GB3 Silverstone (Saturday)

GB3 Silverstone (Saturday)

Joel Granfors says “it was a really great opportunity for me” after he dominated Race 1 of the weekend at Silverstone for Fortec Motorsports.

His title rival Luke Browning got put to the back of the grid for all three races after a technical infringement in Qualifying.

The Swede closed down Browning’s lead in the championship to just 6.5 points with two rounds remaining after Silverstone at Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

Granfors said after his peerless drive in Race 1: “It was a really great opportunity for me especially now when he (Browning) starts last and started P2 in this race and got a good launch off the start.

“There was a lot of grip on the inside I wasn’t expecting that so I almost bogged down a bit at the start but managed to get Voisin down to Turn 1 and then he came back with the slipstream down to Maggotts and Becketts. 

“We went side by side through there and then after that he started fighting with Sagrera so just managed to pull a gap.

“And then when I saw that Voisin overtook Sagrera I don’t know what lap but later on in the race and he started pushing I just knew it was too big of a gap so I wasn’t really to bothered to do anything I just saved the tyres as much as possible for Race 3.”

Browning stormed through the field from P21 to finish in P11 after making up ten places in the opening two laps salvaging 11 points from a tough day for the 20-year-old.

The Briton explained after Race 1 that he would like rain to fall at Silverstone on Sunday as he attempts to battle through the field and take as little pain as possible in his championship battle with Granfors.

“Yeah I would like rain tomorrow that would be really helpful so fingers crossed but I think it’s looking positive but if not I think an other one of them it’s damage limitation again so that wouldn’t be the end of the world.”

James Hedley switched teams from Elite Motorsport to JHR Developments prior to the previous round at Spa-Francorchamps during his first season of GB3.

The Poole resident knows JHR well after his season with them in the 2020 British F4 campaign where he scored three wins at Thruxton.

Hedley explained his mid-season change of team: “Yeah obviously I’ve been with them before in F4 and just settled in nicely with them. Testing was going well and obviously still getting used to the car but it’s a good car, just need to get behind it a bit more.”

Image: GB3 Championship

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