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Toronto Indy Lights: Alex Baron leads Gabby Chaves in Belardi 1-2

Alex Baron wins Toronto Indy Lights race 2014

Rookie Alex Baron led Gabby Chaves to a Belardi one-two in Sunday's Indy Lights race in Toronto.

On a damp but drying track, the Frenchman led the field away from pole and swiftly opened a gap over his team-mate.

Content that the job was done, Baron eased off a little over the final laps and crossed the line with a victory margin of 1.2358 seconds.

"It feels good to win a race, and even better to do it in Indy Lights because it is prestigious," he said. "So I am honoured and thrilled."

Second place was enough for Chaves to reinforce his points advantage over Zach Veach, although the Colombian was forced to pick up the pace towards the end in response to a late charge by Jack Harvey, who cut a 7.0s gap down to 0.3s.

"I couldn't keep with them at the start, and that's where the initial gap came from," Harvey said. "With the IndyCar race getting rescheduled our race was cut short by about 20 minutes, and those 20 minutes turned out to be the most important."

Matthew Brabham crossed the line in fourth, one place ahead of Veach.

Luiz Razia's difficult mid-season continued when he was forced to retire early on after a clash with Zach Meyer at Turn 1, while a single-car accident on the same lap accounted for Ryan Phinney.

Results - 36 laps:

Pos  Driver             Team          Time/Gap
 1.  Alex Baron         Belardi    40m45.1168s
 2.  Gabby Chaves       Belardi       +1.2358s
 3.  Jack Harvey        Schmidt       +1.5903s
 4.  Matthew Brabham    Andretti      +7.7825s
 5.  Zach Veach         Andretti     +18.3293s
 6.  Matthew di Leo     MDL          +51.3222s
 7.  Juan Piedrahita    Schmidt      +57.4824s
 8.  Juan Pablo Garcia  Schmidt    +1m05.3703s
 9.  Scott Anderson     Fan Force  +1m05.6787s
10.  Zack Meyer         Moore          -3 laps

Retirements:

     Ryan Phinny        BHA/JMM         3 laps
     Luiz Razia         Schmidt         3 laps
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