MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat has put himself right into title contention following a dominating win in the first GP3 race at Monza.
However, current GP3 series leader Facu Regalia finished third – turning round a string of bad form – to keep the fight alive in the series. Sandwiched between both men was Carlin’s Nick Yelloly.
Kvyat made a perfect get away from the lights with Tio Ellinas only making it as far as second before deciding to stay safe in second coming into the first chicane.
However, that safety was not to last long as Ellinas’s team mate Dino Zamparelli braked far too late and clipped his team mate which led to a chain reaction seeing Carlos Sainz spin and Conor Daly receive substantial damage. The end result was the Cypriot and the American both retiring before their race had even begun.
One person caught up in action was Aaro Vainio, however luckily he managed to continue and eventually finished 16th.
Indeed Regalia didn’t have it easy on his trip to the podium – passing both Alex Sims and Bamboo Engineering’s Lewis Williamson, the Argentine had to fend off the aggressive advances of the Bamboo man but managed to hold him off coming up to the line. Sims ended up finishing fifth gaining more GP3 points.
Behind that group, Kevin Korjus finished sixth, Jack Harvey was seventh and Patric Niederhauser finished eighth and second race pole.
In the GP3 standings, Regalia has an 11 point gap to Kvyat who has 119 points – both are ahead of Daly and Korjus who both have 101 points.