Kvyat claims first GP3 win

Kvyat claims first GP3 win

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Kvyat claims first GP3 win

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Daniil Kvyat scored his first GP3 Series victory in a race at Spa-Francorchamps that was blighted by safety cars.

Kvyat outdragged MW Arden teammate and poleman Carlos Sainz Jr into La Source, and was followed past him by Conor Daly (ART) from fourth. The race was then almost immediately neutralized for a tail-ender shunt at the first corner. That restart was almost over before it began, as more crashing at La Source brought out the safety car again.

At the third attempt, Kvyat had to fend off an attack from Daly into Les Combes, but kept his American rival well covered. He then pulled out a decent gap, as Daly found it a struggle to follow him closely.

Behind them, Sainz was defending third from Jack Harvey in a battle that all went wrong on the Kemmel Straight on lap 10. Harvey drew alongside, and moved over to try to intimidate the Spaniard, who stayed resolutely on his line. Contact between them speared Harvey into a spin, the ART car hitting the barrier on his right before cannoning back across the track into another big impact, which tore the back of his car off.

The race finished under the safety car, with Kvyat winning from Daly, new points leader Facu Regalia, Kevin Korjus and Alexander Sims.

Former series leader Tio Ellinas fought back to eighth, and reversed-grid pole, after stalling at the start due to a throttle problem.

Results - 13 laps:Pos  Driver              Team            Time/Gap 1.  Daniil Kvyat        MW Arden      32m40.446s 2.  Conor Daly          ART              +0.413s 3.  Facu Regalia        ART              +1.160s 4.  Kevin Korjus        Koiranen         +1.772s 5.  Alexander Sims      Carlin           +4.628s 6.  Nick Yelloly        Carlin           +4.985s 7.  Melville McKee      Bamboo           +5.713s 8.  Tio Ellinas         Manor            +5.978s 9.  Robert Visoiu       MW Arden         +6.869s10.  Dino Zamparelli     Manor            +7.760s11.  Giovanni Venturini  Trident          +8.569s12.  Luis Sa Silva       Carlin           +8.895s13.  Patrick Kujala      Koiranen         +9.585s14.  Lewis Williamson    Bamboo          +10.225s15.  David Fumanelli     Trident         +11.039s16.  Samin Gomez         Jenzer          +11.640s17.  Jimmy Eriksson      Status          +12.374s18.  Ryan Cullen         Manor           +13.052s19.  Carmen Jorda        Bamboo          +13.560s20.  Alex Fontana        Jenzer          +15.157s21.  Aaro Vainio         Koiranen        +15.162sRetirements:        Carlos Sainz Jr     MW Arden      9 laps        Jack Harvey         ART           9 laps        Patric Niederhauser Jenzer        2 laps        Adderly Fong        Status        2 laps        Josh Webster        Status         1 lap        Emanuele Zonzini    Trident       0 laps

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