Ramon Pineiro scores his second win of season at Red Bull Ring
|By Andrew van de Burgt||Saturday, August 27th 2011, 12:39 GMT|
Ramon Pineiro took his second F2 victory of the season in commanding style at Spielberg in Austria.
The polesitter made a perfect start and simply drove away from the field. In the opening stages he was consistently 0.2-0.3s quicker than Mirko Bortolotti in second. Pineiro's pace remained relentless - only twice did Bortolotti set a faster lap than him - and he duly won by over 5s.
Considering his pace in free practice, Bortolotti's performance was a surprise, but he won't be complaining about the result in terms of the championship. With nearest rival Christopher Zanella suffering a shocker, Bortolotti has extended his lead by 18 points.
Zanella ran fifth for much of the race, but dropped a place to Jack Clarke with a spin. Things got much worse when he was hit with a drive-through penalty for ignoring the track limits, and he finished back in 12th, out of the points.
Mihai Marinescu had to deal with race-long pressure from Alex Brundle as they fought over third. But the Romanian kept his cool to take his first F2 podium. Fifth was a great result for Clarke, who started 12th and survived a whack from Johannes Theobald at the first corner.
The incident actually sent Theobald barrel-rolling out of the race - his second such accident this season! It was a better race for his brother Julian, who had his best finish to date, taking sixth place.
Luciano Bacheta's strong F2 debut continued with a solid run to seventh, while Benjamin Lariche took eighth. Brit James Cole was ninth, while Plamen Kralev scored his first F2 point in 10th.
Results - 26 laps: Pos Driver Time/Gap 1. Ramon Pineiro 36m28.200s 2. Mirko Bortolotti + 5.401s 3. Mihai Marinescu + 14.153s 4. Alex Brundle + 14.574s 5. Jack Clarke + 26.893s 6. Julian Theobald + 31.358s 7. Luciano Bacheta + 34.381s 8. Benjamin Lariche + 35.115s 9. James Cole + 41.405s 10. Plamen Kralev + 47.603s 11. Maxim Snegirev + 49.176s 12. Christopher Zanella + 51.104s 13. Sunghak Mun + 53.975s 14. Armaan Ebrahim + 54.631s 15. Tobias Hegewald + 56.208s Retirements: Rene Binder 22 laps Kelvin Snoeks 13 laps Thiemo Storz 6 laps Parthiva Sureshwaren 3 laps Miki Monras 1 lap Mikkel Mac 1 lap Johannes Theobald 0 laps