Valles lucks into race one victory

Adrian Valles lucked into a second win of the season in the first World Series by Renault race at Monza

Valles lucks into race one victory

On a damp and slippery track, pole sitter Felix Porteiro took an early lead and battled hard with Patrick Pilet for most of the race. However, with three laps to go, Pilet passed Porteiro for the lead at the Parabolica, but in defending his lead he ran over the grass at the first chicane and spun.

Porteiro had to momentarily back off to avoid hitting Pilet, allowing Valles, who had been holding a watching brief on the leading pair throughout, to sneak through and take the victory. It was his first since the sprint race at Donington Park.

Markus Winkelhock took his sixth podium finish of the season with third, closing to within a second of Porteiro by the chequered flag.

Pilet recovered and finish fourth, which was still his best result of the season.

Former GP2 runner Ryan Sharp was in contention at the beginning of the race, having been one of only three drivers to gamble on wet tyres. He vaulted form eighth on the grid to third within two laps, but despite the extra grip, he spun off at Roggia.

Newly crowned champion Robert Kubica registered his first non-finish of the season, after a collision with Colin Fleming sent him into the gravel.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Team Time 1. Valles Pons Racing 27:53.769 2. Porteiro Epsilon Euskadi + 2.048 3. Winkelhock Draco Multiracing Usa + 2.856 4. Pilet GD Racing + 15.446 5. Gommendy KTR + 19.057 6. Salignon Cram Competition + 19.767 7. Miguez Pons Racing + 21.745 8. Rigon Victory Engineering + 22.464 9. Van Lagen KTR + 23.351 10. Monfardini Dams + 25.000 11. Pagenaud DHG Saulnier Racing + 26.534 12. Montanari Draco Multiracing Usa + 29.266 13. Watts Eurointernational + 30.855 14. Tedeschi RC Motorsport + 43.746 15. Pellegrino RC Motorsport + 45.056 16. Antinucci Victory Engineering + 53.616 17. Bellarosa Avelon Formula + 57.283 18. Fukuda DHG Saulnier Racing +1:21.724 19. Bennani Avelon Formula + 1 lap 20. Mondini Carlin Motorsport + 3 laps NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Team On Lap Pasini Cram Competition 12 Fleming Jenzer Motorsport 10 Rees Interwetten 6 Iaconelli Interwetten 6 Kubica Epsilon Euskadi 5 Pavlovic GD Racing 5 Maldonado Dams 5 Zuber Carlin Motorsport 3 Sharp Jenzer Motorsport 2 Meneghello Eurointernational 0 
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