After setting the pole position time early in the morning at Nürburgring, the Argentine driver was unbeatable in race. He made a good start, pulled away and, despite a safety car period, won with a gap of more than seven seconds ahead of Ellinas. Now he´s second in the overall standings behind Cyprus´ Ellinas.
Facu Regalia has had a dominant Saturday at Núrburgring, grabbing the pole position and then taking his maiden win in the ultra-competitive GP3 series. Good sensations from free practice on Friday were confirmed in today´s qualifying session and the Argentine and his team – ART Grand Prix- didn´t want to miss this chance.
Regalia made a very good start, and he soon pulled away from Tio Ellinas, who was his strongest rival in qualifying. After just one lap, Regalia was two seconds ahead of Ellinas. Unfortunately the safety car was deployed and Regalia lost his comfortable lead on lap four. Despite this adverse fact Regalia kept in calm. When the safety hear headed to pit-lance, Regalia exhibited his strong race pace and, posting several fastest laps, he took a solid lead, finishing after fifteen laps first and over seven seconds ahead of Ellinas. After today´s race, and points scored after setting pole position and fastest lap, Regalia improves to 2nd place overall behind Ellinas.
“I feel really happy, because this victory is incredible. My car was perfect the entire race. The start, maybe one of my main concerns, was also perfect. I pushed as hard as possible from lap one and, despite the safety car period, kept in the lead until the end. To set both pole position and fastest lap was important for the championship too. We were eying the win since Valencia and we could put all together today”, Regalia said. The win was for “my parents, my manager Adrián Campos and everyone who is working with me. The prize for their effort is this win. Of course this triumph is for Argentina as well, my country, and the fans supporting me. It was incredible to be on top of the podium and the Argentinean anthem at the circuit”.
Tomorrow Regalia is going to start 8th on the grid and he focus on continuing with good results. Ellinas will start 7th.