Indonesian youngster Rio Haryanto picked up his maiden victory in Auto GP in the second race at Valencia.
Starting from fourth on the grid, Haryanto made a good getaway to move into second place behind polesitter Adam Carroll. He applied constant pressure on the Northern Irishman, getting past at Turn 2 on lap five.
From there he quickly pulled away, opening up a nine second lead on his way to the checkered flag. The result completed a double win for the DAMS team after Sergey Afanasiev won the first race. It also meant that Haryanto took home the maximum prize money from the weekend, scooping 60,000 euros.
“I’m really happy with this first Auto GP win,” said Haryanto. “I got very close to that in Brno and then it faded away, so today when I saw the chance I did all I could to take it.
“I had a great start and I managed to pass Buttarelli, and from then on I knew that the only chance I had was putting pressure on Adam, hoping for a mistake or for some room in a corner sooner or later. I also knew that it had to happen early in the race because then tyre wear would have made things more difficult. Luckily the ‘plan’ came together quite early, and from then on things were easier as my pace was really good. I want to say thanks to DAMS, they did a great job.”
Carroll held onto second place under intense pressure from Samuele Buttarelli. Carroll's Campos Racing teammate Adrien Tambay took fourth at the team's home race, after keeping the Lazarus duo of Fabrizio Crestani and Fabio Onidi at bay. Title rivals Luca Filippi and Kevin Ceccon completed the top eight.
Ceccon holds a seven point lead over Afanasiev in the standings, with Filippi a further eight behind heading to the season finale at Mugello in Italy on the first weekend in October.
Race results – 17 laps:
|2||Adam Carroll||Campos Racing||9.479|
|3||Samuele Buttarelli||TP Formula||10.204|
|4||Adrien Tambay||Campos Racing||11.597|
|7||Luca Filippi||Supernova Racing||14.732|
|8||Kevin Ceccon||Ombra Racing||17.155|
|9||Giovanni Venturini||Griffitz Durango||18.011|
|10||Pasquale Di Sabatino||TP Formula||19.728|
|11||Daniel Dejong||MP Motorsport||21.469|
|12||Giuseppe Cipriani||Griffitz Durango||31.581|
|13||Francesco Dracone||Ombra Racing||32.811|
|15||Adrian Campos Jr||Campos Racing||+2 laps|