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Felipe Nasr sprints to fourth GP2 win this season at Spa

by Peter Allen
Felipe Nasr

Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service

Felipe Nasr scored his fourth victory of the GP2 season as he charged to the win in the Spa-Francorchamps sprint race.

Starting from fifth on the grid, the Brazilian made a good start and slotted into the lead when pole-sitter Daniel Abt ran deep at La Source.

Nasr’s title rival Jolyon Palmer moved up into second at Les Combes, challenging Abt around the outside and then running off track while Abt twitched mid-corner.

That put Johnny Cecotto up into third place and the Trident driver took second away from Palmer at Les Combes on lap two. Cecotto then set off after Nasr and put him under sustained pressure. He was consistently faster through sector one, and when he got to within 0.6s of the leader crossing the line with six laps left, it looks like he could challenge for the lead.

Nasr though responded just when he needed to, setting a personal best first sector. He then pulled away up front in the closing laps, claiming a five-second win.

Cecotto scored his second podium of the weekend, while Palmer held off a charging Mitch Evans in the final corners to take third. Nasr’s win and two bonus points for the fastest lap of the top ten finishers reduces the gap between him and Palmer to 32 points having been 43 in arrears at the start of the weekend.

Evans had only passed Abt exiting Raidillon for the last time, but closed to just 0.4s off Palmer at the flag. Abt, reporting a problem, held onto fifth from local ace Stoffel Vandoorne.

Stefano Coletti charged to seventh, just 14 seconds off the winner, after starting 24th. Andre Negrao was shuffled back to eighth after a good start had got him up into fifth, and Tom Dillmann and?Julian Leal completed the top ten.

Feature race winner Raffaele Marciello spun down to the back of the pack on the opening lap before recovering to 14th.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Felipe Nasr Carlin 18 laps in 36:14.575
2 Johnny Cecotto Trident +5.157
3 Jolyon Palmer DAMS +7.157
4 Mitch Evans Russian Time +7.598
5 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport +10.019
6 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix +10.648
7 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering +14.038
8 Andre Negrao Arden International +20.391
9 Tom Dillmann EQ8 Caterham Racing +21.675
10 Julian Leal Carlin +22.486
11 Marco Sorensen MP Motorsport +26.510
12 Stephane Richelmi DAMS +28.491
13 Daniel De Jong MP Motorsport +29.790
14 Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering +36.284
15 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus +40.238
16 Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing +51.786
17 Simon Trummer Rapax +54.342
18 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing +54.604
19 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus +54.874
20 Arthur Pic Campos Racing +55.574
21 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax +59.175
22 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix +59.423
23 Rene Binder Arden International +1:16.668
Not classified
Sergio Canamasas Trident +5 laps
Artem Markelov Russian Time +11 laps
Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport +15 laps