Rio Haryanto takes maiden victory in Auto GP race two at Valencia
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, September 4th 2011, 10:58 GMT|
Indonesia's Rio Haryanto won the second Auto GP race at Valencia on Sunday morning, overcoming Adam Carroll to score the DAMS team's second victory of the weekend.
Starting fourth on the grid, he made a rocket-like start to grab second place behind Carroll (Campos Racing) in the opening two corners. After stalking Carroll for four laps, Haryanto made a decisive pass into Turn 2 on lap five.
Once ahead, he immediately pulled well away from Carroll, who was left to defend from fellow front row starter Samuele Buttarelli (TP Formula), which he managed to do for the rest of the race to claim second. GP3 race winner Haryanto won by almost 10s to take his first victory in the series.
Adrien Tambay (Campos) finished fourth, but was made to work hard for it. Fabrizio Crestani (Lazarus) did not give him a moment's rest from start to finish, but Tambay held on by just over a tenth of a second. In a rare overtaking move, Fabio Onidi (Lazarus) grabbed sixth from Adrian Campos Jr (Campos) with a great lunge at the final corner.
Campos would later go off at Turn 2, allowing GP2 star Luca Filippi to finish seventh for Super Nova. Saturday race winner Sergei Afanasiev (DAMS) was pushed onto the grass at the start, and dropped to 12th. He was running 11th until making a pitstop on lap 14, meaning he finished last.
Results - 17 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Rio Haryanto DAMS 24m42.401s 2. Adam Carroll Campos + 9.479s 3. Samuele Buttarelli TP + 10.204s 4. Adrien Tambay Campos + 11.597s 5. Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus + 11.773s 6. Fabio Onidi Lazarus + 12.135s 7. Luca Filippi Super Nova + 14.732s 8. Kevin Ceccon Ombra + 17.155s 9. Giovanni Venturini Durango + 18.011s 10. Pasquale di Sabatino TP + 19.728s 11. Daniel de Jong MP + 21.469s 12. Giuseppe Cipriani Durango + 31.581s 13. Francesco Dracone Emmebi + 32.811s 14. Sergei Afanasiev DAMS + 1m01.395s Retirements: Adrian Campos Jr Campos 15 laps