The GP3 Series headed to France for Rounds 3 & 4 of the Championship on the 22-24 June. Mawson headed the Arden trio in Qualifying, setting the 10th fastest time. After competing last week in the infamous Le Mans 24hr event Aubry suffered a technical issue in Free Practice, meaning he only completed 1 push lap - therefore compromising his preparation for qualifying and familiarity with the GP3 car after driving the LMP2 car so extensively.
Saturday in the opening race of the weekend took place under
bright sunshine as the race got underway. All three drivers got away well and gained
a position from where they started from.
Mawson was battling in the points from the off, having to resist constant
pressure from the two ART drivers of Callum Illot and Jake Hughes – especially
in the closing stages of the race.
In a rather stagnant race, Mawson managed to hold off his rivals behind to
finish in 9th position – scoring two championship points.
Post-race, following scrutineering – all drivers were promoted two positions in the classification, meaning Mawson finished 7th and would start Race Two from 2nd on the grid, with Aubry and Falchero promoted to 15th and 16th.
Sunday’s partially reversed Race Two saw Mawson drop to 3rd
at the start after a fast-starting Pedro Piquet hit the front. Mawson managed
to hold his own in the final podium spot for the duration of the race.
The Australian held on to the end of the race, crossing the line in 3rd position to take his maiden podium in the GP3 Series, as well as Arden’s first podium of the 2018 season. Falchero endured a more challenging race, finishing the race in 15th position, with Aubry sadly being unable to finish the race following an opening lap incident.
The GP3 Series heads to the Red Bull Ring in Austria next weekend, in the second leg of a ‘Triple Header’ weekend of racing in the championship on the 29th June – 1st July.