Luiz Razia wins for Arden in GP2 sprint race at Barcelona
|By Charles Bradley||Sunday, May 13th 2012, 09:38 GMT|
Arden International's Luiz Razia scored victory in the GP2 sprint race at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya in Spain on Sunday morning.
Razia led from start to finish from pole position, but had runner-up Nathanael Berthon for company for the first 16 laps. The Racing Engineering man shadowed his every move for much of the race before dropping back to finish 5.2 seconds in arrears at the chequered flag for his first podium finish in the category.
Points leader Davide Valsecchi finished third for DAMS, having failed in his bid to pass Berthon around the outside at the first turn, but came under pressure from James Calado (Lotus GP) in the closing stages. Calado had battled past team-mate Esteban Gutierrez and Caterham's Giedo van der Garde on the opening lap with some impressive passes.
Carlin's Max Chilton made a poor start from the front row, and finished fifth after Calado passed him with a tidy move at the hairpin on lap five.
Van der Garde held off Gutierrez for sixth, with Stefano Coletti eighth for Coloni ahead of Felipe Nasr (DAMS).
Fabio Onidi, who started third, went straight on the opening corner and would later spin his Coloni machine and get collected by Ocean's Nigel Melker.
Results - 25 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Luiz Razia Arden 40m08.411s 2. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 5.256s 3. Davide Valsecchi DAMS + 5.897s 4. James Calado Lotus + 6.575s 5. Max Chilton Carlin + 13.117s 6. Giedo van der Garde Caterham + 14.362s 7. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus + 14.874s 8. Stefano Coletti Coloni + 19.223s 9. Felipe Nasr DAMS + 19.703s 10. Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus + 21.570s 11. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 22.852s 12. Tom Dillmann Rapax + 23.312s 13. Johnny Cecotto Addax + 30.155s 14. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham + 30.601s 15. Rio Haryanto Carlin + 31.281s 16. Josef Kral Addax + 31.834s 17. Julian Leal Trident + 32.817s 18. Fabio Onidi Coloni + 34.371s 19. Stephane Richelmi Trident + 34.818s 20. Simon Trummer Arden + 35.426s 21. Victor Guerin Ocean + 38.977s 22. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 39.878s 23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 41.979s 24. Nigel Melker Ocean + 48.441s Retirements: Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus 3 laps Jolyon Palmer iSport 0 laps