GP3 – Rio Haryanto Wins Frenzied Wet Race

July 24, 2011

GP 3

Rio Haryanto took his first GP3 Series victory of the season today in a wet and wild race at Nürburgring. The Marussia Manor Racing driver finished ahead of MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson and Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas after an epic battle to the line which saw the lead change constantly during the final few laps with the top 3 fighting on slick tyres on a wet track.       
 
Drama ensued when light rain started to fall as the young drivers lined up on the starting grid. At the front of the field poleman Mitch Evans and Antonio Felix Da Costa both took a gamble and switched to wet tyres before the start of the race, as did fourth place man Addax Team’s Tom Dillmann.
 
As the lights went out Evans went wide but held on to his lead. Behind the New Zealander Haryanto moved up into second as it quickly became clear that Felix Da Costa was going nowhere fast on wets as the rain stopped. By the end of sector 1 Evans was leading from Haryanto and Williamson – who moved up five spots at the start – while the Portuguese driver was already down to sixth. Bottas had a storming start from eleventh on the grid and was soon fighting for the final podium spot.
 
Felix Da Costa’s race was to go from bad to worse as the Status driver was given a ten second stop and go penalty for not having his wheels fitted at the three minute race start warning.  As the rest of the drivers tried to find their rhythm in the tricky conditions Evans was holding onto his lead by 1.1 seconds from Williamson who had passed Haryanto, and Bottas was in third. But any hopes the New Zealander had of becoming the first GP3 driver to win two races this season were dashed when midway through the race he was also handed a ten second stop and go penalty for the same reason as Felix da Costa. Evans eventually rejoined the race down in twenty-fourth handing the lead to Williamson.
 
For the final 5 laps of the race the heavens opened and an epic battle for the victory begun. Leader Williamson, Haryanto and Bottas all opted to stay out on track on slicks while most of the field entered the pits to change to wets. And as it turned out, fortune favoured the brave. The battle saw the lead change multiple times but it was Haryanto who eventually hung on to the top spot. Williamson crossed the line in second and despite a last minute charge from his teammate James Calado, Bottas took the final podium spot. Race 2 will see an all front row for Tech 1 Racing with Tamas Pal Kiss lining up on pole ahead of Aaro Vainio.
 
Next up for GP3 Series is Race 2 tomorrow morning at 08:20 local time.
 
   
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
LAPS
TIME
GAP
1
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
15
29:48.703
 
2
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
15
29:51.107
2.404
3
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
15
29:51.886
3.183
4
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
15
29:52.314
3.611
5
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
15
29:53.651
4.948
6
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
15
30:06.926
18.223
7
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
15
30:08.395
19.692
8
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
15
30:10.090
21.387
9
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
15
30:12.338
23.635
10
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
15
30:21.521
32.818
11
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
15
30:26.257
37.554
12
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
15
30:27.728
39.025
13
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
15
30:33.062
44.359
14
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
15
30:35.862
47.159
15
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
15
30:40.631
51.928
16
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
15
30:48.159
59.456
17
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
15
30:50.009
61.306
18
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
15
30:54.568
65.865
19
1
P. NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
15
30:57.999
69.296
20
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
15
30:58.376
69.673
21
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
15
31:09.172
80.469
22
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
15
31:10.747
82.044
23
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
15
31:11.624
82.921
24
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
15
31:27.917
99.214
25
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
15
33:11.222
202.519
26
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
14
28:08.389
DNF
27
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
14
28:45.474
DNF
28
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
14
30:10.178
1 LAP
29
15
C. MACLEOD
GBR
Carlin
14
30:42.458
1 LAP
         
NC
   
 
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
11
21:32.735
DNF
         
FASTEST LAP
 
 
28
L. WILLIAMSON
 
MW Arden
 
1:50.985
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