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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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Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates with champagne on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International), Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates win with his father Jonathan at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014.(Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates victory at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Newly-crowned 2014 GP2 Series Champion Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates in Parc Ferme at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Steven Tee/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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