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DATE News (chronologically)
07/10/10
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Gutierrez claimed his third win of the season  Poleman Esteban Gutierrez claimed his third win of the season in Race 1 after a hard fought battle with Manor Racing’s Rio Haryanto.

The ART driver made the perfect start from pole position and looked like pulling away to take another dominant victory whilst Manor Racing teammates Rio Haryanto and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs battled for second spot. But the Mexican didn’t have it all his own way. By the end of lap one Haryanto had lost and regained second place from his teammate and then set his sights firmly on Gutierrez.

There was drama at the start when James Jakes stalled his Manor Racing car and ended up dead last after qualifying eighth. Down the grid Addax Teams’ Pablo Sanchez Lopez was given a drive through penalty for jumping the start from twenty-first.

Meanwhile a fast starting Alexander Rossi was up behind Nico Müller, pushing the Jenzer driver for fourth spot. This gave RSC Mücke driver Tobias Hegewald the opportunity to move up behind the battling pair, eventually catching and passing Rossi. Hegewald then put in successive fastest laps to stay ahead of the ART driver. 

Haryanto kept up his pace in second and charged after Gutiérrez, putting in a succession of fastest laps, whilst drama unfolded behind when midway through the race Quaife-Hobbs went off track ending his home race prematurely. Müller inherited third spot and had to go defensive from a speedy Hegewald – the German getting a sniff of the final podium spot. The battle continued for the remainder of the race, turning into a three man fight with Rossi before the American went wide two laps from the end and had to settle for fifth.

Dean Smith finished in sixth spot for Carlin followed over the line by Status GP’s Daniel Morad. Addax Teams’ Mirko Bortolotti took the final point paying position and reverse pole position for Race 2 tomorrow. Fastest lap of the race went to Gutiérrez, the ART driver snatching the bonus point on his last lap of the race for good measure. Gutiérrez now leads the Series by 27 points ahead of Rio Haryanto who has moved up into second.

The action continues tomorrow at 08:30 with Race 2.

Pos CAR# DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 E. GUTIERREZ ART Grand Prix 14 26:40.761 0.000
2 8 R. HARYANTO Manor Racing 14 26:44.392 3.631
3 25 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 14 26:50.962 10.201
4 12 T. HEGEWALD RSC Muecke Motorsport 14 26:53.090 12.329
5 1 A. ROSSI ART Grand Prix 14 26:55.177 14.416
6 15 D. SMITH Carlin 14 26:56.160 15.399
7 6 D. MORAD Status Grand Prix 14 26:58.727 17.966
8 19 M. BORTOLOTTI Addax Team 14 26:59.370 18.609
9 4 R. WICKENS Status Grand Prix 14 26:59.947 19.186
10 27 S. COLETTI Tech 1 Racing 14 27:02.201 21.440
11 11 R. VAN DER ZANDE RSC Muecke Motorsport 14 27:04.498 23.737
12 10 N. MELKER RSC Muecke Motorsport 14 27:08.966 28.205
13 30 O. OAKES Atech CRS GP 14 27:10.076 29.315
14 23 P. VARHAUG Jenzer Motorsport 14 27:16.569 35.808
15 21 M. MONRAS MW Arden 14 27:17.974 37.213
16 14 J. NEWGARDEN Carlin 14 27:22.488 41.727
17 24 S. TRUMMER Jenzer Motorsport 14 27:23.199 42.438
18 16 L. FORESTI Carlin 14 27:26.734 45.973
19 5 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 14 27:27.070 46.309
20 31 V. GHIRELLI Atech CRS GP 14 27:31.990 51.229
21 18 P. SANCHEZ LOPEZ Addax Team 14 27:39.738 58.977
7 J. JAKES Manor Racing 11 24:03.442 DNF
20 M. CHRISTENSEN MW Arden 9 17:48.897 DNF
28 D. JUNCADELLA Tech 1 Racing 8 15:37.539 DNF
22 L. CORDEIRO MW Arden 8 15:55.492 DNF
9 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Manor Racing 7 13:29.398 DNF
29 R. MERHI Atech CRS GP 3 9:08.175 DNF
26 D. SECHELARIU Tech 1 Racing 1 2:35.846 DNF
17 F. GUIMARAES Addax Team 0 - DNF
3 P. NUNES ART Grand Prix 0 - DNF

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