Spa GP3: Daniel Abt wins as Robert Cregan crash halts race one
|By Charles Bradley||Saturday, September 1st 2012, 16:37 GMT|
The GP3 race at Spa-Francorchamps was red-flagged after just 15 minutes of its scheduled 25-minute duration due to a heavy crash that befell Robert Cregan at Pouhon on lap four.
Daniel Abt was declared the winner, after he pulled off an opportunistic move on leaders Mitch Evans and Antonio Felix da Costa at Les Combes on the third lap.
As they were so intent with their own battle, they slid wide and allowed Abt to nip past the pair of them.
Matias Laine took the lead at the start from second on the grid, but ran wide at Les Combes on the opening lap and almost took out Abt.
Evans led, before da Costa dragged past him with a neat move into Les Combes on lap two.
But as he attempted to fend off Evans's attack a lap later, Abt jumped them both.
Abt clung on to his lead at Les Combes a lap later, forcing da Costa over the sleeping policemen on the inside of the corner as they raced side-by-side.
The race was soon neutralised as Cregan came off worst from a clash between himself, David Fumanelli and Alex Brundle on the run to Pouhon, in which Cregan was fired backwards into the tyre wall on three wheels.
The tyre wall appeared to trap him in the car, and with little chance of the race restarting it was red-flagged and called as a result.
Abt won the four-lap event by 0.3 seconds from da Costa and Evans. Tio Ellinas was fourth ahead of Laine.
Aaro Vainio saw his receding championship chances diminish even further, as he finished sixth, followed by Conor Daly and Lewis Williamson.
Results - 4 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Daniel Abt Lotus 8m54.720s 2. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin + 0.321s 3. Mitch Evans MW Arden + 1.410s 4. Tio Ellinas Manor + 1.971s 5. Matias Laine MW Arden + 2.655s 6. Aaro Vainio Lotus + 3.157s 7. Conor Daly Lotus + 4.679s 8. Lewis Williamson Status + 6.081s 9. Giovanni Venturini Trident + 7.024s 10. Alex Fontana Jenzer + 7.584s 11. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer + 9.396s 12. Kevin Ceccon Ocean + 10.170s 13. Will Buller Carlin + 10.790s 14. Marlon Stockinger Status + 11.119s 15. Robert Visoiu Jenzer + 13.438s 16. Vicky Piria Trident + 15.145s 17. Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS + 16.967s 18. Alice Powell Status + 18.793s 19. Alex Brundle Carlin + 19.166s 20. David Fumanelli MW Arden + 19.480s 21. Robert Cregan Ocean + 19.787s 22. Dmitry Suranovich Manor + 20.844s 23. John Wartique Atech CRS + 22.634s 24. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS + 23.445s 25. Fabiano Machado Manor + 24.117s 26. Carmen Jorda Ocean + 27.131s