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Istanbul: Series race 1 report

Gutierrez takes lights to flag victory ART's Esteban Gutierrez took a dominant Race 1 win at Istanbul Park leading from the start to finish. The Mexican driver capitalized on a terrible start by polesitter Nigel Melker and led the entire...

Gutierrez takes lights to flag victory

ART's Esteban Gutierrez took a dominant Race 1 win at Istanbul Park leading from the start to finish.

The Mexican driver capitalized on a terrible start by polesitter Nigel Melker and led the entire race. A string of fastest laps and a flawless drive during the race ensured Gutierrez finished the 15 lap race a huge 10.5 seconds ahead of second place man Manor Racing's James Jakes.

Addax Team's Felipe Guimaraes was another driver hot off the start line and put in a solid drive to third. Meanwhile Alexander Rossi continued his impressive race form moving up four spots into fifth by the end of lap one, and eventually making up one more place to finish fourth behind the Brazilian.

Dean Smith was another driver to struggle at the start, and by the end of lap one was back down in sixth spot, but a battling Rossi and Daniel Morad ahead allowed the Carlin driver to catch the pair up and begin what was to become a race long battle with Status GP's Morad. The Englishman and Canadian spent the duration of the race locked in battle and were constantly swapping places up until the chequered flag. It was Morad who came out on top after Smith's race was cut short due following a fuel pressure problem.

Jenzer Motorsport's Nico Muller, MW Arden's Miki Monras and Manor Racing's Rio Haryanto completed the top eight, the latter doing a impressive job of working his way up into eighth spot to claim the last point and reversed pole for tomorrow after starting from sixteenth today.

Things went from bad to worse for Nigel Melker; the Dutchman was handed a drive through penalty starting out of the box. The RSC Mucke driver eventually finished a lowly 23rd.

Gutierrex moves to the top of the drivers standing with 21 points ahead of teammate Alexander Rossi on 13 points.

-source: gp3 series

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