Race by finishing 10th.

He said: “For me, the season started here. We’ve not had a great start to the season but I feel that here at Silverstone things began to improve. I am now looking forward to the remaining six events of the 2014 calendar.”

Conor Daly, winner of the Walter Hayes Trophy in 2008, finished the races in 14th and 11th for the Venezuela GP Lazarus team.

Clemens Schmid recorded his first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race win on Sunday, winning the 13-lap international support race for Lechner Racing from points leader, Kuba Giermaziak.

Former Walter Hayes Trophy winner, Connor de Phillippi, made his first appearance at Silverstone since winning the famous Formula Ford 1600 event and finished fourth for the Forch Racing by Lukas Motorsport team, while TV star, Kelvin Fletcher, who plays Andy Sugden in Emmerdale, was 22nd, driving a Porsche entered by Porsche Cars GB.

In Sunday’s GP3 Series race, the Silverstone-based Status Grand Prix team celebrated a 1-2 finish.

Richie Stanaway and Nick Yelloly were the class of the field and dominated the 15-lap race around Silverstone to record the team’s best result of the 2014 season.

Stanaway, from New Zealand, won the race from his team-mate by nearly three seconds. He said: “This is a great feeling to win here at Silverstone. The season has been going quite well for us but this weekend things began to step up a gear and I’m pleased to score a win.”

Stanaway’s victory has moved him up to third in the GP3 standings, 28 points behind leader Alex Lynn with 12 races still remaining.

In Saturday’s opening race, won by former Status driver, Jimmy Eriksson, Yelloly finished fifth with Stanaway seventh. Alfonso Celis Jr., driving the team’s third car, finished 16th and 10th.

The young Mexican said: “This has been the best weekend of my GP3 season so far. The whole team worked well together and I think we are all looking forward to Germany.”