Carlin Motorsport driver Danilo Dirani won the first race of the day with a dominating lights-to-flag victory at Croft circuit. The Brazilian driver quickly built up a huge lead as an incident immediately behind him and a queue of cars futher down...
Carlin Motorsport driver Danilo Dirani won the first race of the day with a dominating lights-to-flag victory at Croft circuit. The Brazilian driver quickly built up a huge lead as an incident immediately behind him and a queue of cars futher down the field allowed him to take the flag unchallenged.
Dirani made a great start from pole position as did Fortec's James Rossiter in third. Rossiter quickly moved alongside second-placed P1 Motorsport car of Adam Carroll but the pair tangled in the first corner forcing Carroll to run off the track and damage his rear wing while Rossiter continued in second place. Will Davison also passed Alvaro Parente for third and Marco Asmer got by Ernesto Viso to move up to fifth on a chaotic opening lap that also saw Will Power drop four places to fifteenth.
Dirani was now quickly pulling away at a blistering pace by lapping half a second faster than the pursuing Rossiter who himself was pulling away from third-placed Davison at an equally rapid pace despite suffering handling problems from his first-lap collision with Carroll.
Davison and Parente were also pulling away from Asmer in fifth who was holding up a queue of cars behind him - Viso, Nelson Piquet, Lucas Di Grassi, Danny Watts, Charun Chandhock, Andrew Thompson and Clivio Piccione all running nose-to-tail and covered by just four seconds. Carroll had rejoined in fourteenth place after his incident with Rossiter but he retired after five laps as his car was suffering from rear wing and suspension damage and he was not able to run at the pace of the cars around him.
Piquet made a brave move on lap twelve by coming from a long way back to force his way past Viso, who was suffering from a damaged front wing, in a move which cost the pair four seconds each but moved Piquet up to seventh place. Viso then retired on the next lap and Parente spun out of fourth place on the following lap.
Dirani eased off slightly over the final few laps and crossed the line 5.2 seconds ahead of Rossiter to comfortably take the win with Davison 6.6 seconds further back to take third.