Spa GP2: Felipe Nasr scores fourth victory of the season
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, August 24th 2014, 09:26 GMT|
Felipe Nasr closed the gap on points leader Jolyon Palmer with his fourth GP2 Series victory of the season at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday morning.
Having grabbed the lead at the first corner, Carlin racer Nasr won the sprint race by five seconds from Johnny Cecotto Jr, who passed Palmer's DAMS car for second on lap two and took the fight to Nasr thereafter.
Trident's Cecotto got to within 0.6s of Nasr, but was never quite close enough to attempt a pass, and dropped well back in the closing stages as Nasr secured the bonus point for fastest lap.
Behind Palmer, Mitch Evans took fourth place right at the end for Russian Time when Hilmer's poleman Daniel Abt suffered a technical issue at Raidillon that handed him the position.
Stoffel Vandoorne finished sixth for ART, ahead of a charging Stefano Coletti, who came through to finish seventh from 24th on the grid.
His Racing Engineering team-mate Raffaele Marciello, who won on Saturday, spun on the opening lap and could only recover to 14th.
Palmer still leads the standings, but by the reduced margin of 32 points over Nasr.
Results - 18 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Felipe Nasr Carlin 36m14.575s 2. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident +5.157s 3. Jolyon Palmer DAMS +7.157s 4. Mitch Evans Russian Time +7.598s 5. Daniel Abt Hilmer +10.019s 6. Stoffel Vandoorne ART +10.648s 7. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering +14.038s 8. Andre Negrao Arden +20.391s 9. Tom Dillmann Caterham +21.675s 10. Julian Leal Carlin +22.486s 11. Marco Sorensen MP +26.510s 12. Stephane Richelmi DAMS +28.491s 13. Daniel de Jong MP +29.790s 14. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering +36.284s 15. Nathanael Berthon Lazarus +40.238s 16. Rio Haryanto Caterham +51.786s 17. Simon Trummer Rapax +54.342s 18. Kimiya Sato Campos +54.604s 19. Conor Daly Lazarus +54.874s 20. Arthur Pic Campos +55.574s 21. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax +59.175s 22. Takuya Izawa ART +59.423s 23. Rene Binder Arden +1m16.668s Retirements Sergio Canamasas Trident 13 laps Artem Markelov Russian Time 7 laps Jon Lancaster Hilmer 3 laps