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Gutierrez extends points lead with win

Valencia GP3 startEsteban Gutierrez extended his GP3 Series points lead with a lights-to-flag win in today's feature race at the Valencia street circuit.

The ART driver's victory never looked under serious threat, and he was able to cross the line a comfortable 2.4s clear of Status Robert Wickens, who had enjoyed a similarly uneventful run to second. Roberto Merhi completed the podium for the Atech CRS GP squad.

None of the top order were placed under too much stress, with Jean-Eric Vergne being the only one needing to keep an eye on his mirrors when Miki Monras made a late but unsuccessful push for fourth. Rio Haryanto was sixth ahead of Nico Muller.

The only point-scorer who saw genuine action was Manor's James Jakes, who worked his way through the field to put himself into contention for eighth, and then sealed it with a move on Tobias Hegewald a couple of laps before the end.

As was the case with the GP2 race, the field was thinned somewhat by accidents on the opening lap, the most notable being the Turn 1 crash that launched Felipe Guimaraes into the air after he ran into Nigel Melker.

Pos  Driver                Team         Time/Gap
 1.  Esteban Gutierrez     ART        28m00.338s
 2.  Robert Wickens        Status       + 2.484s
 3.  Roberto Merhi         Atech CRS    + 8.699s
 4.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Tech 1      + 11.634s
 5.  Miki Monras           MW Arden    + 12.030s
 6.  Rio Haryanto          Manor       + 20.832s
 7.  Nico Muller           Jenzer      + 21.415s
 8.  James Jakes           Manor       + 23.335s
 9.  Tobias Hegewald       RSC Mucke   + 29.646s
10.  Stefano Coletti       Tech 1      + 30.534s
11.  Pal Varhaug           Jenzer      + 32.402s
12.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs   Manor       + 33.021s
13.  Simon Trummer         Jenzer      + 33.624s
14.  Pablo Sanchez Lopez   Addax       + 34.886s
15.  Pedro Nunes           ART         + 36.526s
16.  Ivan Lukashevich      Status      + 45.654s
17.  Dean Smith            Carlin      + 45.871s
18.  Mirko Bortolotti      Addax       + 48.341s
19.  Daniel Morad          Status      + 49.230s
20.  Vittorio Ghirelli     Atech CRS   + 52.013s
21.  Lucas Foresti         Carlin      + 53.293s


     Michael Christensen   MW Arden   3 laps
     Felipe Guimaraes      Addax      0 laps
     Doru Sechelariu       Tech 1     0 laps
     Josef Newgarden       Carlin     0 laps
     Alexander Rossi       ART        0 laps
     Renger van der Zande  RSC Mucke  0 laps
     Leonardo Cordeiro     MW Arden   0 laps
     Nigel Melker          RSC Mucke  0 laps
     Oliver Oakes          Atech CRS  0 laps
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