STONEMAN TAKES FIRST INDY WIN

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For­mer GP3 race win­ner Dean Stoneman earned his first Indy Lights vic­tory last week­end in the sec­ond race of the week­end at the In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way road course.

Stoneman de­cided to fo­cus on a ca­reer in Amer­ica af­ter spending last year in For­mula Re­nault 3.5 with Red Bull back­ing, and with the An­dretti Au­tosports team the 25-year-old from Croy­don has racked up three con­sec­u­tive podi­ums.

The 2010 F2 cham­pion re­ally came to the fore in the sec­ond race at Indy, where he kept his nose clean to shuf­fle up the leader­board while car­nage en­sued. By the end of the first lap he’d un­seated Puerto Ri­can F3 con­vert Felix Ser­ralles, who re­mained his clos­est chal­lenger un­til a failed at­tempt to pass the Brit for the lead at Turn 1 meant he tum­bled down the or­der. He dropped to a fifth-placed fin­ish.

With Ser­ralles out of the way, Stoneman joined the list of Brits to win in Indy Lights, but was hounded by San­ti­ago Ur­ru­tia un­til the che­quered flag.

“We were push­ing to the ab­so­lute limit. It was an ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic race,” said Stoneman. “It was a very chal­leng­ing day to­day; you just had to be smart. It was dif­fi­cult, start­ing fifth. I’ve never been the most amaz­ing qual­i­fier but I can put it to­gether in the race. I was happy to get the lead on the first lap but you can’t get too ex­cited be­cause it can all go wrong in a hurry at those speeds.”

Stoneman had also been a fac­tor in the first race of the week­end, jump­ing from sev­enth on the grid into the lead bat­tle. He was one of many driv­ers to lead on the last lap but had to set­tle for third over­all.

The next rounds take place on the Indy oval sup­port­ing the Indy 500, on May 27.

Brit (cen­tre) cel­e­brates his maiden win at Indy

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