"The team did a brilliant job adapting the setup to the track conditions,” he beamed. “I got off to a good start and I stayed focused so as not to make any mistakes. I took it steady on the last few laps.”
Epsilon Euskadi's Valsecchi did a tremendous job to hold onto second place, despite intense pressure from Piccione, the Monegasque driver ruining his chances of making it up to second place when he spun towards the end of the race. Luckily for him, the huge gap back to Pavlovic in fourth allowed him to rejoin in third and as a result claim his first ever World Series podium.
Pavlovic was a quiet fourth, comfortably ahead of van der Garde, the Dutchman putting in another consistent points finish after holding off the advances of Parente in the closing stages.
Carlos Iaconelli and Miguel Molina ensured a double points haul for Pons Racing in seventh and eighth, while the second race will see an all-French front row on home soil after Julien Jousse and Guillaume Moreau snatched the final points paying positions in ninth and tenth.