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Kvyat leaves chaos behind to dominate first Monza race

by Peter Allen
Daniil Kvyat

Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Media Service

Daniil Kvyat capitalised on starting from pole position for the first GP3 race in Monza to leave a chaotic start behind him and claim a dominant victory that puts him second in the championship.

Kvyat held his lead off the start and was handed a good advantage when Dino Zamparelli took the decision to cut across the inside approaching the first corner, clattering into Marussia Manor team-mate Tio Ellinas and putting another serious dent in the Cypriot’s title challenge by taking him out of third place.

Carlos Sainz had made a fast start from sixth to follow Red Bull stable-mate Kvyat into turn one, but he was sent facing the wrong way on the exit by the helpless Ellinas. The Spaniard was able to take advantage of the speed advantage MW Arden have had this weekend to fight his way upto the points in ninth.

Nick Yelloly steered his way through the trouble to take second for Carlin, albeit 5.3 seconds behind Kvyat. Moments before the start, championship leader Facu Regalia had spun off towards the pit entry but was able to take up his eighth-place grid slot and come through and score his sixth podium of the year in third, holding off a race-long attack from Lewis Williamson in order to do so.

With both Ellinas and Conor Daly sustaining damage in the first lap melee, Regalia continues to lead the championship. His lead has decreased however, as Kvyat has climbed to second and closed the gap to 11 points after hauling the maximum 32 points for pole, victory and fastest lap.

Regalia and Williamson had relegated Carlin substitute Alexander Sims down to fifth, with the Briton finishing ahead of Kevin Korjus and Jack Harvey. Patric Niederhauser put a move on Patrick Kujala in the middle of the race to claim eighth and the reverse grid pole.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Daniil Kvyat MW Arden 17 laps in 28:10.516
2 Nick Yelloly Carlin +5.352
3 Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix +8.084
4 Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering +8.694
5 Alexander Sims Carlin +10.683
6 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP +12.426
7 Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix +13.557
8 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport +23.166
9 Carlos Sainz MW Arden +28.336
10 Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP +30.410
11 Giovanni Venturini Trident +30.779
12 Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering +31.301
13 Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix +32.192
14 Emanuele Zonzini Trident +33.913
15 David Fumanelli Trident +34.447
16 Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP +42.557
17 Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport +1:10.797
18 Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering +1:40.461
19 Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix +1 lap
20 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +1 lap
Not classified
Luis Sa Silva Carlin 4 laps
Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport 2 laps
Robert Visoiu MW Arden 1 lap
Conor Daly ART Grand Prix 1 lap
Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 0 laps
Josh Webster Status Grand Prix 0 laps
Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing 0 laps