GP3

Daniil Kvyat

Kvyat clinches maiden win in Spa-Francorchamps—
 
MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat victorious in Belgium—
The Russian national anthem played out as MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat claimed his debut win in GP3 after a great start secured him a lights to flag victory. Kvyat was under pressure from ART Grand Prix’s Conor Daly through-out the 13 lap race, the American coming home in second, whilst Facu Regalia (ART Grand Prix) moved into the lead of the championship after recording third place in Race 1 at Spa-Francorchamps. Kvyat posted the fastest lap of the race, also putting himself in contention for the elusive GP3 crown.
Rain stayed away for the race with Carlos Sainz (MW Arden) starting from pole, but it was his teammate Kvyat who snuck in front and made a faster getaway to claim the lead, whilst Daly also got the better of his teammate Jack Harvey moving into second, demoting Sainz. Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) came into the race leading the Series by one point and he stalled from fifth on the grid, dropping down to P19 on lap one.
There was contact at La Source between Josh Webster (Status Grand Prix) and Emanuele Zonzini (Trident) which brought out the safety car for a short period whilst the cars were removed. At the re-start, Kvyat kept composed and held his small advantage over Daly, but there was a short break in proceedings when there was a small incident between Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix) who braked late approaching La Source and made light contact with Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser.
Once the action resumed, Daly continued to harass Kvyat for the lead whilst Harvey was glued to the back of Sainz for the final spot on the rostrum. The Brit made his move on the Spaniard, as the two diced wheel to wheel but as Harvey moved to the right, contact was made which brought a premature end to the race for the pair of them. The safety car was deployed whilst the cars were moved off the circuit, with the race finishing as those positions.
Regalia moved into P3 and into a podium finish following the non-finish of Sainz and Harvey, after previously holding off Alexander Sims (Carlin).  Sims had attempted a move on the Argentine driver but run over a kerb allowing Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus to slice through and take his place. Ellinas also carved his way through the pack and at the chequered flag he was eighth, pocketing four points in the title chase and most importantly collecting reverse pole for Race 2 tomorrow.
At the chequered flag, Kvyat crossed the line four tenths ahead of Daly as he punched the air with delight. Regalia was third, in front of Korjus, Sims, Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Melville McKee (Bamboo Engineering), Ellinas, Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) and Dino Zamparelli (Marussia Manor Racing).
Championship contender Aaro Vainio (Koiranen GP) suffered a right rear puncture and had to pit which dropped him down the pack. Regalia now holds a 10 point lead in the Drivers’ Standings on 105 points with Ellinas now second. Daly has moved up to third place on 89, with Korjus and Kvyat close in pursuit on 87 and 84.
ART Grand Prix continue to lead the way in the Teams Standings on 269 points, with MW Arden in second on 190 and Koiranen GP on 162.
Race 2 starts at 09.25 local time, again the weather here is unpredictable here in the Ardennes, who will claim a further hold in the title chase?
Spa-Francorchamps – Race 1
Driver
Team
1.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
2.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
3.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
4.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
5.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
6.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
7.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
8.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
9.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
10.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
12.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
13.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
14.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
15.
David Fumanelli
Trident
16.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
17.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
18.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
19.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
20.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
21.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
Not Classified
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident

GP2

Sam Bird Spa win

Bird soars to Spa victory—
 
Briton on top as title rivals crumble—
 
Sam Bird has claimed a dominant victory as his title rivals fell away in dry but overcast conditions, easily dispatching the competition as he picked up his fourth win of the season in this afternoon’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Alexander Rossi.
 
The Englishman’s win was set up at the start, when a solid start from pole allowed him to lead James Calado, who made a faster getaway but was on the outside of Bird at La Source, Fabio Leimer, who was slow to get off the front row, and Rossi, who made a great start and picked up a spot when Ericsson went wide at the corner.
 
Behind them Jolyon Palmer also squeezed past Ericsson, who soon lost out to a fast charging Felipe Nasr at La Source, just before a safety car period for Daniel De Jong, who hit the wall at Eau Rouge: when the race went live Nasr tried to dive inside his teammate at La Source but the pair came together, with the Brazilian out on the spot and losing his chance to take the championship lead.
 
Meanwhile, Stefano Coletti had put his puncture blues from yesterday behind him to push up into the points: the Monegasque driver had a great start and was setting fast times to push up to P3 when he stopped on lap 12: a slow stop dropped him back down the order, and damage picked up when Dani Clos ran into his back out of Eau Rouge meant his hopes of extending his points lead were over.
 
With Bird well ahead of his rivals after a solid stop and just waiting for the last drivers to make their own pitstops, all eyes were on the fierce fight between Ericsson and Rossi: the American was fast everywhere, but the Swede had all the answers, easing home just over a second to the good, but seven seconds behind a cruising Bird when the chequered flag dropped. Fabio Leimer minimised the damage by coming home a quiet fourth, with Tom Dillmann and Julian Leal slotting home behind the Swiss driver. Stéphane Richelmi held off a late challenge from James Calado, who was undoubtedly disappointed with his slow stop but at least salvaged P8 and tomorrow’s pole position, with Hilmer duo Robin Frijns and Adrian Quaife Hobbs picking up the last points of the race.
 
