Barcelona GP2: Felipe Nasr beats Jolyon Palmer to claim first win

Felipe Nasr scored his first victory in the GP2 Series in Sunday morning's sprint race at Barcelona, his 50th start in the category

Barcelona GP2: Felipe Nasr beats Jolyon Palmer to claim first win

Carlin racer Nasr, who made a fantastic start from sixth on the grid, passed poleman Tom Dillmann's Arden car on lap two to take the lead that he would not relinquish until the chequered flag.

Points leader Jolyon Palmer, following an early clash with Rio Haryanto, took the fight to Nasr in his DAMS car, after passing Dillmann with an audacious move at Turn 7 on lap five. Palmer chased down Nasr, and stayed with him for the first half of the race, before Nasr pulled away.

Palmer came back at him in the closing stages, but a big lock-up at Turn 1 sent him across the run-off, and he dropped back to finish 7.6s behind the Brazilian. "I had a really long brake [pedal] at the end," said Palmer, who extended his points lead to 22 points.

Dillmann finished third, having been a last-minute call-up for Arden, just holding off a charging Arthur Pic. Julian Leal finished fifth, ahead of yesterday's winner Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Mitch Evans had run sixth, having charged up from 14th on the grid, but rooted his tyres and tumbled back to the tail of the field.

Results - 26 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Felipe Nasr Carlin 42m01.901s 2. Jolyon Palmer DAMS +7.635s 3. Tom Dillmann Arden +13.814s 4. Arthur Pic Campos +14.172s 5. Julian Leal Carlin +14.732s 6. Johnny Cecotto Trident +18.842s 7. Stephane Richelmi DAMS +19.236s 8. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering +22.993s 9. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax +30.744s 10. Stoffel Vandoorne ART +31.379s 11. Tio Ellinas MP +31.839s 12. Daniel Abt Hilmer +32.142s 13. Takuya Izawa ART +33.313s 14. Alexander Rossi Caterham +34.189s 15. Kimiya Sato Campos +37.025s 16. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering +38.689s 17. Facu Regalia Hilmer +39.975s 18. Sergio Canamasas Trident +44.122s 19. Daniel de Jong MP +1m14.656s 20. Mitch Evans Russian Time +2 laps Retirements: Rio Haryanto Caterham 2 laps Artem Markelov Russian Time 2 laps Simon Trummer Rapax 2 laps Rene Binder Arden 1 lap Conor Daly Lazarus 1 lap Nathanael Berthon Lazarus 0 laps 
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