Nasr triumphs in opening Paul Ricard race
|2.||A. Felix da Costa||+1.295|
16 July 2011 – Carlin’s Felipe Nasr took advantage of a slow getaway from team-mate and pole-sitter Kevin Magnussen to grab victory at Paul Ricard this afternoon, ultimately taking the chequered flag ahead of Hitech driver António Félix da Costa. Carlos Huertas ensured two Carlin drivers made the podium, while Magnussen limited the damage in fourth.
Over the next few tours, Nasr continuously pumped in quick times to build up a gap of almost one second to Félix da Costa behind, with the two men pulling away fairly comfortably at the front. The Portuguese driver was giving it his all to get close enough to challenge for the lead, but Nasr had enough in hand to respond when needed.
Nasr went on to record a lights to flag victory, fending off his rivals behind and moving even further clear at the top of the championship standings. Behind fourth place man Magnussen, Harvey recorded another strong finish in front of Svendsen-Cook and Will Buller, while Jazeman Jaafar, Foresti and Harry Tincknell rounded out the top ten.
Sunday's Race 2 begins at 10am local time (BST +1)