Hillspeed’s Nick Gilkes claimed victory in the final race of the GB3 season at Donington Park.
Gilkes started from pole in the fully reversed-grid contest after a penalty for Fortec Motorsport’s Mikkel Grundtvig, and the Canadian fended off Elite Motorsport’s newcomer Ayato Iwasaki into the first corner to lead the way.
Hitech driver Cian Shields took second away from Iwasaki through the Craner Curves, with Arden’s Alex Connor soon moving into third.
The front three started to pull clear of Iwasaki while Carlin’s Roberto Faria, who made up five places on the opening lap, had an early spin exiting Fogarty from fifth, and was fortunate not to be collected by the chasing pack.
Things got worse for Carlin when all three of their drivers were caught up in the same incident a few laps later. JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees dived inside Callum Voisin for 11th, but contact caused rear-left suspension for Voisin, who then went through the gravel, with his front-wing flying into the path of team-mates Sagrera and Faria.
Voisin was out on the spot, ending his hopes of finishing third in the standings, while Faria dropped down the field once more having also lost his front wing.
That caused a safety car period followed by four more laps of green flag racing, with Gilkes going on to win by 0.903s on Hillspeed’s home circuit from Shields, with Connor scoring his first podium of the season in third.
Connor’s team-mate Nico Christodoulou was fourth, less than 0.2s ahead of Fortec’s Joel Granfors, who made great progress from 13th.
Iwasaki finished sixth, while newly-crowned champion Luke Browning finished the campaign with seventh for Hitech, which overhauled Carlin to also win the teams’ title.
McKenzy Cresswell was eighth ahead of Rees and David Morales.
Race result (13 laps)
|2||Cian Shields||Hitech GP||+0.903s|
|5||Joel Granfors||Fortec Motorsports||+1.671s|
|6||Ayato Iwasaki||Elite Motorsport||+3.235s|
|7||Luke Browning||Hitech GP||+3.952s|
|8||McKenzy Cresswell||Chris Dittmann Racing||+4.699s|
|9||Matthew Rees||JHR Developments||+5.264s|
|12||Tom Lebbon||Elite Motorsport||+6.194s|
|13||Bryce Aron||Hitech GP||+7.206s|
|14||Zak Taylor||Chris Dittmann Racing||+10.549s|
|16||John Bennett||Elite Motorsport||+12.013s|
|17||Tommy Smith||Douglas Motorsport||+12.386s|
|18||Max Esterson||Douglas Motorsport||+13.227s|
|19||Mikkel Grundtvig||Fortec Motorsports||+13.384s|
|Fastest lap: Christodoulou, 1m24.046s