With the title leaders failing to score there is no change at the top of the championship table, with Coletti still holding on from Nasr by 135 points to 129, while Leimer closes up on 122 points, one ahead of Bird, and Calado is in P5 on 94 points ahead of Ericsson on 82 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
 
Spa-Francorchamps – Feature Race
 
Driver
Team
1.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
3.
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
4.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
5.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
6.
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
7.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
8.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
9.
Robin Frijns
Hilmer Motorsport
10.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
12.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
13.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
14.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
15.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
16.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
17.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
18.
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
20.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
21.
Ricardo Teixeira
Trident Racing
22.
Nathanaël Berthon
Trident Racing
 
Not Classified
 
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
 
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
 
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
 
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
 
 
 
Fastest Lap: Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:59.644 on lap 19

Formula 1

 

Lewis Hamilton China Pole 2013

HAMILTON ON POLE FOR THE 2013 BELGIAN GRAND PRIX-

The capricious nature of the Ardennes made for an enthralling final 10 minutes as at one stage it appeared as though Paul Di Resta would be on pole.

But as the rain eased in the dying stages over the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and a dry line appeared, Di Resta dropped to fifth in his Force India.

In the final 30 seconds Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg, then Red Bull’s Mark Webber and team-mate Sebastian Vettel were all on pole, only to be deposed by last man over the line Hamilton in his Mercedes.

For the fourth successive race Hamilton will lead away the field, the first time since Damon Hill in 1995 a Briton has achieved such a feat.

It is also the 31st pole of his F1 career, elevating him to seventh on the all-time list, just one behind another world champion Briton in Nigel Mansell.

GP3

Sainz achieves maiden pole in Spa-Francorchamps

Sainz achieves maiden pole in Spa-Francorchamps—
 
MW Arden secure front row lockout with Sainz and Kvyat in Belgium—
 
There was a massive smile on the face of Spaniard Carlos Sainz who delivered in qualifying today with his debut pole in the Series. MW Arden teammate Daniil Kvyat will start alongside him on the front row with ART Grand Prix’s Jack Harvey on the second row in third. Kvyat and Harvey lapped identical times but the Russian driver will start second after setting his time earlier.
 
The 30 minute qualifying session commenced in overcast conditions with track temperatures of 20 degrees. The 27 drivers made their way onto the 7.004km circuit ready for battle, eager to pocket four points for the coveted pole position.
 
Koiranen GP’s Kevin Korjus was first to dip into the 2m05’s with his fresh set of tyres until Harvey shot to the top of the standings by a mere 0.014s. At the midway point of the session, the drivers returned to the pitlane for new Pirelli rubber and it was the ART Grand Prix duo of Conor Daly and Facu Regalia who headed the timings.
 
Korjus reclaimed his place back at the top of the timesheets until Kvyat recorded a flier, the first time in the 2m04’s to take provisional pole by fourth tenths. However, Sainz was busy lighting up the timing screen in purple, fastest in sector two and three and claimed pole position by over half a second with three minutes remaining.
 
Daly rose to P2 until Kvyat demoted the American to make it an MW Arden one-two in qualifying. At the chequered flag Harvey grabbed P3 ahead of Daly, Series leader Tio Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing), Alex Fontana (Jenzer Motorsport), Nick Yelloly (Carlin), Korjus, Regalia and Trident’s David Fumanelli.
 
Rain is forecast for Race 1 later today which starts at 17.20 local time, it promises to be a memorable encounter on this legendary circuit in the Ardennes as the fight for the GP3 crown continues!
 
 
Qualifying
 
Driver
Team
Laptime
Laps
1.
Carlos Sainz
MW Arden
2:04.125
11
2.
Daniil Kvyat
MW Arden
2:04.518
11
3.
Jack Harvey
ART Grand Prix
2:04.518
12
4.
Conor Daly
ART Grand Prix
2:04.524
12
5.
Tio Ellinas
Marussia Manor Racing
2:04.856
11
6.
Alex Fontana
Jenzer Motorsport
2:04.970
10
7.
Nick Yelloly
Carlin
2:04.972
11
8.
Kevin Korjus
Koiranen GP
2:05.027
12
9.
Facu Regalia
ART Grand Prix
2:05.066
12
10.
David Fumanelli
Trident
2:05.255
11
11.
Giovanni Venturini
Trident
2:05.308
12
12.
Alexander Sims
Carlin
2:05.334
12
13.
Robert Visoiu
MW Arden
2:05.382
11
14.
Melville McKee
Bamboo Engineering
2:05.486
12
15.
Lewis Williamson
Bamboo Engineering
2:05.509
12
16.
Dino Zamparelli
Marussia Manor Racing
2:05.541
11
17.
Patric Niederhauser
Jenzer Motorsport
2:05.576
10
18.
Aaro Vainio
Koiranen GP
2:05.760
11
19.
Adderly Fong
Status Grand Prix
2:06.127
9
20.
Patrick Kujala
Koiranen GP
2.06.432
11
21.
Samin Gomez
Jenzer Motorsport
2:06.537
11
22.
Josh Webster
Status Grand Prix
2:06.645
11
23.
Jimmy Eriksson
Status Grand Prix
2:06.871
11
24.
Luis Sa Silva
Carlin
2:07.291
11
25.
Emanuele Zonzini
Trident
2:07.582
11
26.
Ryan Cullen
Marussia Manor Racing
2:08.434
12
27.
Carmen Jorda
Bamboo Engineering
2:09.095
13