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Quaife-Hobbs Takes Maiden GP3 Win In First Valencia Race

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Adrian Quaife-Hobbs scored his first victory in the GP3 Series thanks to a flying start to the first race in Valencia.

The Manor driver made a brilliant getaway to get past the front-row pairing of Lewis Williamson and Dean Smith off the line. Smith's start was better than polesitter Williamson's, the Addax man getting past the MW Arden driver and into second place behind Quaife-Hobbs.

The leading trio remained in that order until the final lap. Quaife-Hobbs took a comfortable six second win, but Smith's car slowed on the final lap, losing him second place. Williamson held off race-long pressure from teammate Mitch Evans to finish second.

Gabby Chaves finished in fourth place with teammate Smith crawling across the line in fifth. Alexander Sims finished in sixth, having recovered the places lost from a ten-place grid penalty for causing a qualifying collision that left him 16th on the grid.

Sims passed the ART pairing of Valtteri Bottas and James Calado in the closing stages, who finished in seventh and eighth places respectively and will start the second race on the front row as a result.

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 28:49.603
2 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 6.547
3 Mitch Evans MW Arden 7.406
4 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 11.403
5 Dean Smith Addax Team 14.315
6 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 17.022
7 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 18.818
8 James Calado Lotus ART 19.339
9 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 26.837
10 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 28.342
11 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 36.012
12 Conor Daly Carlin 37.231
13 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 37.241
14 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 39.355
15 Daniel Morad Carlin 40.131
16 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 41.619
17 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 42.700
18 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 48.068
19 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 58.934
20 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 72.164
Ret Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 8 laps
Ret Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 3 laps
Ret Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 3 laps
Ret Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 1 lap
Ret Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 1 lap
Ret Simon Trummer MW Arden 0 laps
Ret Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix 0 laps
Ret Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 0 laps
Ret Antonio Felix Da Costa Status Grand Prix 0 laps
Ret Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 0 laps
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