Loake and Ping take race wins at Silverstone as Loake extends championship lead
JHR Developments’ Joseph Loake and Arden VRD’s Noah ping were the two race winners on Sunday at Silverstone, with Loake extending his 31-point lead in the championship after the British Grand Prix.
After winning his race one victory yesterday (Saturday 6 May), Loake followed on to take another triumph in the weekends second race this morning, with Ping taking his first GB3 victory in the final race this afternoon.
Surging from 10th on the grid, Loake claimed the win as John Bennett took the flag for the second time this weekend but was once again handed a penalty for an on-track incident.
Elite Motorsport’s McKenzy Cresswell was classified in second, claiming his first podium of the season after starting from seventh on the grid.
Rodin Carlin’s Callum Voisin claimed the third and final position on the podium for race two after starting from sixth.
Bennett’s penalty landed him in fourth place ahead of Fortec’s Jarrod Waberski in fifth and the third Rodin Carlin driver Costa Toparis completing the top six.
Championship leader, Joseph Loake, commented: “I was really happy with P2 [in race one] and over the moon when that became my second win of the season.
“In the slippery conditions for race two, it was so hard to get it right, but we ended up P2 again, which became a win also which was fantastic.”
Race three began with the reverse grid finale of the weekend and provided some spectacular action around the curves of Silverstone.
Ping made a strong start from fourth on the grid and ran second for most of the opening lap but managed to close the gap on pole sitter Ayato Iwasaki and passed with at lunge at Brooklands.
Ping extended his advantage to four seconds and although Oliver Stewart and Callum Voisin finished in podium positions, time penalties for track limit violations meant that Nico Christodoulou, who started in ninth, completed an Arden VDR 1-2 finish with his first podium.
Chris Dittmann Racing’s French driver Arthur Rogeon completed a trio of first-time podium finishers after a battling drive to third place.
Despite his time penalty and battling up the grid from 12th, Voisin claimed fourth on the podium for race three with Cresswell claiming fifth from 13th on the grid. Hitech Pulse-Eight’s Alex Dunne gained 12 places in the race and claimed sixth.
Race three winner, Noah Ping, said: “I can’t say thanks enough to this team, they work really hard. Our car was insane, I could plant the throttle whenever I wanted, I could roll the speed I wanted, it never seemed to drop off.
“I saw I had some consistent lap times there, it was just about hitting my marks and keeping my eyes forward.” The weekend results give Loake a 31 point lead over Voisin at the top of the standings with Arden VRD’S James Hedley sitting in third as the action moves to Spa next.