Vainio takes victory at the Hungaroring
27 July 2013 – Aaro Vainio has won the first GP3 race of the Hungary weekend, the Koiranen GP driver negotiating a late Safety Car period to keep Conor Daly and Daniil Kyvat at bay.
Vainio made a good start from pole position to keep Daly behind through the first corner, stretching his lead to more than 2.5 seconds in the opening stages of the race. The American started to reel himself back as the halfway point arrived, but Vainio remained composed, always keeping his advantage over a second.
A major crash involving Emanuele Zonzini and Luis Sá Silva signalled the start of a late Safety Car period with five laps remaining. Zonzini misjudged his closing speed on the exit of the first corner, and ran into the back of the Angolan racer's car, launching his Trident Racing machine into a barrel roll. Despite littering the track with debris, the Italian was able to emerge unhurt from the wreckage.
The race resumed on Lap 15, effectively becoming a two-lap shootout to the finish. Daly presented Vainio with his only scare of the day, exploiting the Finn’s sloppy getaway to pressure him througout the first sector. Having held off the advancing American, Vainio had enough pace in his pocket to clinch an impressive win.
Further back, the bunching of the field by the Safety Car led to a frenetic final lap, with Melville McKee emerging as a mobile chicane on heavily worn tyres. Numerous cars took to the grass as they moved past the struggling Briton, with Lewis Williamson running out of track in the middle sector and spinning out from ninth position.
ART's Jack Harvey took fourth place, with Red Bull junior Carlos Sainz Jr. finishing in fifth. Facu Regalia ended up in sixth after qualifying ninth, ahead of Vainio’s team-mate, Kevin Korjus. Romanian Robert Visoiu finished eighth, with Patrick Niederhauser and Giovanni Venturini closing out the points-paying positions.
Sunday's second GP3 race at the Hungaroring begins at 9.25 local time (GMT +2)