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08/24/13
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Bird soars to Spa GP2 victory, Rossi 3rd  
From left, Ericsson (2nd), Bird (1st) and Rossi (3rd)
Sam Bird has claimed a dominant victory as his title rivals fell away in dry but overcast conditions, easily dispatching the competition as he picked up his fourth win of the season in this afternoon’s feature race at Spa-Francorchamps ahead of Marcus Ericsson and Alexander Rossi.

The Englishman’s win was set up at the start, when a solid start from pole allowed him to lead James Calado, who made a faster getaway but was on the outside of Bird at La Source, Fabio Leimer, who was slow to get off the front row, and Rossi, who made a great start and picked up a spot when Ericsson went wide at the corner.

Behind them Jolyon Palmer also squeezed past Ericsson, who soon lost out to a fast charging Felipe Nasr at La Source, just before a safety car period for Daniel De Jong, who hit the wall at Eau Rouge: when the race went live Nasr tried to dive inside his teammate at La Source but the pair came together, with the Brazilian out on the spot and losing his chance to take the championship lead.

Meanwhile, Stefano Coletti had put his puncture blues from yesterday behind him to push up into the points: the Monegasque driver had a great start and was setting fast times to push up to P3 when he stopped on lap 12: a slow stop dropped him back down the order, and damage picked up when Dani Clos ran into his back out of Eau Rouge meant his hopes of extending his points lead were over.

Rossi was stuck behind Ericsson or he may have made a run at Bird.  He settled for third.
With Bird well ahead of his rivals after a solid stop and just waiting for the last drivers to make their own pitstops, all eyes were on the fierce fight between Ericsson and Rossi: the American was fast everywhere, but the Swede had all the answers, easing home just over a second to the good, but seven seconds behind a cruising Bird when the checkered flag dropped. Fabio Leimer minimized the damage by coming home a quiet fourth, with Tom Dillmann and Julian Leal slotting home behind the Swiss driver. Stephane Richelmi held off a late challenge from James Calado, who was undoubtedly disappointed with his slow stop but at least salvaged P8 and tomorrow’s pole position, with Hilmer duo Robin Frijns and Adrian Quaife Hobbs picking up the last points of the race.

With the title leaders failing to score there is no change at the top of the championship table, with Coletti still holding on from Nasr by 135 points to 129, while Leimer closes up on 122 points, one ahead of Bird, and Calado is in P5 on 94 points ahead of Ericsson on 82 ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.

Spa-Francorchamps – Feature Race

POS NO DRIVERS TEAMS LAPS TIME GAP INT. BEST LAP
1 11 S. Bird RUSSIAN TIME 25 52:55.642 0.000 0.000 1:59.958 16
2 1 M. Ericsson DAMS 25 53:02.643 7.001 7.001 2:00.524 23
3 15 A. Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 25 53:03.884 8.242 1.241 2:00.234 14
4 8 F. Leimer Racing Engineering 25 53:09.592 13.950 5.708 2:00.678 24
5 12 T. Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 25 53:10.995 15.353 1.403 1:59.644 19
6 7 J. Leal Racing Engineering 25 53:14.285 18.643 3.290 2:00.520 18
7 2 S. Richelmi DAMS 25 53:21.728 26.086 7.443 2:00.813 9
8 3 J. Calado ART Grand Prix 25 53:23.201 27.559 1.473 2:01.042 9
9 23 R. Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 25 53:24.067 28.425 0.866 2:01.264 24
10 22 A. Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 25 53:26.139 30.497 2.072 2:01.078 24
11 6 M. Evans Arden International 25 53:28.832 33.190 2.693 2:00.857 20
12 19 S. Trummer Rapax 25 53:28.983 33.341 0.151 2:01.591 18
13 18 S. Coletti Rapax 25 53:29.479 33.837 0.496 2:00.994 18
14 5 J. Cecotto Arden International 25 53:44.612 48.970 15.133 2:01.664 20
15 10 J. Palmer Carlin 25 53:44.989 49.347 0.377 2:00.061 19
16 4 D. Abt ART Grand Prix 25 53:48.113 52.471 3.124 2:02.261 9
17 16 J. Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 25 53:52.744 57.102 4.631 2:02.312 11
18 25 V. Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 25 53:53.624 57.982 0.880 2:01.666 19
19 17 R. Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 25 53:59.270 63.628 5.646 2:01.724 25
20 26 D. Clos MP Motorsport 25 54:15.958 80.316 16.688 2:00.971 9
21 21 R. Teixeira Trident Racing 25 54:23.007 87.365 7.049 2:02.758 23
22 20 N. Berthon Trident Racing 25 54:24.527 88.885 1.520 2:00.217 19
DNF 14 S. Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 19 41:31.099 DNF - 2:01.869 15
DNF 9 F. Nasr Carlin 5 12:04.736 DNF - 2:03.509 3
DNF 27 D. De Jong MP Motorsport 3 6:29.498 DNF - 2:05.457 3

Fastest Lap: Tom Dillmann (RUSSIAN TIME) – 1:59.644 on lap 19
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