Nigel Melker scored his maiden race victory in the GP3 Series in the season opener at Istanbul Park.

Polesitter Tom Dillmann made a poor getaway, allowing Andrea Caldarelli to take the lead with Melker in pursuit. The Dutchman took the lead before the end of the first lap.

The safety car came out at the end of lap three after a clash between Leonardo Cordeiro and Lewis Williamson, which resulted in the Scot rolling his car when he hit the gravel trap.

After the restart Melker pulled away from Caldarelli, but the Italian then began to reel the Mucke driver in during the closing stages. Melker held on though to take the checkered flag with an advantage of six tenths over the Tech 1 driver.

Dillmann held onto third place for Carlin despite race-long pressure from ART driver Valtteri Bottas. Antonio Felix da Costa finished fifth for Status GP, with Kiwi teenager Mitch Evans finishing sixth. Michael Christensen finished seventh after passing Alexander Sims at the end of the race.

Race results after 15 laps:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 28:13.773
2 Andrea Caldarelli Tech 1 Racing +0.605
3 Tom Dillmann Carlin +2.942
4 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART +3.840
5 Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix +4.410
6 Mitch Evans MW Arden +7.214
7 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport +10.608
8 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix +11.713
9 Dean Smith Addax Team +11.928
10 Gabriel Chaves Addax Team +19.559
11 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport +23.673
12 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP +24.192
13 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP +24.977
14 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix +26.180
15 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing +26.354
16 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing +27.239
17 James Calado Lotus ART +27.507
18 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing +29.871
19 Simon Trummer MW Arden +30.222
20 Dominic Storey Addax Team +30.644
21 Conor Daly Carlin +31.336
22 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART +32.066
23 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport +53.931
24 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing +63.096
25 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport +63.096
26 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing +1 lap
R Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 8 laps
R Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 3 laps
R Lewis Williamson MW Arden 3 laps
R Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 1 lap