Conor Daly wins for Lotus GP in GP3 race two at Barcelona
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, May 13th 2012, 08:23 GMT|
Lotus GP's Conor Daly scored his maiden GP3 victory in the second race of the opening weekend of the season at Barcelona in Spain.
From third on the grid, Daly outsprinted polesitter Robert Visoiu (Jenzer) via the grass into Turn 1, as front row starter Tio Ellinas of Manor took the lead having blatantly jumped the start.
When Ellinas pitted for his drive-through penalty on lap six, Daly was able to cruise to victory 3.2 seconds clear of Visoiu. Mathias Laine finished third, as his MW Arden team-mate David Fuminelli lost his fourth position with a drive-through penalty due to setting a purple sector while yellow flags were out.
That promoted Lotus's Aaro Vainio to fourth, ahead of Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer). Antonio Felix da Costa (Carlin) barged his way past Lotus man Daniel Abt in the battle between Saturday's penalised leaders to finish sixth from 14th on the grid, before later getting a one-second penalty for contact, reversing their positions.
Ellinas finished 15th, with Fumanelli 17th. Saturday's runner-up Marlon Stockinger finished 19th for Status after a horrendously poor start caused by an electrical problem, while opening race winner Mitch Evans was only 20th after pitting to have a punctured rear tyre replaced.
MW Arden driver Evans still leads the championship by two points, however, ahead of Daly.
Results - 16 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Conor Daly Lotus 27m21.043s 2. Robert Visoiu Jenzer + 3.265s 3. Matias Laine MW Arden + 4.168s 4. Aaro Vainio Lotus + 4.877s 5. Patric Niederhauser Jenzer + 5.669s 6. Antonio Felix da Costa Carlin + 8.688s 7. Daniel Abt Lotus + 9.341s 8. Alex Brundle Carlin + 9.833s 9. William Buller Carlin + 12.090s 10. Kevin Ceccon Ocean + 12.401s 11. Alice Powell Status + 13.664s 12. Kotaro Sakurai Status + 16.703s 13. John Wartique Atech CRS + 21.703s 14. Jakub Klasterka Jenzer + 25.550s 15. Tio Ellinas Manor + 28.133s 16. Vicky Piria Trident + 31.239s 17. David Fumanelli MW Arden + 31.608s 18. Ethan Ringel Atech CRS + 37.862s 19. Marlon Stockinger Status + 38.449s 20. Mitch Evans MW Arden + 51.421s 21. Carmen Jorda Ocean + 1m16.560s Retirements: Fabiano Machado Manor 12 laps Robert Cregan Ocean 0 laps Tamas Pal Kiss Atech CRS 0 laps Antonio Spavone Trident 0 laps Dmitry Suranovich Manor 0 laps