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Sims benefits from McKee taking out Ellinas to win for Carlin

by Peter Allen
Alexander Sims

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service

Alexander Sims claimed victory in his first weekend racing for Carlin in the second GP3 race at Spa, after Melville McKee took Tio Ellinas out of the lead at the first corner.

Making amends after he stalled in race one, Ellinas got away well from pole position to hold onto the lead on the run down to La Source. After making a poorer start, McKee locked up and crashed into Ellinas, forcing both wide and giving the Cypriot terminal damage.

Sims nipped into the lead and was able to open up a gap as McKee held up Conor Daly and Facu Regalia behind him. McKee was handed a deserved drive-through before he eventually retired. That released Daly and Regalia but Sims kept up his pace and claimed an 8.3 second win.

With Ellinas not scoring, Regalia now holds a 14 point lead over Daly, who is six points ahead of Ellinas with two weekends remaining in Monza and Abu Dhabi.

Nick Yelloly finished fourth after starting third, with Kevin Korjus keeping up his title hopes in fifth place. Saturday winner Daniil Kvyat saw off a charging Dino Zamparelli to claim sixth while Robert Visoiu claimed the final point in eighth.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Alexander Sims Carlin 13 laps in 27:45.036
2 Conor Daly ART Grand Prix +8.314
3 Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix +10.773
4 Nick Yelloly Carlin +15.100
5 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP +16.251
6 Daniil Kvyat MW Arden +18.230
7 Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing +18.963
8 Robert Visoiu MW Arden +20.051
9 Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport +21.799
10 Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering +24.203
11 Giovanni Venturini Trident +25.019
12 Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport +27.531
13 Carlos Sainz MW Arden +29.280
14 David Fumanelli Trident +32.874
15 Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix +35.087
16 Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix +47.162
17 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +47.784
18 Josh Webster Status Grand Prix +52.127
19 Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering +1:31.826
20 Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP +1:38.328
21 Luis Sa Silva Carlin + 1 lap
22 Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP + 1 lap
23 Emanuele Zonzini Trident + 1 lap
Not classified
  Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport 10 laps
  Melville Mckee Bamboo Engineering 6 laps
  Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix 5 laps
  Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing 2 laps