Lancaster claims maiden GP2 win

By on Sunday, June 30, 2013
GP2 Media Service

GP2 Media Service

British driver Jon Lancaster claimed his maiden GP2 victory after dominating the Sprint race on Sunday.

Julian Leal made a slow getaway from pole position and it was fourth placed Lancaster who rocketed into the lead at Abbey.

Behind him, Stephane Richelmi made contact with Jolyon Palmer while Johnny Cecotto pitted for repairs.

Contact also allowed several others to make progress. James Calado surged from ninth to third on the first lap, while Stefano Coletti, Alexander Rossi and Felipe Nasr also profited from the misfortune of others.

The safety car was deployed briefly early on when Daniel Abt lost control of his ART exiting Farm, ending up facing backwards in the middle of the circuit.

Palmer's messy race continued when he made contact while trying to lap Sergio Canamasas and retired from the race.

Canamasas was given a 10 second stop and go penalty for his transgression.

Up front it was plain sailing for Lancaster, whose lead was never in threat as he maintained a four second gap back to Indonesian driver Rio Haryanto.

Haryanto secured second place, ahead of Calado, Leal and feature race winner Sam Bird.

Nasr's starring drive ended with him finishing in seventh place as he was unable to pass Tom Dillmann on the final lap.

Marcus Ericsson took the final point for eighth place.

In GP3 it was pole sitter Giovanni Venturini who took victory in Race 2.

The Italian led away from the front of the grid and was briefly challenged by British racer Nick Yelloly.

Yelloly attempted to go around the outside of his rival at Village but was forced to play second fiddle.

There was minor contact behind involving Dino Zamparelli and Conor Daly, while Robert Visoiu was also forced out of the race.

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