Sam Bird has played his part in a British dominated afternoon at Silverstone as the RUSSIAN TIME driver won the GP2 Feature Race.
Coming in the session after Lewis Hamilton snatched pole for Mercedes, Bird was barely troubled for his 2.4 second victory over Stéphane Richelmi in the DAMS car.
Tom Dillmann came third in the sister RUSSIAN TIME car in what had to be the battle of the race fighting with eventual retiree Stefano Coletti. Lap after lap Dillmann tried everything in his powers to get passed the Rapax driver and it was only when the Monegasque locked a wheel braking into Club did Dillmann finally get passed into third place.
It didn’t get any better for Coletti as only a few corners later Fabio Leimer barged his way past at The Loop sending Coletti into retirement and the Racing Engineering driver into fourth.
Roehampton born Bird also had his own battles to deal with on his way to his third victory of the year. Bird had to deal with cars in front that were still to pit and a relative lack of pace meant the RUSSIAN TIME man was having difficulty getting past while Coletti was picking them off with relative ease.
The Monaco GP2 Sprint Race winner only regained a sense of control after team mate Dillmann pitted from a 21 second lead. From that point on he never looked troubled.
In fifth was Jon Lancaster who was probably lucky not to get penalised or at least punched when he went deep on the inside of James Calado at Brooklands with the ART Grand Prix man spinning off and eventually recovering. One man who felt the rough end of the penalty stick was Arden International’s Mitch Evans who, after pitting and coming out second, he was caught speeding in the pit lane and made to serve a ten second stop and go penalty which relegated him down to an eventual 19th position.
With Stefano Coletti and Felipe Nasr both retiring the top of the points table remains static on 120 and 96 points respectively. Bird has reduced the gap in third place but still trails by 13 points with Fabio Leimer 20 points further back on 66.
The Sprint Race takes place on Sunday at 09:35.