Alexander Sims won the second GP3 Series race at Istanbul Park in comfortable style, leading from pole position until the checkered flag.
The British Status GP driver made a good start and built up a comfortable lead over the course of the race, winning by seven seconds.
His teammate Antonio Felix da Costa moved up from fourth to second at the start, getting past both Mitch Evans (Arden) and Michael Christensen (Mucke). Race 1 winner Nigel Melker was on a bit of a mission, taking Tom Dillmann at the start and then later getting by both Tech 1's Andrea Caldarelli and Valtteri Bottas of ART and into fifth position.
Bottas lost three places in quick succession, with Caldarelli and Dean Smith (Addax) also getting by the Finn. Melker moved past Evans into fourth, before da Costa ran wide and allowed the Mucke pairing of Christensen and Melker to go through and complete the podium behind Sims.
Da Costa held on to fourth under pressure from Caldarelli, while Smith finished sixth after getting by Evans. Bottas crossed the line in eighth, with Dillmann ninth and Rio Haryanto tenth.
Melker's double podium makes him the early championship leader, three points ahead of Caldarelli. The second round takes place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, in two weeks' time.
Race 2 results after 15 laps:
|1||Alexander Sims||Status Grand Prix||27:03.624|
|2||Michael Christensen||RSC Mucke Motorsport||7.406|
|3||Nigel Melker||RSC Mucke Motorsport||13.983|
|4||Antonio Felix da Costa||Status Grand Prix||17.667|
|5||Andrea Caldarelli||Tech 1 Racing||17.876|
|6||Dean Smith||Addax Team||18.760|
|7||Mitch Evans||MW Arden||18.948|
|8||Valtteri Bottas||Lotus ART||22.792|
|10||Rio Haryanto||Marussia Manor Racing||27.212|
|11||Nick Yelloly||Atech CRS GP||31.637|
|12||Gabriel Chaves||Addax Team||32.829|
|13||James Calado||Lotus ART||34.111|
|14||Zoel Amberg||Atech CRS GP||35.985|
|15||Nico Muller||Jenzer Motorsport||36.315|
|16||Adrian Quaife-Hobbs||Marussia Manor Racing||36.883|
|17||Maxim Zimin||Jenzer Motorsport||37.400|
|18||Tamas Pal Kiss||Tech 1 Racing||37.804|
|19||Luciano Bacheta||RSC Mucke Motorsport||38.419|
|20||Lewis Williamson||MW Arden||38.692|
|21||Simon Trummer||MW Arden||39.477|
|23||Marlon Stockinger||Atech CRS GP||47.122|
|24||Ivan Lukashevich||Status Grand Prix||55.843|
|26||Pedro Nunes||Lotus ART||+ 1 lap|
|Ret||Vittorio Ghirelli||Jenzer Motorsport||7 laps|
|Ret||Aaro Vainio||Tech 1 Racing||0 laps|
|Ret||Matias Laine||Marussia Manor Racing||0 laps|
|Ret||Dominic Storey||Addax Team||0 laps|