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Pantano extends lead with sprint podium.

After losing a certain win in the Valencia feature race, Giorgio Pantano rebounded with a podium in the sprint race to extend his lead in the GP2 standings to 13 points.

The Racing Engineering man had been forced to start down in 14th place as a result of his last lap retirement while leading the feature race but he made a storming start to the sprint event around the Spanish street circuit to jump up six places into eighth.

He made up another place when Pastor Maldonado went off and by the time his closest rival in the standings Bruno Senna went off into the wall, the Italian was lying in fifth place.

Contact between Luca Filippi and Romain Grosjean which forced Grosjean out of the race promoted Pantano to fourth place and it was a position he held to the flag – finishing just off the podium behind Jerome D'Ambrosio.

However, when Filippi was hit with a post-race penalty for the incident with Grosjean, Pantano was promoted into a podium position which allowed him to further extend his lead over Senna in the standings with just two meetings left to run.

"In the end we finished third starting from 14th which is good after what happened yesterday," he said. "There was nothing more we could do. Of course it is upsetting what happened yesterday and I am happy to have at least finished third today, especially as Senna didn't score points."

With team-mate Javier Villa coming through from 21st on the grid to finish fifth once Filippi's penalty was taken into account, team boss Alfonso de Orleans Borbon was a happy man at the end of what had been a challenging weekend.

"I am very happy with the performance of both our drivers in today's race," he said. "They both had great starts, drove well and were able to score points.

"However, we know that many more points were within reach this weekend, so our overall summary cannot be a positive one. Like always, our boys did an excellent job and deserve a big thank you for what has been a very difficult weekend."


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Giorgio Pantano - Racing Engineering   [pic credit: GP2 Series]
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the second of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Thursday, April 17 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dean Stoneman (GBR, Marussia Manor Racing) at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain on the first of two days of official GP3 pre-season testing on Wednesday, April 16 2014. (Photo Credit: Andrew Ferraro/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin) at the start of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), 1st, Simon Trummer (SUI, Rapax), 2nd, & Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), 3rd, take the chequered flag at the end of Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win in parc ferme after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win with his mechanics after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer, Simon Trummer and Julian Leal celebrate on the podium after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), receives his 3rd place trophy after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), walks to the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)

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