Parry falls foul of the rules
Matt Parry came tantalisingly close to a double podium appearance on home soil with two combative GP3 Series races at the British Grand Prix.
The Bury St Edmunds-raised Welsh ace, who grabbed his maiden GP3 Series at Silverstone twelve months ago, was ultimately unable to overcome a brace of stewards’ decisions, and had to settle for a single fourth place finish.
Having posted a top ten time in free practice, Parry knew that there was more to come from his Koiranen GP-run Dallara in qualifying.
Parry topped the timesheet, only for the stewards to delete the effort as the #14 narrowly exceeded the prescribed track limits at Stowe.
“I can’t have been too far over the kerbs, and I don’t think anyone else was penalised at that corner, but the rules are clear,” he said.
Parry dropped to twelfth, which became eleventh on the grid when other post-session penalties were applied, and knew he would have to be aggressive in Saturday’s race if he was to secure a good points haul.
The 22-year-old battled up to fourth place but the laps ran out before he could get close enough to challenge for the podium.
“After Austria, I resolved not to be as soft in the races and it definitely paid off,” Parry said. “Fourth was a great result from where we started, but it also underlined how much better it could have been.”
He started race two, on Sunday morning, from fifth and, despite being caught up in a first corner melee as the 22-car field dealt with more treacherous conditions, was soon making up places.
He clipped the left rear wheel of pole-sitter Arjun Maini’s car as he made a pass in heavy spray on the Hangar Straight, and was comfortable in second spot when the stewards imposed a five-second time penalty for the contact.
The front wing of the Koiranen car, knocked askew by the impact, gradually worked itself loose, prompting race officials to show the black-and-orange warning flag to summon Parry into the pits. Combined with the time penalty, the unexpected stop for repairs dropped him well down the field, and he finished 16th.
Round four of the Series takes place at the Hungaroring over the weekend of July 22-24.