Andy Soucek took his first Formula 2 victory in an incident-packed second race at Brno today.
The Spaniard only started the race sixth but was in contention for the lead by the end of a hectic opening lap. Pole-sitter Henry Surtees and fellow front row starter Mikhail Aleshin both failed to make it off the line, and third-placed Mirko Bortolotti was also slow away.
There was a further pile-up at Turn 2 as Henri Karjalainen hit Alex Brundle, and Carlos Iaconelli, German Sanchez, Pietro Gandolfi, Jens Hoing and Robert Wickens - the latter with a clutch failure suffered on the way out of Turn 1 - were all sent into the gravel.
Nicola de Marco led Soucek after the restart, from Julien Jousse and Edoardo Piscopo. De Marco controlled the first half of the race until he spun out of the lead. The Italian rejoined in fourth and later reclaimed third, but any hope of a maiden victory was gone.
Soucek was handed the lead and didn't look back from there. Jousse had a quiet run to second, with Milos Pavlovic fifth behind de Marco and Piscopo.
Armaan Ebrahim completed the top six after Mirko Bortolotti spun out of the place mid-way through the race.
Pos Driver Time/Gap 1. Andy Soucek 30m43.788s 2. Julien Jousse + 2.165s 3. Nicola de Marco + 7.075s 4. Edoardo Piscopo + 10.044s 5. Milos Pavlovic + 11.498s 6. Armaan Ebrahim + 14.426s 7. Tobias Hegewald + 18.198s 8. Kazim Vasiliauskas + 18.864s 9. Philipp Eng + 19.477s 10. Tom Gladdis + 20.725s 11. Jason Moore + 26.764s 12. Sebastien Hohenthal + 28.067s 13. Jens Hoing + 38.498s 14. Jolyon Palmer + 56.838s 15. Jack Clarke + 58.400s 16. Henri Karjalainen + 1 lap Retirements: Natacha Gachnang 10 laps Mirko Bortolotti 6 laps Robert Wickens 2 laps Henry Surtees 0 laps Mikhail Aleshin 0 laps Carlos Iaconelli 0 laps Alex Brundle 0 laps German Sanchez 0 laps Pietro Gandolfi 0 laps