Red Bull junior Daniil Kvyat dominated the first GP3 Series race of the weekend at Monza after a first-corner pile-up behind handed him an enormous first-lap advantage.
MW Arden driver Kvyat made a perfect start from pole, while fellow front-row man Robert Visoiu made a slow getaway.
As Carlos Sainz Jr. and Tio Ellinas battled for second at the first corner, Dino Zamparelli took to the grass on the inside and speared into the side of Manor teammate Ellinas, who in turn rammed Sainz into a spin.
Visoiu was also taken out, while title contender Conor Daly bounced over the curbs and sustained a front-right puncture. He too retired.
Kvyat completed the opening lap with a 3.4-second advantage, which he extended to 5.3sec by the finish over Carlin’s Nick Yelloly, who inherited second after the first-corner calamity.
Kvyat’s repeat of his Spa victory also keeps his championship hopes alive. Points leader Facu Regalia (who spun without harm on his way to the grid!) worked his way past Alexander Sims for third place with a big tow on the start/finish straight. Sims re-attacked ART’s Regalia at Roggia, but a slow exit allowed a charging Lewis Williamson (Bamboo) to jump up to fourth at Lesmo 1.
Behind Sims, Kevin Korjus finished sixth, ahead of Jack Harvey and Patric Niederhauser, who will start Sunday’s reversed-grid race from pole. Sainz recovered to finish ninth from 19th following his opening-lap spin.