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Palmer dodges accidents to win sprint

That left Palmer with a massive 10s lead at the top of the timesheets ahead of Chilton, with van der Garde picking up third place ahead of iSport's Marcus Ericsson, van der Garde's Caterham team mate Rodolfo Gonzalez in fifth. Arden's Luiz Razia was one of the biggest beneficiaries of the opening lap chaos and was now up in sixth place with an excellent chance to make up some of the lost ground over the championship leader Valsecchi in the points standings.

With Julian Leal also pulling off the track and exiting the race on lap 12, fully half of the field had been eliminated from the race before the midway point. Inevitably, the thinning of the field combined with Palmer's huge lead made the rest of the race rather an anti-climax and something of a procession as everyone sought to simply make it to the end without further incidents. Chilton did his best to make a show of it now he didn't have the ailing Calado in the way: he was able to more than halve Palmer's huge lead, but then the iSport driver was hardly feeling under any pressure to push hard in response.

In the end, Palmer's margin of victory was down to just one second, but even so he had never been under any genuine pressure since the restart. Not only was it Palmer's first GP2 win, it was his first series podium and he was joined for his inaugural GP2 trophy presentation and champagne celebrations by Chilton and van der Garde.

Luiz Razia had not been able to make any further progress on sixth place, but he did ensure that he snatched up the extra points for fastest lap on the final circulation of the day.

Despite rejoining the race with a new front wing and going on to set some fastest sector times, Calado's streak of race finishes came to an end when he retired in the pit lane on lap 20. He was the last of the cars to exit the race, leaving just 12 cars to complete the race out of the starting grid of 26.

Full race results are available.




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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International). [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International) in action an Monaco. May 2012. [Photo Credit: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.]
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, iSport International) celebrates his victory on the podium with Max Chilton (GBR, Carlin) and Giedo Van der Garde (NED, Caterham Racing). [Photo Credit: Daniel Kalisz/GP2 Media Service.]
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), takes the chequered flag at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Daniel Abt (GER, Hilmer Motorsport), leads Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) & Artem Markelov (RUS, RT RUSSIAN TIME) at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) battle for the lead at the start at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin), Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) & Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 24 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) celebrates his win on the podium with Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) and Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 23 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) celebrates his win on the podium with Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) and Johnny Cecotto (VEN, Trident) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 23 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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SHAKEN - Unregistered

May 27, 2012 12:15 AM

I will take it thats Jonathan Palmer's son. Im not surprised as there are a whole load of ex-F1/ Bike racers with sons racing now. Theyre all over the place

MartinJSUK

May 26, 2012 6:46 PM

Looked like Palmer was at fault for the turn one accident. He left just over 1 car width for Richelmi, but didn't compute that Calado was there too, and that the track was just about to narrow to a point where James had no hope of either getting alongside Richelmi or backing out. Also, who else noticed that the medical car clipped the barrier as it tried to avoid the mayhem up the hill?



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