Mitch Evans produced a fine performance to claim his maiden victory in the GP3 Series at Barcelona. The 16-year-old New Zealander's win was also the first in the category for his MW Arden team.
Starting from pole, Evans held onto first place, with fellow front-row starter Andrea Caldarelli having to defend his position from Tech 1 teammate Aaro Vainio. James Calado took advantage of the pair's battle to move into second place, with Vainio also getting past Caldarelli.
Evans' lead remained a comfortable one for the whole of the race, crossing the finish line 1.885 seconds ahead of Calado. Caldarelli attempted to take third place back from Vainio but was not able to do so and had to settle for fourth behind the Finn.
Nico Muller finished just behind the pair in fifth, having passed Nigel Melker at the start of the race. Melker came across the line in sixth, with Dean Smith and Tamas Pal Kiss rounding out the top eighth. The Hungarian made it all three Tech 1 cars in the top eight and claimed pole position for Race 2 as well.
Race result after 16 laps:
|1||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||27:19.175|
|2||James Calado||Lotus ART||1.885|
|3||Aaro Vainio||Tech 1 Racing||7.224|
|4||Andrea Caldarelli||Tech 1 Racing||7.432|
|5||Nico Muller||Jenzer Motorsport||7.751|
|6||Nigel Melker||RSC Mucke Motorsport||8.574|
|7||Dean Smith||Addax Team||8.790|
|8||Tamas Pal Kiss||Tech 1 Racing||10.328|
|9||Vittorio Ghirelli||Jenzer Motorsport||11.930|
|10||Valtteri Bottas||Lotus ART||13.495|
|11||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||Marussia Manor Racing||15.294|
|12||Antonio Felix Da Costa||Status Grand Prix||20.311|
|13||Gabriel Chaves||Addax Team||20.611|
|14||Lewis Williamson||MW Arden||21.230|
|15||Pedro Nunes||Lotus ART||24.071|
|16||Zoel Amberg||Atech CRS GP||26.521|
|17||Ivan Lukashevich||Status Grand Prix||24.071|
|18||Michael Christensen||RSC Mucke Motorsport||27.770|
|19||Matias Laine||Marussia Manor Racing||32.782|
|20||Rio Haryanto||Marussia Manor Racing||33.320|
|22||Luciano Bacheta||RSC Mucke Motorsport||37.458|
|25||Nick Yelloly||Atech CRS GP||49.737|
|26||Marlon Stockinger||Atech CRS GP||51.623|
|27||Simon Trummer||MW Arden||+1 lap|
|28||Dominic Storey||Addax Team||9 laps|
|29||Alexander Sims||Status Grand Prix||3 laps|
|30||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||0 laps|