Bernstorff takes first win for Arden

Emil Bernstorff celebrates his first place in Belgium NNL-150827-100848002
Emil Bernstorff celebrates his first place in Belgium NNL-150827-100848002

Emil Bernstorff took his maiden win with Arden International in the GP3 Series in the fifth round of the GP3 Series Championship Spa-Francorchamps.

Emil Bernstorff took his maiden win with Arden International in the GP3 Series in the fifth round of the GP3 Series Championship Spa-Francorchamps.

The British driver, who qualified third on Saturday morning, just four tenths off pole (2:05.308) converted that into a second place finish in race one.

With a stellar start, Bernstorff ran a solid race, his momentum unscuppered despite several safety cars, to cross the line just one second behind ART driver Esteban Ocon. But Ocon was penalised for breaching virtual safety car limits which dropped him to second.

Bernstorff took 25 points to maintain his fourth place in the driver’s championship. But his second race was cut short on the opening lap when he was hit from behind, forcing him into another driver and bending his track rod and the 22-year-old was forced to retire.

Banbury team-mate Alex Bosak produced a top ten finish in race one.

Qualifying 21st (2:06.538) on the grid for Saturday’s race, the Polish driver enjoyed several overtakes on the first laps, moving up to 11th by lap three.

By lap nine the young Pole was up to eighth, fighting off pressure from Alex Palou (Campos Racing) but finished ninth taking his first points of the season.