Regalia scores first GP3 victory

Regalia scores first GP3 victory

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Regalia scores first GP3 victory


Facu Regalia scored a lights-to-flag victory to record his first win in the GP3 Series at the Nurburgring.

The Argentinian rocketed away from pole position and pulled out a 2.5-second lead by the time that the safety car was required to recover Daniil Kvyat’s stranded car. At the restart, Regalia once again left his rivals trailing, winning by over 7sec for ART.

Tio Ellinas maintained his points lead with second place, although he had to watch Jack Harvey closely throughout in his Manor machine’s mirrors.

Regalia, the series’ seventh race winner from seven races, now moves up to second in the championship behind Ellinas. Lewis Williamson finished fourth for Bamboo, ahead of Carlin’s Nick Yelloly.

Carlos Sainz and Melville McKee were next up, as comeback man Alexander Sims finished eighth to earn reversed-grid pole position for Sunday’s race. He was promoted to that position after Kevin Korjus and Alex Fontana clashed on the opening lap. Third-placed Fontana spun, while Korjus was given a drive-through penalty for his troubles.

Results - 15 laps:Pos  Driver              Team           Time/Gap 1.  Facu Regalia        ART          28m27.022s 2.  Tio Ellinas         Manor          + 7.160s 3.  Jack Harvey         ART            + 7.658s 4.  Lewis Williamson    Bamboo        + 11.851s 5.  Nick Yelloly        Carlin        + 12.586s 6.  Carlos Sainz Jr     MW Arden      + 16.503s 7.  Melville McKee      Bamboo        + 17.495s 8.  Alexander Sims      Status        + 18.449s 9.  Dino Zamparelli     Manor         + 19.481s10.  Conor Daly          ART           + 19.886s11.  Robert Visoiu       MW Arden      + 21.799s12.  Patric Niederhauser Jenzer        + 22.381s13.  Patrick Kujala      Koiranen      + 28.568s14.  Aaro Vainio         Koiranen      + 31.250s15.  Emanuele Zonzini    Trident       + 31.919s16.  Giovanni Venturini  Trident       + 33.262s17.  David Fumanelli     Trident       + 33.630s18.  Samin Gomez         Jenzer        + 35.102s19.  Ryan Cullen         Manor         + 36.914s20.  Kevin Korjus        Koiranen      + 43.885sRetirements:        Driver              Team            Laps         Carmen Jorda        Bamboo            10        Alex Fontana        Jenzer             2        Josh Webster        Status             1        Jimmy Eriksson      Status             1        Daniil Kvyat        MW Arden           0        Eric Lichtenstein   Carlin             0        Luis Sa Silva       Carlin             0