|Both of the Racing Engineering cars made very good starts with Dani Clos moving from 7th on the grid to 3rd, and Christian Vietoris making excellent progress from 15th to 8th, sadly however for the German his start was judged to have been a little too good and he was given a drive-through penalty for a jumped start.
By lap 5 Clos was in 3rd with Grosjean in front and Filippi behind, Vietoris was 8th chasing Bird and ahead of Razia. On lap 6 Vietoris took his drive-through penalty and on the following lap he made his mandatory pitstop resuming in 22nd and last place.
Over the next few laps Clos kept up a fast pace being some 2.3 seconds behind Grosjean and 1.1 seconds ahead of Filippi and on lap 13 the young Spaniard made his mandatory pitstop resuming the track in 6th place.
At the back of the field Vietoris was flying, setting similar lap times to those being set by the first three drivers in the race and by lap 15 he was up to 17th just 0.4 seconds behind Fauzy. Sadly for the German driver it was all over on the following lap when he made contact with another car and had to retire.
Clos was continuing to battle hard in 4th place just 1.3 seconds behind Valsecchi and rapidly pulling away from Chilton who was 5.6 seconds behind. On lap 23 the race leader Van Der Garde served a drive-through penalty promoting Clos to third, 1.5 seconds behind Valsecchi.
Van Der Garde was setting some very quick lap times following his penalty and on lap 25 he passed Clos, dropping the Racing Engineering car back to 4th.Tomorrow’s Sprint Race will see Clos starting 5th on the reversed grid with a great opportunity to finish on the podium again. For Vietoris his bad luck today means he will be starting towards the rear of the field but his rapid race pace should soon see him moving quickly up the field.
As the race neared the 1 hour mark Clos came under increasing pressure from Bird as his car wasn’t handling correctly following contact with Filiipi but he kept his cool and as the chequered flag fell after 30 laps Clos finished an excellent 4th.