Vandoorne storms to victory in Moscow
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22 June 2013 – Fortec driver Stoffel Vandoorne claimed a convincing victory at the Moscow Raceway on Saturday afternoon, leading the opening race of the weekend from pole position to the chequered flag. The Belgian finished 6.7 seconds clear of Arden Caterham rival Antonio Félix da Costa, while Tech 1's Nigel Melker completed the podium finishers.
As the lights went out at the Russian venue, Vandoorne remained calm under pressure and confidently held off the attentions of Félix da Costa, with the pair settling into a rhythm and pulling away from the chasing pack. The gap between the two then grew on a lap-by-lap basis, with a battle for the lead at no point a real prospect.
"We had a tough time of it yesterday, and we made some bad choices," Vandoorne said after his third victory of the season. "But the team’s work from last night has paid off. My confidence came back in qualifying. I started the race well, which allowed me to build a small lead. I then capitalised on it, and I'm very happy to have won."
The battle for third went down to the wire, with Melker finishing just eight tenths ahead of Will Stevens. Over 20 seconds further back, Will Buller led a train of cars home to claim fifth, narrowly keeping André Negrão, Nico Müller and Marlon Stöckinger at bay.
Oliver Webb and Marco Sørensen completed the top ten positions, denying title leader Kevin Magnussen who was demoted from third to 17th after blocking in qualifying.