Gommendy Takes Surprise Win

Tristran Gommendy benefited from the misfortune of others, to emerge victorious in the second World Series by Renault race at Valencia

Gommendy Takes Surprise Win

Both Carlin Motorsport's Andreas Zuber and Epsilon's Robert Kubica looked comfortable in the lead at different stages of the race, however both finished down the field.

Zuber dominated the early stages, extending his gap to 15 seconds because he left his mandatory pitstop until the end of the allowed window.

However, the Safety Car was deployed before Zuber had pitted and series rules state you have to make your pitstop under green flag conditions. Zuber, therefore, fell down the order, when he finally made his stop.

Robert Kubica inherited the lead after Zuber pitted and looked comfortable, but his electronics failed on the penultimate lap and he coasted to a halt. It meant that Gommendy, who had only started seventh, took a surprise victory.

"It was an incredible race," Gommendy said. "We had problems in qualifying with the gearshift so we decided to stop early and then push as hard as possible. I didn't see what happened with everybody else but this should set me up well for my home race of Le Mans next month."

Local driver Andreas Valles finished second despite a last ditch attempt to take the lead from Gommendy.

Eric Salignon finished third and was also a beneficiary of others misfortune. The Frenchman spun down the order early on, but finished third after Will Power lost the final podium slot after a collision with Christian Montanari.

Salignon said: "God was with me or something - to spin, have those cars crash infront of me and for me and to then finish third is incredible."

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Tristan Gommendy KTR 40:41.311 2. Adrian Valles Pons + 0.834 3. Eric Salignon Cram + 2.533 4. Damien Pasini Cram + 5.005 5. Tomas Kostka Victory + 7.109 6. Giorgio Mondini Eurointernational + 9.849 7. Patrick Pilet Jenzer + 10.274 8. Colin Fleming Jenzer + 10.828 9. Ryo Fukuda Saulnier + 13.613 10. Andreas Zuber Carlin + 14.793 11. Simon Pagenaud Saulnier + 18.270 12. Markus Winkelhock Draco + 26.507 * 13. Daniel La Rosa Interwetten +1:24.451 14. Will Power Carlin + 1 Lap 15. Christian Montanari Draco + 1 Lap 16. Robert Kubica Epsilon + 1 Lap 17. Frederik Vervisch GD + 1 Lap 18. Mehdi Bennani Avelon + 1 Lap NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Karun Chandhok RC 19 Celso Miguez Pons 13 Raffaele Giammaria Dams 12 Giovanni Tedeschi RC 12 Enrico Toccacelo Victory 10 Ivan Bellarosa Avelon 4 Felix Porteiro Epsilon 2 Jaap Van Lagen KTR 1 Alx Danielsson Dams 1 Milos Pavlovic GD 0 
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