James Calado scored his maiden victory in the GP3 Series with a lights-to-flag win in the second race at Valencia.
The Briton made a good start from pole position to keep the lead from ART teammate Valtteri Bottas. From there he kept a comfortable lead to become the sixth winner from six races this season.
While Calado went unchallenged, there were fierce battles just behind him. Dean Smith took third place from Alexander Sims at the start, but the Status GP driver had passed both Smith and Bottas by the end of the fourth lap to take second place.
Smith was then passed by Addax teammate Gabby Chaves, and as he looked for a way back through he was passed by MW Arden's Mitch Evans. The New Zealander then got past Chaves at the final corner to take fourth, with Smith taking advantage to get back past Chaves for fifth.
Smith would get handed a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags, which handed fifth back to Chaves. Conor Daly looked set to score his first GP3 point by finishing sixth, having passed Lewis Williamson in the closing stages. However, an ambitious move on Chaves at the final corner allowed the Scot back through.
Evans now leads the standings thanks to another strong weekend, four points ahead of Nigel Melker who leaves Valencia without scoring any points.
|1||James Calado||Lotus ART||28:06.179|
|2||Alexander Sims||Status Grand Prix||4.445|
|3||Valtteri Bottas||Lotus ART||7.917|
|4||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||10.808|
|5||Gabby Chaves||Addax Team||18.843|
|6||Lewis Williamson||MW Arden||19.133|
|8||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||Marussia Manor Racing||20.037|
|9||Vittorio Ghirelli||Jenzer Motorsport||20.659|
|10||Luciano Bacheta||RSC Mucke Motorsport||21.298|
|11||Dean Smith||Addax Team||22.293|
|12||Nick Yelloly||Atech CRS GP||22.817|
|13||Tamas Pal Kiss||Tech 1 Racing||27.269|
|14||Nico Muller||Jenzer Motorsport||28.381|
|15||Pedro Nunes||Lotus ART||34.266|
|16||Marlon Stockinger||Atech CRS GP||40.739|
|18||Zoel Amberg||Atech CRS GP||61.816|
|19||Nigel Melker||RSC Mucke Motorsport||99.578|
|20||Antonio Felix Da Costa||Status Grand Prix||13 laps|
|21||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||13 laps|
|22||Rio Haryanto||Marussia Manor Racing||13 laps|
|Ret||Michael Christensen||RSC Mucke Motorsport||8 laps|
|Ret||Tom Dillmann||Addax Team||8 laps|
|Ret||Daniel Morad||Carlin||0 laps|
|Ret||Matias Laine||Marussia Manor Racing||0 laps|
|Ret||Aaro Vainio||Tech 1 Racing||0 laps|
|Ret||Simon Trummer||MW Arden||0 laps|
|Ret||Ivan Lukashevich||Status Grand Prix||0 laps|
|Ret||Thomas Hylkema||Tech 1 Racing||0 laps|