Jon Lancaster Completes British Sweep Of Silverstone GP2 Weekend


Lancaster's win followed Sam Bird's Feature Race win (Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service)

The Brits ruled again in GP2 at Silverstone as Jon Lancaster stormed to an almost lights to flag victory as it became two British winners in the two GP2 races.

The Hilmer Motorsport man led going into the first corner having started from the second row, overtaking both pole sitter Julian Leal (who finished fourth) and eventual second place man Rio Haryanto in the Barwa Addax car.

For much of the grid the first lap involved trying to get around a second corner coming together of Stéphane Richelmi and Jolyon Palmer – Richelmi finished 19th whilst the British Carlin driver had to retire.

With Lancaster having free track ahead of him he strung together fastest lap after fastest lap with rivals behind him, trying to save tyres, failing to keep up.

In the middle of the race, Sam Bird in the RUSSIAN TIME car – smelling another podium – started hassling Marcus Ericsson. The Swedish DAMS driver put up a strong line of defence but fell foul of an unexpectedly slow Sergio Canamasas who was struggling back to the pits with a broken front wing.

Ericsson got the rough end of the stick again towards the end of the race as Felipe Nasr, who had utilised an effective tyre management strategy, slid past him going in to The Loop and was on a charge to overtake Tom Dilmann, who finished fifth, but with too few laps remaining Nasr had to settle for sixth.

James Calado, starting eighth on the grid, managed to swoop into the podium places in third, with pole sitter Julian Leal eventually finishing fourth.

What this means in the points table is that the top three remain the same but with the gaps between them shrinking. Stefano Coletti finished outside the points for Rapax but still remains 22 points clear of Nasr in second place who has 98 points. Sam Bird is now a lot closer than before with only 9 points separating him from Nasr.

The next GP2 race is at the Nurburgring this weekend supporting the German Grand Prix.