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Nurburgring GP2: Jon Lancaster resists James Calado for second win

Jon Lancaster scored a second successive GP2 sprint race victory at the Nurburgring on Sunday morning, holding off the challenge of fellow Brit James Calado

Lancaster charged into the lead from the start, controlling a lock-up into the first corner and then extending a 3.2-second lead before the safety car was required to recover Stephane Richelmi's stranded car.

At the restart Lancaster's Hilmer car pulled away again, while poleman Tom Dillmann held up a big queue of cars as he was forced to start on older tyres than many of those around him.

ART driver Calado took a couple of laps to pass Dillmann, doing so with a brave lunge at Turn 4, with Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer also passing him also on the exit.

Robin Frijns passed Felipe Nasr for seventh, but his move on Sam Bird a lap later ended in a spin at Turn 4.

With Dillmann dropping out with a transmission issue, it was Ericsson's turn to struggle on older tyres with a queue of cars behind him.

Nasr passed Bird at Turn 4 on lap 20, and eased past Ercisson a lap later for fourth. He chased down Leimer, but failed to get the last place on the podium by 1.7s.

Johnny Cecotto clashed with Bird at Turn 4, but came through to finish fifth, ahead of Alexander Rossi, Mitch Evans and Bird.

Results - 24 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team                  Time/Gap
 1.  Jon Lancaster        Hilmer              42m37.655s
 2.  James Calado         ART                    +1.528s
 3.  Fabio Leimer         Racing Engineering    +25.797s
 4.  Felipe Nasr          Carlin                +27.527s
 5.  Johnny Cecotto       Arden                 +32.336s
 6.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham              +34.479s
 7.  Mitch Evans          Arden                 +34.751s
 8.  Sam Bird             Russian Time          +36.635s
 9.  Simon Trummer        Rapax                 +40.088s
10.  Rene Binder          Lazarus               +40.237s
11.  Jolyon Palmer        Carlin                +41.402s
12.  Julian Leal          Racing Engineering    +42.434s
13.  Marcus Ericsson      DAMS                  +43.482s
14.  Rio Haryanto         Addax                 +43.806s
15.  Nathanael Berthon    Trident               +43.979s
16.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  MP                    +53.763s
17.  Sergio Canamasas     Caterham              +54.039s
18.  Jake Rosenzweig      Addax                 +59.684s
19.  Daniel Abt           ART                 +1m01.093s
20.  Stefano Coletti      Rapax               +1m09.152s
21.  Fabrizio Crestani    Lazarus                 +1 lap

Retirements:

     Tom Dillmann         Russian Time           14 laps
     Robin Frijns         Hilmer                 10 laps
     Daniel de Jong       MP                      2 laps
     Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                     1 lap

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