Palmer reclaims series lead with win
|By Steven English||Sunday, August 1st 2010, 14:29 GMT|
Jolyon Palmer regained the Formula 2 championship lead just 24 hours after losing it, thanks to his commanding victory at Brno on Sunday.
The 19-year-old beat pole-sitter Dean Stoneman off the line - the second time in two days Stoneman has been unable to convert pole into a lead on the first lap.
The pair were closely matched at the beginning, until Stoneman lost half a second in a single sector on the fifth lap. From there on, Palmer worked to increase his lead slowly and it peaked at more than one second on lap 10.
Stoneman got it back down to under 0.6s before the finish, but had nothing in reserve to catch Palmer - who clinched his fifth win of the year.
"That was all about the start - it was a perfect getaway," Palmer said. "I couldn't pull away from Dean but we were both pulling away from third, so I just made sure not to make any mistakes and keep him behind.
"I was pretty relieved when the chequered flag came, but at the same time I was in control of my own race."
Philipp Eng lay third for almost the entire race. He reclaimed the place from Kazim Vasiliauskas around the outside of Turn 3, after losing it off the line. But his car ground to a halt on the final lap, handing the final podium spot back to Vasiliauskas.
Sergei Afanasiev, Benjamin Bailly and race one winner Nicola de Marco completed the top six, though de Marco's pace from Saturday was strangely absent and he spent most of his race attending to the advancs of Benjamin Lariche behind.
After Eng, Ricardo Teixeira was the race's only other retirement, parking up in the pits following contact and a spin with Plamen Kralev on the first lap.
Pos Driver Time/Gap 1. Jolyon Palmer 31m04.799s 2. Dean Stoneman +2.194 3. Kazim Vasiliauskas +11.258 4. Sergei Afanasiev +12.805 5. Benjamin Bailly +14.156 6. Nicola de Marco +19.813 7. Benjamin Lariche +20.953 8. Kelvin Snoeks +21.517 9. Jack Clarke +24.268 10. Will Bratt +26.292 11. Mihai Marinescu +30.509 12. Tom Gladdis +30.950 13. Armaan Ebrahim +33.897 14. Natalia Kowalska +39.745 15. Julian Theobald +43.701 16. Ivan Samarin +52.871 17. Plamen Kralev +1:05.803 Retirements Philipp Eng 15 laps Ricardo Teixeira 2 laps Fastest lap, Palmer 1m48.913s