Fabio Leimer scored a dominant victory in the GP2 sprint race at Barcelona. In doing so the Swiss driver repeated his sprint race win at the circuit from last year, just as Charles Pic managed in the feature race.
Rapax driver Leimer started from pole position, having fought his way through from the back of the grid in the feature race. As he made a good getaway to lead into Turn 1, second place starter Jules Bianchi made a poor start and in an attempt to defend his position under breaking the French ART driver turned in on Giedo van der Garde and into the wall, taking the Dutch Addax driver with him and bringing out the safety car.
After the restart Leimer began to pull away from second place Dani Clos, winning the race with a margin of ten seconds over the Racing Engineering driver. Marcus Ericsson finished a further ten seconds back in third for iSport.
Ericsson's teammate Sam Bird ran fourth for much of the race but eventually succumbed to pressure from AirAsia man Davide Valsecchi. He set off after Ericsson but ran out of time to take third place.
Stefano Coletti had to defend hard from Josef Kral in the closing stages to keep hold of sixth and the final point. Kral made his move around the outside of the Trident driver at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap but the pair made contact putting both out of the race. This promoted Fairuz Fauzy into sixth place, who finished just ahead of Alvaro Parente and Pal Varhaug. Romain Grosjean made his way up from the back of the grid after his Race 1 exclusion, and tried to take eighth from DAMS teammate Varhaug on the last lap, but the rookie Norwegian kept the Frenchman behind.
Van der Garde and Bird share the standings lead after the second race weekend. Charles Pic, who finished last in the sprint race having been given a black and orange flag, is six points behind in third, with Grosjean two further points back after his point-less weekend. The next round takes place in Monaco next weekend.
Race result after 26 laps:
|2.||Dani Clos||Racing Engineering||10.190|
|3.||Marcus Ericsson||iSport International||20.711|
|4.||Davide Valsecchi||Team AirAsia||20.926|
|5.||Sam Bird||iSport International||27.339|
|6.||Fairuz Fauzy||Super Nova Racing||38.974|
|7.||Alvaro Parente||Racing Engineering||40.280|
|10.||Rodolfo Gonzalez||Trident Racing||51.503|
|12.||Esteban Gutierrez||Lotus ART||62.219|
|13.||Johnny Cecotto||Ocean Racing Technology||63.298|
|15.||Kevin Ceccon||Scuderia Coloni||63.604|
|16.||Kevin Mirocha||Ocean Racing Technology||64.895|
|17.||Jolyon Palmer||Arden International||65.099|
|19.||Charles Pic||Barwa Addax Team||86.905|
|20.||Stefano Coletti||Trident Racing||24 laps|
|21.||Josef Kral||Arden International||24 laps|
|Ret.||Luiz Razia||Team AirAsia||22 laps|
|Ret.||Luca Filippi||Super Nova Racing||21 laps|
|Ret.||Michael Herck||Scuderia Coloni||12 laps|
|Ret.||Jules Bianchi||Lotus ART||0 laps|
|Ret.||Giedo van der Garde||Barwa Addax Team||0 laps|