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DATE News (chronologically)
08/25/13
gp2
Calado scores first GP2 win  
Julian Leal (Racing Engineering), James Calado (ART Grand Prix), Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
James Calado claimed his first win of the season from pole position in this morning’s sprint race at Spa-Francorchamps, but he didn’t have it all his own way: the Englishman built up an early lead before Julian Leal came back at his rival, pushing him all the way to the flag with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs right behind the pair.

Calado made a decent start when the lights went out, taking advantage as his fellow front row starter Stéphane Richelmi bogging down on a damp patch of track to lead the field into La Source, with Leal also squeezing by the Monegasque driver. Quaife-Hobbs made a great start from P8 to blast by Fabio Leimer on the Kemmel straight, while Series leader Stefano Coletti made an even better start from P13 on the option tires to steal fifth place from Leimer at the Bus Stop.

Calado was soon setting a string of fastest laps as he built a big lead over the Colombian, while everyone was looking to see what their tires could do. If Coletti was gambling on rain to make his strategy come off, it was a losing hand: Leimer pushed inside and through at La Source on lap 9, with the rest of the train soon blowing by as the Monegasque driver was left rueing another weekend of bad luck.

American Alexander Rossi turned the fastest lap of the race by a wide margin in Sunday's sprint race but had to make an unscheduled stop that ruined his chances
He wasn’t alone as Leal, who had clearly been protecting his tires, soon started taking chunks out of Calado’s lead each time through, with Quaife-Hobbs also closing in. The leader was doing everything he could to take his first victory at the famous circuit, but the Colombian was all over his rear wing and looking for more.

Calado was forced to watch his mirrors for the final few tours, but was inch perfect in his lines: Leal just couldn’t find a way by and had to make do with second for his first ever GP2 podium, just 0.4 off Calado as the flag dropped, while Quaife-Hobbs followed them through in third. Richelmi spent most of the race on his own for fourth, with Leimer losing too much time behind Coletti to close up. Jolyon Palmer endured another torrid race after being hit by Dani Clos but held on for P6 ahead of Johnny Cecotto, while Tom Dillmann had huge pressure from Felipe Nasr on the last lap and was forced into an error at the Bus Stop before cutting across for the final point.

Despite another bitter weekend, Coletti holds onto his lead in the drivers’ championship from Nasr by 135 points to 129, with Leimer closing in to 128 ahead of Bird on 121, Calado on 111 and Ericsson on 82 points, while Carlin leads the teams’ championship on 197 points from RUSSIAN TIME on 185, Racing Engineering on 170, with Rapax and DAMS both on 153 points ahead of the next round at Monza in two week’s time.

Results

POS NO DRIVERS TEAMS LAPS TIME GAP INT. BEST LAP
1 3 J. Calado ART Grand Prix 18 36:21.338 0.000 0.000 2:00.298 3
2 7 J. Leal Racing Engineering 18 36:21.785 0.447 0.447 2:00.516 2
3 22 A. Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer Motorsport 18 36:22.870 1.532 1.085 2:00.515 14
4 2 S. Richelmi DAMS 18 36:39.243 17.905 16.373 2:01.390 5
5 8 F. Leimer Racing Engineering 18 36:50.391 29.053 11.148 2:01.379 11
6 10 J. Palmer Carlin 18 36:54.622 33.284 4.231 2:01.424 15
7 5 J. Cecotto Arden International 18 36:58.659 37.321 4.037 2:01.724 15
8 12 T. Dillmann RUSSIAN TIME 18 37:01.390 40.052 2.731 2:02.088 6
9 9 F. Nasr Carlin 18 37:01.793 40.455 0.403 2:00.822 17
10 6 M. Evans Arden International 18 37:04.759 43.421 2.966 2:01.916 7
11 19 S. Trummer Rapax 18 37:05.711 44.373 0.952 2:02.274 14
12 14 S. Canamasas EQ8 Caterham Racing 18 37:06.508 45.170 0.797 2:01.835 8
13 20 N. Berthon Trident Racing 18 37:07.325 45.987 0.817 2:01.920 16
14 11 S. Bird RUSSIAN TIME 18 37:08.797 47.459 1.472 2:02.369 5
15 1 M. Ericsson DAMS 18 37:11.479 50.141 2.682 2:02.507 8
16 4 D. Abt ART Grand Prix 18 37:12.064 50.726 0.585 2:02.178 3
17 27 D. De Jong MP Motorsport 18 37:12.156 50.818 0.092 2:01.389 16
18 25 V. Ghirelli Venezuela GP Lazarus 18 37:14.804 53.466 2.648 2:02.251 4
19 26 D. Clos MP Motorsport 18 37:15.870 54.532 1.066 2:01.849 16
20 24 R. Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus 18 37:21.134 59.796 5.264 2:02.703 7
21 16 J. Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 18 37:24.390 63.052 3.256 2:02.508 4
22 15 A. Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 18 37:39.373 78.035 14.983 1:59.880 15
23 18 S. Coletti Rapax 18 37:42.977 81.639 3.604 2:01.271 16
24 21 R. Teixeira Trident Racing 18 37:49.294 87.956 6.317 2:02.941 4
25 17 R. Haryanto Barwa Addax Team 17 36:32.513 1 LAP 1 LAP 2:01.784 4
DNF 23 R. Frijns Hilmer Motorsport 1 2:11.841 DNF - - -

Fastest Lap: Alexander Rossi: 1:59.880 Lap 15

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