Hungary GP3: Aaro Vainio victorious after Conor Daly battle
|By Andrew van de Burgt||Saturday, July 27th 2013, 16:10 GMT|
Aaro Vainio completed a lights-to-flag victory in the opening GP3 race in Hungary.
The Korainen racer made a good start, keeping ART's Conor Daly behind through the first corner.
Over the next half a dozen laps he stretched the lead to over 2.5 seconds, before Daly started to reel him in.
But the gap was never under a second until the race was neutralised with just four laps to go.
The late safety car was brought out by a nasty looking crash between Luis Sa Silva and Emanuele Zonzini, which ended with the latter flying over the back of the former's car on the exit of Turn 1. Both drivers were unhurt in the incident.
At the restart Daly made an excellent exit through the final turn, and managed to run side-by-side with Vainio through Turn 2. But the Finn held on to secure a great win.
Russian Daniil Kvyat claimed third for MW Arden, while Jack Harvey was fourth for ART.
Carlos Sainz Jr made a stunning start, which helped him to fifth, while sixth for ART's Facu Regalia owed much to his great getaway too.
Points leader Tio Ellinas failed to score for the first time this season for Manor following a fraught afternoon.
In a race of few overtaking moves, the main action took place for the final points-paying positions. Kevin Lorjus took seventh, Robert Visoiu eighth, Patrick Niederhauser ninth and Giovanni Venturini 10th and the final point.
Results - 17 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Aaro Vainio Koiranen 29m17.213s 2. Conor Daly ART +0.691s 3. Daniil Kvyat MW Arden +4.853s 4. Jack Harvey ART +7.061s 5. Carlos Sainz Jr MW Arden +7.262s 6. Facu Regalia ART +7.507s 7. Kevin Korjus Koiranen +8.588s 8. Robert Visoiu MW Arden +9.307s 9. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer +10.295s 10. Giovanni Venturini Trident +11.550s 11. Alex Fontana Jenzer +12.736s 12. Tio Ellinas Manor +13.175s 13. Dino Zamparelli Manor +14.139s 14. Jimmy Eriksson Status +16.751s 15. Patrick Kujala Koiranen +18.645s 16. Nick Yelloly Carlin +18.793s 17. David Fumanelli Trident +19.245s 18. Melville McKee Bamboo +21.309s 19. Eric Lichtenstein Carlin +21.428s 20. Samin Gomez Jenzer +21.725s 21. Adderly Fong Status +22.012s 22. Josh Webster Status +22.372s 23. Carmen Jorda Bamboo +22.793s 24. Lewis Williamson Bamboo +23.417s Retirements: Driver Team Laps Luis Sa Silva Carlin 12 Emanuele Zonzini Trident 12 Josh Webster Status 6