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Visoiu scores commanding maiden GP3 win in race two

by Peter Allen

Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service

Robert Visoiu claimed his first win in the GP3 Series from pole position in the second Valencia race, finishing with a dominant 7.7 second margin over the rest of the field.

The 17-year-old Romanian made a good getaway to keep the lead ahead of Aaro Vainio at the start, and pulled away in the closing stages as Vainio slipped into the clutches of Visoiu’s MW Arden team-mate Carlos Sainz. The Spaniard finished right on Vainio’s tail as he picked up his maiden GP3 podium.

Having been passed by Sainz on the opening lap, Tio Ellinas finished fourth just ahead of the third MW Arden machine of Daniil Kvyat. The result was enough for Ellinas the regain the championship lead that he had lost to race one winner?Conor Daly early on.

Kevin Korjus finished 14 seconds behind Kvyat in sixth, just holding on under intense pressure late on from Facu Regalia. Daly was unable to make progress from eighth, and was nearly passed by Nick Yelloly at the end. After coming from the back of the grid to 12th in race one, the Carlin driver initially lost out on the first lap of race two but charged forward again, passing Dino Zamparelli for tenth.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Robert Visoiu MW Arden 18 laps in 25:50.517
2 Aaro Vainio Koiranen GP +7.784
3 Carlos Sainz Jr. MW Arden +7.920
4 Tio Ellinas Marussia Manor Racing +8.572
5 Daniil Kvyat MW Arden +9.017
6 Kevin Korjus Koiranen GP +23.961
7 Facu Regalia ART Grand Prix +24.472
8 Conor Daly ART Grand Prix +24.768
9 Nick Yelloly Carlin +25.164
10 Dino Zamparelli Marussia Manor Racing +26.566
11 Alex Fontana Jenzer Motorsport +26.719
12 Jack Harvey ART Grand Prix +27.648
13 Giovanni Venturini Trident +27.779
14 Emanuele Zonzini Trident +28.116
15 Patrick Kujala Koiranen GP +35.495
16 Jimmy Eriksson Status Grand Prix +36.183
17 Lewis Williamson Bamboo Engineering +38.816
18 Josh Webster Status Grand Prix +38.982
19 Samin Gomez Jenzer Motorsport +39.244
20 Ryan Cullen Marussia Manor Racing +50.937
21 Carmen Jorda Bamboo Engineering +55.029
22 Luis Sa Silva Carlin +1 lap
Not classified
  Melville McKee Bamboo Engineering 10 laps
  Patric Niederhauser Jenzer Motorsport 9 laps
  Eric Lichtenstein Carlin 1 lap
David Fumanelli Trident 0 laps
Adderly Fong Status Grand Prix 0 laps