Mitch Evans won round 10 of the GP3 Series at Hockenheim in Germany on Sunday morning, but the event was interrupted - and pretty much ruined - by two big accidents that required medical attention for Vicky Piria and Fabiano Machado.
Lotus's Daniel Abt was the early leader, a rocket-like start taking him past poleman Evans (MW Arden), who spent the run to the first corner squeezing Tamas Pal Kiss towards the pitwall to retain second place.
The race was soon interrupted by a lengthy safety car after a lap one crash that involved Piria. Her Trident car was overtaken by Kevin Ceccon's Ocean machine, who was lunging wildly down the inside of the Spitzkehre hairpin after being relegated from third to 17th after yesterday's race for a rules infringement. Apparently distracted by Ceccon, who was going so fast he spun at the exit, she rode over the back of Robert Cregan's Ocean car and was launched into the air, landing just before a second, even harsher impact with Will Buller's Carlin machine, which launched her skyward again.
Piria stopped short of the tyrewall, but needed to be extracted while still in her seat, which took up seven laps of the race under the safety car.
At the restart, Evans wasted little time in lining up a pass on Abt. Evans made a superbly-judged outbraking move at Spitzkehre to grab the lead, taking fastest lap on that tour despite that. He was fastest of all on the next lap too, to extended a 1.1s lead over Abt when the safety car was required again.
This time, Fabiano Machado's Marussia Manor car ran wide at Turn 1 and was launched into the air when he hit a bump in the grass. The severity of the landing caused him such pain that he was unable to get out of the car, and the ambulance was required at the scene.
The race finished under the safety car in the order Evans, Abt, Daly (who passed Pal Kiss at the hairpin on the opening lap), Pal Kiss, Matias Laine, Aaro Vainio, Tio Ellinas and Giovanni Venturini. Evans extends his championship lead, with 121 points against Vainio's 103.
Results - 15 laps:
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1. Mitch Evans MW Arden 30m14.349s
2. Daniel Abt Lotus + 0.428s
3. Conor Daly Lotus + 0.987s
4. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS + 1.342s
5. Matias Laine MW Arden + 2.737s
6. Aaro Vainio Lotus + 2.917s
7. Tio Ellinas Manor + 3.086s
8. Giovanni Venturini Trident + 4.020s
9. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer + 5.553s
10. David Fumanelli MW Arden + 6.602s
11. Marlon Stockinger Status + 6.784s
12. Robert Visoiu Jenzer + 8.972s
13. Alex Brundle Carlin + 9.201s
14. Dmitry Suranovich Manor + 10.306s
15. Kevin Ceccon Ocean + 11.715s
16. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS + 12.218s
Carmen Jorda Ocean 10 laps
Fabiano Machado Manor 8 laps
Robert Cregan Ocean 5 laps
Alice Powell Status 0 laps
Will Buller Carlin 0 laps
Lewis Williamson Status 0 laps
Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin 0 laps
Vicky Piria Trident 0 laps