Lancaster Makes It Two Wins In A Week With Sprint Victory


Lancaster added his Nurburgring win to his Silverstone victory last weekend (Credit: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service)

Jon Lancaster has taken two GP2 sprint race victories in a week as he stormed to victory at the Nurburgring.

Lancaster in the Hilmer Motorsport car had lined up second behind Tom Dillmann but the Brit managed to out pace the RUSSIAN TIME  driver going into turn one and from that point on he never looked back.

Dillmann looked like he was struggling from the off and it was evident that he was holding up a number of drivers including: Felipe Nasr, second place man James Calado and eventual third place driver Fabio Leimer in the Racing Engineering machine.

Indeed Calado – in the ART Grand Prix car, was all over Dillmann but it was not until a safety car period – to recover the damaged car of Stéphane Richelmi having been in a battle with Daniel De Jong – it was after the safety car came in that the British driver got past at the hairpin and into second place.

One man who will feel he could have got more from the second GP2 race of the weekend was Lancaster’s Hilmer team mate Robin Frijns – he had battled past Nasr, Stefano Coletti and Sam Bird but as Dillmann slowed into eventual retirement, Frijns went for a slightly too small gap to get ahead of Marcus Ericsson and the eventual spin and sustained damage put the Dutchman out of the race.

Those with fresher tyres were the ones in the best position to take the initiative as the laps drew to an end – Nasr racing for Carlin certainly made his presence  getting past Sam Bird and Ericsson with ease on his way to fourth place.

Rouding out the points positions were Johnny Cecotto in fifth, Alexander Rossi seventh and Bird claimed eighth for RUSSIAN TIME.

In the points standings, Stefano Coletti retains his GP2 lead on 130 points with Nasr behind on 108 points, Bird has 90 points and is only two ahead of Leimer who himself is only four ahead of Calado who has 84 points.

The next GP2 meeting is at the Hungaroring at the end of July.