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05/21/11
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Mitch Evans scores maiden win for MW Arden  A strong drive from rookie Mitch Evans gave MW Arden team their first GP3 Series victory in Barcelona.

Today, Mitch Evans showed exactly why team principal and Formula One driver Mark Webber has faith in the New Zealander’s talent: after snatching pole position in this morning’s qualifying session, the sixteen year old rookie held his own for lights-to-flag win and offered MW Arden their first GP3 Series win, in front of James Calado and Tech 1’s Aaro Vainio.

Evans held onto the lead at the front of the grid when the lights went out despite pressure from the charging Tech 1 Racing pair of Andrea Caldarelli and Vainio. While the duo was fighting, Lotus ART’s Calado seized the opportunity to pass them for second spot, as Vainio snatched third spot from his teammate.

By the end of the first lap, Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller had passed Series leader Nigel Melker for fifth, while Addax Team’s Dean Smith and tech 1 Racing’s Tamas Pal Kiss slotted into seventh and eighth respectively. Further down the grid, Vittorio Ghirelli had a first lap passing Atech CRS GP’s Nick Yelloly for ninth. Alexander Sims’s race came to an abrupt end when the Status GP driver clashed with Maxim Zimin – the Russian stopped out on track while Sims limped into the pits on lap four.

It was status quo at the front for the mid-section of the race, but behind, Status GP’s Antonio Felix Da Costa was locked in battle with MW Arden’s Lewis Williamson for thirteenth spot –Da Costa eventually prevailed and, to add insult to injury, Williamson was soon passed by Addax Team’s Gabby Chaves.

As the laps counted down, Evans had pulled out a 2.5 second lead over Calado, while the Tech 1 duo were a further five seconds down the road. As the checkered flag was in sight, Caldarelli became a man on a mission and pushed Vainio hard all the way to the line for the final podium spot. The young Finn soaked up the pressure like a seasoned pro and Caldarelli was unable to find a way past. Müller was right behind to take fifth ahead of Melker and Smith. Whilst Tech 1 Racing’s Pal Kiss gave the team even more reason to celebrate by taking eighth and reverse pole for tomorrow’s race, it was champagne and celebrations for Evans and MW Arden as the young Kiwi crossed the finish line a victor.


Race 1 result:

Pos No. DRIVER NAT TEAM LAPS TIME GAP
1 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 16 27:19.175
2 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 16 27:21.060 1.885
3 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 16 27:26.399 7.224
4 18 A. CALDARELLI ITA Tech 1 Racing 16 27:26.607 7.432
5 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 16 27:26.926 7.751
6 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 16 27:27.749 8.574
7 25 D. SMITH GBR Addax Team 16 27:27.965 8.79
8 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 16 27:29.503 10.328
9 9 V. GHIRELLI ITA Jenzer Motorsport 16 27:31.105 11.93
10 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 16 27:32.670 13.495
11 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 16 27:34.469 15.294
12 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 16 27:39.486 20.311
13 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 16 27:39.786 20.611
14 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 16 27:40.405 21.23
15 1 P. NUNES BRA Lotus ART 16 27:43.246 24.071
16 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 16 27:45.696 26.521
17 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 16 27:46.3 24.071
18 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 16 27:46.945 27.77
19 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 16 27:51.957 32.782
20 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 16 27:52.495 33.32
21 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 16 27:55.889 X36.714
22 29 L. BACHETA GBR RSC Mucke Motorsport 16 27:56.633 37.458
23 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 16 28:03.273 44.098
24 15 D. MORAD CAN Carlin 16 28:04.061 44.886
25 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 16 28:08.912 49.737
26 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 16 28:10.798 51.623
27 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 15 27:35.638 1 LAP
29 23 D. STOREY NZL Addax Team 9 16:25.465 DNF
30 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 3 6:07.083 DNF
31 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 0 - DNF
- - V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART FASTEST LAP 1:41.633 ON LAP 6 -
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