Esterson gets first GB3 win at Donington from Browning and Granfors

Max Esterson took his first win in slicks-and-wings racing by taking Race 2 honours in the GB3 Championship at Donington Park.

The Walter Hayes Trophy winner started on pole after taking third on Saturday afternoon, ahead of Race 1 winner Callum Voisin, Joel Granfors and Matthew Rees who hoped to avoid a repeat of their first-lap incident on Saturday afternoon.

Alex Connor got a slow start, but everyone was able to avoid him as Voisin tried to hold on around the outside of Esterson.

But he ran out of room on the exit of the Old Hairpin and bounced across the grass, coming back on in sixth place.

David Morales boxed at the end of the first lap without a front wing, while things remained close up and down the order.

Esterson still led after two laps, ahead of Luke Browning and Granfors, Browning having set the fastest lap on Lap 2.

Nico Christodoulou was putting in a strong showing in only his second GB3 race, getting past McKenzy Cresswell into P11.

Morales rejoined once his front wing had been replaced, while the top three began to break away from James Hedley in fourth.

Connor moved ahead of Javier Sagrera as he tried to atone for his slow start, getting back up to ninth.

Browning continued to close the gap to Esterson, setting the fastest lap again with a 1:23.276 on Lap 3, though that was only a few hundredths quicker than Esterson’s best effort.

The American responded by putting in a 1:23.123 a lap later, extending his lead to 0.9s, with Granfors a similar distance behind Browning.

Browning then went two tenths quicker than the leader on the next lap, but still eight hundredths behind the fastest lap at the time.

Rees ran sixth, and set the fastest Sector 2 time on Lap 9 as he looked to challenge Roberto Faria in the late stages.

The gap between Esterson and Browning was just half a second at the start of the penultimate lap, with the Douglas Motorsport driver holding on to take his first GB3 win, and the team’s first since Ulysse de Pauw drove for the team in 2020.

Granfors completed the podium, ahead of Hedley, Faria, Rees, Voisin, Tom Lebbon, Alex Connor and Javier Sagrera.

GB3 Donington Race 2 Results:

Pos. No. Name Nat. Team Laps/Gap
1 42 Max Esterson USA Douglas Motorsport 12 laps
2 5 Luke Browning GBR Hitech GP +0.762s
3 50 Joel Granfors SWE Fortec Motorsport +3.357s
4 67 James Hedley GBR Elite Motorsport +5.540s
5 7 Roberto Faria BRA Carlin +5.983s
6 53 Matthew Rees GBR JHR Developments +6.506s
7 35 Callum Voisin GBR Carlin +8.369s
8 34 Tom Lebbon GBR Elite Motorsport +10.143s
9 32 Alex Connor GBR Arden Motorsport +10.712s
10 31 Javier Sagrera SPA Carlin +13.147s
11 22 Nico Christodoulou CAN Arden Motorsport +13.647s
12 8 McKenzy Cresswell GBR Chris Dittmann Racing +15.864s
13 27 John Bennett GBR Elite Motorsport +17.113s
14 11 Marcos Flack AUS Douglas Motorsport +21.425s
15 6 Cian Shields GBR Hitech GP +25.532s
16 21 Zak Taylor GBR Fortec Motorsport +26.383s
17 43 Mikkel Grundtvig DEN Fortec Motorsport +27.975s
18 64 Nick Gilkes CAN Hillspeed +28.554s
19 4 Bryce Aron USA Hitech GP +29.457s
20 68 Branden Oxley GBR Chris Dittmann Racing +29.820s
21 16 Tommy Smith AUS Douglas Motorsport +32.336s
22 77 David Morales USA Arden Motorsport +1 lap

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