GP3 – Valtteri Bottas Storms To Victory At The Ring

July 24, 2011

GP 3

Valtteri Bottas took his maiden GP3 Series win at Nürburgring today after a strong start from sixth put him into the lead by the end of Lap 1. The Lotus ART man finished 1.473 seconds ahead of Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims and RSC Mücke Motorsport’s Nigel Melker who claimed a home race podium for his German team. 
 
When the lights went out for the start of a wet Race 2, Tech 1 Racing’s Tamas Pal Kiss and Aaro Vainio held onto the top two spots, with the Lotus ART duo of Bottas and James Calado making headway into third and fourth – despite pulling away well from third Conor Daly ran wide at Turn 1, and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs was beaten off the line.
 
As the drivers continued to grapple for position Vainio and Calado came to blows, with the ART man dropping down to the back of the field – Vainio was later handed a drive through penalty for the incident. With Vainio no longer a threat, Bottas made his move on Pal Kiss to take the lead of the race, and Sims capitalized on the chaos to move up into second behind the Finn. Pal Kiss soon lost a further spot to Melker who had worked his way from tenth on the grid.
 
Sims then set his sights on the leader who was pulling away at the front, and posted consecutive fastest laps to reel in the Finn. With the three podium men chasing each other down at the front, the battle was on for the final three points paying positions. Calado was working on damage limitation, and put in a dogged drive to take the all important final point.
 
With the chequered flag in sight, Sims had reduced the gap to Bottas to just over a second, but found himself defending from a charging Melker on the last lap. And so Bottas took his first GP3 win to become the tenth victor of the season. Sims held on to second and Melker settled for third after running wide on the last lap. Pal Kiss and Dillmann crossed the line in fourth and fifth respectively, with Calado close behind in sixth. 
 
Sims is now leading the Series by six points ahead of the MW Arden duo of Lewis Williamson and Mitch Evans. MW Arden is leading the teams’ standings by five points ahead Lotus ART who have moved up into second.
 
Race 2 results:
 
   
DRIVER
NAT
TEAM
LAPS
TIME
GAP
1
2
V. BOTTAS
FIN
Lotus ART
14
30:25.297
 
2
4
A. SIMS
GBR
Status Grand Prix
14
30:26.770
1.473
3
31
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
14
30:28.014
2.717
4
19
T. PAL KISS
HUN
Tech 1 Racing
14
30:46.847
21.550
5
23
T. DILLMANN
FRA
Addax Team
14
30:49.676
24.379
6
3
J. CALADO
GBR
Lotus ART
14
30:57.875
32.578
7
7
N. MULLER
SUI
Jenzer Motorsport
14
30:59.370
34.073
8
14
C. DALY
USA
Carlin
14
31:04.552
39.255
9
21
N. YELLOLY
GBR
Atech CRS GP
14
31:09.848
44.551
10
11
R. HARYANTO
INA
Marussia Manor Racing
14
31:12.195
46.898
11
9
V. GHIRELLI
ITA
Jenzer Motorsport
14
31:14.444
49.147
12
30
M. CHRISTENSEN
DEN
RSC Mucke Motorsport
14
31:16.264
50.967
13
17
A. VAINIO
FIN
Tech 1 Racing
14
31:16.541
51.244
14
28
L. WILLIAMSON
GBR
MW Arden
14
31:19.351
54.054
15
8
M. ZIMIN
RUS
Jenzer Motorsport
14
31:22.261
56.964
16
27
S. TRUMMER
SUI
MW Arden
14
31:24.521
59.224
17
24
G. CHAVES
COL
Addax Team
14
31:25.965 60.668
18
6
I. LUKASHEVICH
RUS
Status Grand Prix
14
31:29.258
63.961
19
16
L. CORDEIRO
BRA
Carlin
14
31:36.357
71.060
20
22
Z. AMBERG
SUI
Atech CRS GP
14
31:43.859
78.562
21
15
C. MACLEOD
GBR
Carlin
14
31:43.944
78.647
22
26
M. EVANS
NZL
MW Arden
14
32:07.505
102.208
23
12
M. LAINE
FIN
Marussia Manor Racing
14
32:29.729
124.432
24
18
T. HYLKEMA
NED
Tech 1 Racing
13
29:45.742
DNF
25
29
L. BACHETA
GBR
RSC Mucke Motorsport
13
31:51.931
1 LAP
         
NC
   
 
1
P. NUNES
BRA
Lotus ART
11
24:58.248
DNF
 
5
A. FELIX DA COSTA
POR
Status Grand Prix
7
18:05.482
DNF
 
10
A. QUAIFE-HOBBS
GBR
Marussia Manor Racing
5
11:13.616
DNF
 
25
D. SMITH
GBR
Addax Team
1
2:25.907
DNF
 
20
M. STOCKINGER
PHI
Atech CRS GP
0
 
DNS
         
FASTEST LAP
 
   
N. MELKER
NED
RSC Mucke Motorsport
 
2:07.892
LAP 12
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