Palmer takes emphatic GP2 win

By on Saturday, July 27, 2013
GP2 Media Service

GP2 Media Service

Jolyon Palmer scored his first GP2 win of the season after an emphatic performance in the Hungarian feature race.

Palmer started from seventh on the grid on the medium tyres and was able to stop later than his option-shod rivals.

After making his pit stop for fresh medium tyres, Palmer emerged narrowly behind Marcus Ericsson.

Palmer hounded Ericsson for several laps before finally making his move stick after a stunning battle through the first few corners.

Palmer romped away to win by 15 seconds.

Ericsson had earlier taken the lead by making a fantastic move on Carlin's Felipe Nasr. The Brazilian rocketed away off the line and opened up a three second lead.

However, he was caught up during the pit stop phase and Ericsson pounced when Nasr was on cold tyres, sweeping around the outside of Turn 3.

Nasr closed in on Ericsson but was unable to re-pass his rival as he was hindered by an errant Johnny Cecotto Jr trying to unlap himself.

Fabio Leimer finished in fourth, ahead of Stephane Richelmi, Simon Trummer, Mitch Evans and Nathaniel Berthon.

Championship leader Stefano Coletti endured a dismal race. The Rapax driver was involved in contact at the start and managed only sixteenth place.

Pole sitter Tom Dillmann made a terrible start and slipped to sixth place. He also struggled with tyre wear and was later hit by Cecotto, causing damage to his car and ensuring he managed no better than twentieth place. Cecotto broke his front wing and was slapped with a drive through penalty that made little difference to his finishing position.

The race was truncated by one lap after series returnee Ricardo Teixiera stalled approaching the grid. As the drivers set out on the second formation lap, both MP Motorsport cars failed to join the rest of the field. All three cars were able to start from the pit lane.

The only other incident came when two time race winner Jon Lancaster hit Sergio Canamasas; Lancaster was given a drive through penalty and Canamasas was forced to retire.

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