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DATE News (chronologically)
05/08/11
gp3
Sims cruises to Istanbul win
Alexander Sims
Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims won a lights-to-flag victory from pole position at Istanbul Park today.

In what was an action packed race full of overtaking maneuvers, Alexander Sims made the perfect getaway and kept a cool head to build up a comfortable lead during the 16-lap race. Sims’ teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa stormed off the line from fourth and made up two spots to take second from RSC Mucke Motorsport’s Michael Christensen. MW Arden’s Mitch Evans slotted into fourth ahead of Lotus ART’s Valtteri Bottas.

With Sims putting in fastest laps at the front, the rest of the field were left to battle for the remaining two podium spots. Yesterday’s race winner Nigel Melker was the man on the move – the Dutchman made up one spot at the start and was quickly fighting his way through the field. A battle with Tech 1 Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli ensued for sixth, and Melker then set his sights on a struggling Valteri Bottas in fifth. The Finn from Lotus ART lost three places in quick succession as Caldarelli and Dean Smith also found their way past.

The Mucke duo of Christensen and Melker continued to make their way through the field, and both made quick work of passing Evans for third and forth respectively. By lap 12 as the race entered the final stages, Sims was comfortably in the lead by over four seconds, but what hope the Irish team had for a one-two finish were dashed as Da Costa went wide allowing both Christensen and Melker to slip past.

With Sims now 7.4 seconds in the lead the podium all but written, Da Costa and Caldarelli battled it out in the final laps for fourth spot. The Portuguese driver kept the Italian behind him ahead of Addax Team’s Smith who had made his way through the field from ninth on the grid, Evans, Bottas, Tom Dillmann and Rio Haryanto in tenth. 

Melker leaves Istanbul heading the drivers’ championship by three points from Caldarelli. RSC Mucke Motorsport is six points ahead of Status Grand Prix in the teams’ championship.

The GP3 Series will be back on track in two weeks for Round 2 in Barcelona.

Race 2 results:

POS NO DRIVER TEAM LAPS TIME GAP
1 4 A. SIMS Status Grand Prix 15 27:03.624 0.000
2 30 M. CHRISTENSEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 15 27:11.030 7.4060
3 31 N. MELKER RSC Mucke Motorsport 15 27:17.607 13.983
4 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA Status Grand Prix 15 27:21.291 17.667
5 18 A. CALDARELLI Tech 1 Racing 15 27:21.500 17.876
6 25 D. SMITH Addax Team 15 27:22.384 18.760
7 26 M. EVANS MW Arden 15 27:22.572 18.948
8 2 V. BOTTAS Lotus ART 15 27:26.416 22.792
9 15 T. DILLMANN Carlin 15 27:26.575 22.951
10 11 R. HARYANTO Marussia Manor Racing 15 27:30.836 27.212
11 21 N. YELLOLY Atech CRS GP 15 27:35.261 31.637
12 24 G. CHAVES Addax Team 15 27:36.453 32.829
13 3 J. CALADO Lotus ART 15 27:37.735 34.111
14 22 Z. AMBERG Atech CRS GP 15 27:39.609 35.985
15 7 N. MULLER Jenzer Motorsport 15 27:39.939 36.315
16 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS Marussia Manor Racing 15 27:40.507 36.883
17 8 M. ZIMIN Jenzer Motorsport 15 27:41.024 37.400
18 19 T. PAL KISS Tech 1 Racing 15 27:41.428 37.804
19 29 L. BACHETA RSC Mucke Motorsport 15 27:42.043 38.419
20 28 L. WILLIAMSON MW Arden 15 27:42.316 38.692
21 27 S. TRUMMER MW Arden 15 27:43.101 39.477
22 16 L. CORDEIRO Carlin 15 27:43.972 40.348
23 20 M. STOCKINGER Atech CRS GP 15 27:50.746 47.122
24 6 I. LUKASHEVICH Status Grand Prix 15 27:59.467 55.843
25 14 C. DALY Carlin 15 28:01.341 57.717
26 1 P. NUNES Lotus ART 14 26:02.047 DNF
. . . NOT CLASSIFIED . .
. . . Jenzer Motorsport 7 12:55.808 DNF
. . . Tech 1 Racing .0 . DNF
. . . Marussia Manor Racing 0 . DNF
Addax Team 0 DNF
. . . FASTEST LAP . . .
. 4 A. SIMS Status Grand Prix . 1:47.601 lap 6 .
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