Brazilian Felipe Nasr finally took his first win in the GP2 Series with victory in the sprint race in Spain for Carlin. After two seasons of being close to wins but ultimately missing out, he overtook pole man Tom Dillmann on lap two and withstood the challenge of championship leader Jolyon Palmer to take the victory.
Nasr made an excellent start from sixth on the grid to move into second place before making the move on Dillmann, while Palmer followed through to second on lap five. The DAMS driver challenged Nasr for a few laps but the Brazilian pulled away to win by 7.635s as Palmer suffered with a braking issue.
Dillmann, standing in this weekend for the injured Andre Negrao at Arden International, held on for third place ahead of fellow Frenchman Arthur Pic of Campos Racing and the second Carlin machine of Julian Leal. Yesterday’s race winner Johnny Cecotto Jr was sixth for Trident Racing, while DAMS’ Stephane Richelmi and Racing Engineering’s Stefano Coletti completed the top eight and the points places.
Front-row start Tio Ellinas had a bad start that made a gap for Nasr and Rio Haryanto to go through in the run down to the first corner. Unfortunately for Haryanto, the EQ8 Caterham Racing failed to finish the first lap as he clashed with Palmer resulting in retirement.
Mitch Evans was having a strong race for Russian Time, but while running sixth his tyres went off and he plummeted down the order and out of the points. Team-mate Artem Markelov has been hit with a five-place grid-drop penalty for the Monaco feature race after being found guilty of causing a needless crash with Rapax driver Simon Trummer that eliminated both drivers on the second lap.
Barcelona Sprint Race Result
|3||Tom Dillmann||FRA||Arden International||+13.814s|
|4||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||+14.172s|
|6||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||+18.842s|
|8||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||+22.993s|
|10||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||+31.379s|
|11||Tio Ellinas||CYP||MP Motorsport||+31.839s|
|12||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||+32.142s|
|13||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||+33.313s|
|14||Alexander Rossi||USA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+34.189s|
|15||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||+37.025s|
|16||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||+38.689s|
|17||Facu Regalia||ARG||Hilmer Motorsport||+39.975s|
|18||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||+44.122s|
|19||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||+1m14.656s|
|20||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||+2 Laps|
|RET||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||2 Laps|
|RET||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||2 Laps|
|RET||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||2 Laps|
|RET||Simon Trummer||SWI||Rapax||1 Lap|
|RET||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||1 Lap|
|RET||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||0 Laps|