Abu Dhabi GP3: Toro Rosso-bound Daniil Kvyat clinches title

Future Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat proved his graduation was richly deserved by sealing the 2013 GP3 title in the first Abu Dhabi race

Abu Dhabi GP3: Toro Rosso-bound Daniil Kvyat clinches title

Racing under the lights, a first for GP3, MW Arden racer Kvyat led from start to finish from pole position to record a dominant 4.6-second victory over Carlin duo Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly.

With erstwhile points leader Facu Regalia coming home seventh on the road, Kvyat had already done enough to be crowned champion before Regalia was dumped to 16th for ignoring yellow flags and exceeding track limits after a wild drive.

Conor Daly pulled off a fine move on Patric Niederhauser at Turn 2 on lap five to grab fourth, and chased Yelloly to the finish line.

Niederhauser failed to finish after a clash with Carlos Sainz Jr on the curving straight towards Turn 11 broke his steering and sent Sainz into a wild spin.

Jack Harvey finished fifth, ahead of series debutant Dean Stoneman, Tio Ellinas, Patrick Kujala, the recovering Sainz and Dino Zamparelli.

Results - 14 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team        Time/Gap
 1.  Daniil Kvyat         MW Arden  29m40.145s
 2.  Alexander Sims       Carlin       +4.677s
 3.  Nick Yelloly         Carlin       +7.053s
 4.  Conor Daly           ART          +7.411s
 5.  Jack Harvey          ART          +8.333s
 6.  Dean Stoneman        Koiranen    +14.900s
 7.  Tio Ellinas          Manor       +18.235s
 8.  Patrick Kujala       Koiranen    +26.882s
 9.  Carlos Sainz Jr      MW Arden    +32.830s
10.  Dino Zamparelli      Manor       +33.215s
11.  Robert Visoiu        MW Arden    +34.100s
12.  Giovanni Venturini   Trident     +34.781s
13.  Kevin Korjus         Koiranen    +35.528s
14.  Alex Fontana         Jenzer      +36.041s
15.  Emanuele Zonzini     Trident     +36.045s
16.  Facu Regalia         ART         +36.957s
17.  Robert Cregan        Trident     +38.133s
18.  Adderly Fong         Status      +39.707s
19.  Luis Sa Silva        Carlin      +40.829s
20.  Alice Powell         Bamboo      +41.277s
21.  Ryan Cullen          Manor       +44.591s
22.  Josh Webster         Status      +49.911s
23.  Samin Gomez          Jenzer    +1m30.470s
24.  Jimmy Eriksson       Status        +1 lap
                                   
Retirements:                       
     Carmen Jorda         Bamboo        4 laps
     Patric Niederhauser  Jenzer        0 laps
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