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06/26/11
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Calado wins Valencia GP3 thriller  
James Calado
James Calado took his and reigning champions Lotus ART’s first win of the 2011 season in an action packed race at the Valencia Street Circuit today.

The race was won from the start when the British driver made a clean getaway to retain the lead, and went unchallenged for the remainder of the 14-lap race. Calado is the sixth winner of the season, from six races, proving how competitive the young Series is.

When the lights went out for the early morning race start Calado made a good getaway at the front of grid to hold off his teammate Valtteri Bottas for the lead. Behind the ART duo Status Grand Prix’s Alexander Sims was defending hard, but was unable to stop a charging Dean Smith from taking third. The Addax driver then set his sights firmly on Bottas, whilst MW Arden’s Mitch Evans and Lewis Williamson were locked in battle with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs straight off the line.

By the end of lap 4, a hard charging Sims had passed both Bottas and Smith to take second. Running in fifth, Gaby Chaves was quick to capitalize on the battle ahead and overtook Smith who dropped into the clutches of Evans. Calado responded to his new second place challenger, and by the mid-way point of the race had pulled out a 3.9 second lead.

As Bottas settled into third spot, Smith was once again busy looking for a way passed his teammate Chaves leaving himself open for Evans to make a lunge and snatch fifth – the New Zealander then made light work of passing Chaves in the last corner for fourth. Smith then put a move on Chaves and this time it stuck.

As the end of the race approached the final battle came from Chaves, Williamson and Connor Daly with the latter hoping to score his first GP3 points for Carlin. The American and the Scot went wheel-to-wheel until Daly managed to get the upper hand.  Further drama ensued when Smith was handed a drive through penalty for ignoring waved yellow flags, handing Daly the final points paying spot, but Daly was to go without when an ambitious, and ultimately fruitless, final move on Chaves let Williamson back through into sixth. And so Calado took a well earned victory ahead of Sims and Bottas; with Evans, Chaves and Williamson filling the remaining points paying spots.

Evans now has 26 points, and has now extended his lead in the Series to 4 points ahead of Nigel Melker. MW Arden continue to lead the teams’ table with 37 points.   

Race 2 results:

Pos ST DRIVER NAT TEAM LAPS TIME GAP
1 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 14 28:06.179 0.000s
2 4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 14 28:10.624 4.445
3 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 14 28:14.096 7.917
4 26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 14 28:16.987 10.808
5 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 14 28:25.022 18.843
6 28 L. WILLIAMSON GBR MW Arden 14 28:25.312 19.133
7 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 14 28:25.391 19.212
8 10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 14 28:26.216 20.037
9 9 V. GHIRELLI ITA Jenzer Motorsport 14 28:26.838 20.659
10 29 L. BACHETA GBR RSC Mucke Motorsport 14 28:27.477 21.298
11 25 D. SMITH GBR Addax Team 14 28:28.472 22.293
12 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 14 28:28.996 22.817
13 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 14 28:33.448 27.269
14 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 14 28:34.560 28.381
15 1 P. NUNES BRA Lotus ART 14 28:40.445 34.266
16 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 14 28:46.918 40.739
17 16 L. CORDIERO BRA Carlin 14 . .
18 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 14 29:07.995 61.816
19 31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 14 29:45.757 99.578
20 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 13 26:38.904 DNF
21 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 13 26:39.651 DNF
22 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 13 26:40.419 DNF
23 . DNF . . . . .
24 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 8 16:24.639 DNF
25 23 T. DILLMANN FRA Addax Team 8 16:25.555 DNF
26 15 D. MORAD CAN Carlin 0 . DNF
27 12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 0 . DNF
28 17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 0 . DNF
29 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 0 . DNF
30 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 0 . DNF
31 18 T. HYLKEMA NED Tech 1 Racing 0 . DNF
32 - FASTEST LAP - - - - -
33 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 01:59.500 Lap 6 .
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