Toronto Indy Lights: Alex Baron leads Gabby Chaves in Belardi 1-2
|By Mark Glendenning||Sunday, July 20th 2014, 14:18 GMT|
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