GP3 Series

Bottas Takes Lights-To-Flag Win In First Hungaroring Race

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Valtteri Bottas became the first repeat winner of the 2011 GP3 Series season with a controlled victory from pole position in the eleventh round of the year at the Hungaroring.

Bottas built up a decent lead early in the race from pole position, after Michael Christensen jumped from fifth on the grid into second place at Turn 1 as front row starter James Calado defended from Mitch Evans. Calado and Evans would come together at Turn 2, after the young Kiwi tried to take advantage down the inside after Calado ran wide, only to hit Calado as the RSF-backed Briton tried to rejoin the racing line. Evans would go onto retire, while Calado dropped to the back of the field.

In the second half of the race Christensen began closing the gap to Bottas as the Dane chased his first win in GP3, but Bottas responded to take his second win in the space of a week after his maiden series victory in Race 2 at the Nurburgring.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs completed the podium in third place, nine seconds behind the leaders. He held off Alexander Sims, who overcame a disappointing grid position of 11th to move up to fourth on the opening lap.

Nico Muller had put Sims under pressure in the middle of the race, but would be made to settle for fifth. Aaro Vainio came home in sixth after losing a couple of places off the start, just ahead of Lewis Williamson who shot from 15th on the grid. Tom Dillmann finished eighth and claimed the final point and pole position, after holding off Nigel Melker and Rio Haryanto for the duration of the race.

Race results – 16 laps:

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Valtteri Bottas Lotus ART 26:32.020
2 Michael Christensen RSC Mucke Motorsport 0.986
3 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Marussia Manor Racing 9.203
4 Alexander Sims Status Grand Prix 9.889
5 Nico Muller Jenzer Motorsport 10.218
6 Aaro Vainio Tech 1 Racing 11.243
7 Lewis Williamson MW Arden 11.522
8 Tom Dillmann Addax Team 15.454
9 Nigel Melker RSC Mucke Motorsport 15.820
10 Rio Haryanto Marussia Manor Racing 16.404
11 Tamas Pal Kiss Tech 1 Racing 26.154
12 Antonio Felix da Costa Status Grand Prix 28.358
13 Marlon Stockinger Atech CRS GP 31.399
14 Conor Daly Carlin 34.130
15 Matias Laine Marussia Manor Racing 37.376
16 Zoel Amberg Atech CRS GP 40.368
17 Simon Trummer MW Arden 40.629
18 Luciano Bacheta RSC Mucke Motorsport 41.510
19 Pedro Nunes Lotus ART 42.932
20 Maxim Zimin Jenzer Motorsport 43.295
21 Leonardo Cordeiro Carlin 43.596
22 Nick Yelloly Atech CRS GP 44.355
23 Vittorio Ghirelli Jenzer Motorsport 44.443
24 Gabby Chaves Addax Team 44.630
25 Dean Smith Addax Team 45.325
26 James Calado Lotus ART 45.831
27 Callum MacLeod Carlin 46.747
28 Thomas Hylkema Tech 1 Racing 47.330
29 Ivan Lukashevich Status Grand Prix + 1 lap
Ret Mitch Evans MW Arden 1 lap
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