Alex Lynn dominates GP2 Sprint Race

by Katy McConnachie

Alex Lynn claimed victory on Sunday, when the DAMS driver dominated the Sprint Race in Barcelona to finish ahead of Pierre Gasly and Jordan King.

Rafaelle Marciello started on Pole Position, despite having a last minute incident with Antonio Giovinazzi during Saturday’s Feature Race. Marciello made a good getaway from the starting line, to hold off Jordan King into Turn 1. As Marciello delayed King, the DAMS of Lynn squeezed past the Racing Engineering driver, taking second position. Two laps later, the Williams Martini Racing test driver made it past the leading Italian in the RUSSIAN TIME machine.

Gasly began slicing his way through the field, as both he and King were able to get past Marciello, who was losing positions quite quickly. The Red Bull Junior driver didn’t take long to get past King, in order to take second position on Lap 6. Sergey Sirotkin and Luca Ghiotto also began making their way through the field, both drivers putting their individual problems from Saturday behind them.

Lynn and Gasly were pulling away from the rest of the field, making it a two horse race whilst further behind, Giovinazzi and Sean Gelael came together. The Italian went over the rear wheels of his rival, tagging Arthur Pic, whom was innocent in the whole incident. The Safety Car made an appearance and lasted until the final turn of the race.

Lynn managed the last turn drag race to take the victory ahead of Gasly. Gasly took his second race podium of the weekend, and King claimed his first of the season whilst Artem Markelov settled for fourth position. His RUSSIAN TIME teammate Marciello finished fifth, and Oliver Rowland finished ahead of Nicholas Latifi, after he managed to get past him just before the Safety Car at the end of the race.

At the end of the first GP2 Series race weekend, Pierre Gasly leaves the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya at the front of the drivers’ standings with a total of 33 points. Norman Nato is second, whilst Alex Lynn lies in third position. In the constructor’s standings, DAMS and Racing Engineering share the lead ahead of the next round in Monaco.

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