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Stunning drive from the young New Zealander as Lotus ART take teams crown

Pole sitter Richie Stanaway drove a brilliant race today to win on his GP3 Series debut weekend. The New Zealander finished 4.007 seconds ahead of his teammate James Calado to lead the second Lotus ART 1-2 of the weekend. The result ensured that Lotus ART sealed the teams’ title for the second season in a row with one round remaining.

When the lights went out Stanaway briefly lost the lead to Jenzer Motorsport’s Nico Müller, but the young driver kept a cool head and fought back to regain his place at the front and from then on the race was sewn up. Stanaway built up a commanding lead, which was as much as 6.1 seconds midway through the race, to take the victory. Series contender Alexander Sims had another disappointing morning when a first lap clash ended his race prematurely.

Adrian Quaife-Hobbs made his way up into third by the end of lap 1 and soon passed Müller for second spot, but the podium position was short lived when the Brits’ bad luck returned and an engine problem ended his race. Further back the Lotus ART duo of Calado and Valtteri Bottas were on the move with both drivers up into the points. Calado went on to haul himself up into the top three, but Series leader Bottas was unable to make in six podiums in a row after a clash with Melker saw the Dutchman retire and the Finn drop down the order and out the points for the first time since Germany.

With the chequered flag in sight Calado was fast catching Stanaway but the Brit ran out of laps and had to settle for second and after a battle with the Lotus ART driver Müller took the final podium spot. Birthday boy Michael Christensen held on to fourth despite pressure from Simon Trummer in the closing laps, and Alex Fontana claimed the final point on his GP3 debut weekend.  

Bottas leaves Belgium with a slashed lead of just five points in the Series ahead of his teammate James Calado. Lotus ART lead the teams’ standings by 45 points, but the battle for second spot is still raging. MW Arden and RSC Mucke Motorsport both have 31 points in second and third respectively.  

With five drivers still in the hunt to become the 2011 GP3 Series champion. Don’t miss the final round in Monza on September 09-10-11.

Race 2 results:

1 1 R. STANAWAY NZL Lotus ART 12 26:47.675  
2 3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 12 26:51.682 4.007
3 7 N. MULLER SUI Jenzer Motorsport 12 26:54.801 7.126
4 30 M. CHRISTENSEN DEN RSC Mucke Motorsport 12 27:04.116 16.441
5 27 S. TRUMMER SUI MW Arden 12 27:04.756 17.081
6 9 A. FONTANA SUI Jenzer Motorsport 12 27:06.688 19.013
7 14 C. DALY USA Carlin 12 27:15.731 28.056
8 6 I. LUKASHEVICH RUS Status Grand Prix 12 27:17.023 29.348
9 11 R. HARYANTO INA Marussia Manor Racing 12 27:20.157 32.482
10 20 M. STOCKINGER PHI Atech CRS GP 12 27:20.209 32.534
11 5 A. FELIX DA COSTA POR Status Grand Prix 12 27:20.864 33.189
12 22 Z. AMBERG SUI Atech CRS GP 12 27:23.946 36.271
13 21 N. YELLOLY GBR Atech CRS GP 12 27:30.180 42.505
14 19 T. PAL KISS HUN Tech 1 Racing 12 27:32.109 44.434
15 8 M. ZIMIN RUS Jenzer Motorsport 12 27:32.556 44.881
16 24 G. CHAVES COL Addax Team 12 27:33.382 45.707
17 29 D. MANCINELLI ITA RSC Mucke Motorsport 12 27:33.835 46.160
18 16 L. CORDEIRO BRA Carlin 12 27:34.154 46.479
19 2 V. BOTTAS FIN Lotus ART 12 27:35.910 48.235
20 25 D. SMITH GBR Addax Team 12 27:37.932 50.257
21 18 T. HYLKEMA NED Tech 1 Racing 12 28:55.440 127.77
  10 A. QUAIFE-HOBBS GBR Marussia Manor Racing 7 16:13.567 DNF
  23 T. DILLMANN FRA Addax Team 7 16:19.970 DNF
  31 N. MELKER NED RSC Mucke Motorsport 2 4:40.905 DNF
  4 A. SIMS GBR Status Grand Prix 1 2:42.502 DNF
  26 M. EVANS NZL MW Arden 1 2:51.214 DNF
  17 A. VAINIO FIN Tech 1 Racing 1 3:03.769 DNF
  15 C. MACLEOD GBR Carlin 1 4:27.183 DNF
  12 M. LAINE FIN Marussia Manor Racing 0   DNF
  3 J. CALADO GBR Lotus ART 02:12.5