Spa GP2: Antonio Giovinazzi completes clean sweep for Prema

Antonio Giovinazzi sealed his third GP2 victory and completed a clean sweep of the weekend for Prema in race two at Spa

Spa GP2: Antonio Giovinazzi completes clean sweep for Prema

Giovinazzi tracked reverse grid polesitter Gustav Malja through the early laps, applying frequent pressure before sweeping around the outside into Les Combes just before half distance.

The Italian then edged away to win for the first time since his Baku double in June, moving back into second in the points - 17 behind championship-leading team-mate Pierre Gasly.

Malja continued his breakthrough Spa form for Rapax to secure second, with Trident's Luca Ghiotto fending off Gasly for the final podium spot.

Saturday winner Gasly starred again. The Red Bull Formula 1 test driver damaged his front wing in first-lap contact with Oliver Rowland through Les Combes and lost out to title rival Sergey Sirotkin in the process.

But when Sirotkin tried down the outside of Rowland into La Source next time around, Gasly repassed him on the exit then drove around the outside of Rowland at Eau Rouge to pass the MP driver too - despite his broken wing section.

Gasly subsequently picked off Jordan King then battling Russian Time team-mates Artem Markelov and Raffaele Marciello over the remaining laps before catching Ghiotto.

Marciello came home fifth, with Alex Lynn hustling through to sixth in a spectacular group battle involving Markelov and King.

King ended up seventh, but Markelov was spun out of the points at the final corner when he took a hit from Sirotkin.

The ART driver had dived down the inside of Rowland for ninth only to run into Markelov ahead and spin his fellow Russian in an incident that may well result in a penalty.

NEWS UPDATE: Sirotkin gets penalty for Markelov collision

Rowland dodged round it all to come home eighth ahead of Sirotkin and Sergio Canamasas, with Norman Nato making it through from the back row of the grid to 11th after his Saturday retirement.

RACE TWO RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 18 36m48.422s
2 Gustav Malja Rapax 18 2.359s
3 Luca Ghiotto Trident 18 3.921s
4 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 18 4.479s
5 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 18 6.634s
6 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 18 13.133s
7 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 18 16.274s
8 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 18 17.011s
9 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 18 18.821s
10 Alex Lynn DAMS 18 19.045s
11 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 18 20.170s
12 Jordan King Racing Engineering 18 20.458s
13 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 18 20.713s
14 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 18 24.657s
15 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 18 34.203s
16 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 18 35.557s
17 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 18 35.989s
18 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 18 41.645s
19 Philo Paz Armand Trident 18 43.500s
20 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 18 1m36.962s
21 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 17 1 Lap
22 Arthur Pic Rapax 17 1 Lap

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Pierre Gasly 146
2 Antonio Giovinazzi 129
3 Raffaele Marciello 120
4 Sergey Sirotkin 115
5 Oliver Rowland 104
6 Jordan King 98
7 Alex Lynn 87
8 Norman Nato 82
9 Luca Ghiotto 80
10 Artem Markelov 77
11 Mitch Evans 77
12 Nobuharu Matsushita 58
13 Arthur Pic 36
14 Gustav Malja 28
15 Sean Gelael 24
16 Nicholas Latifi 21
17 Marvin Kirchhofer 20
18 Sergio Canamasas 16
19 Jimmy Eriksson 10
20 Daniel de Jong 6
21 Nabil Jeffri 2
22 Rene Binder 0
23 Philo Paz Armand 0


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