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GP2 Spain 2013: Frijns takes maiden win for Hilmer

Nasr's blood was well and truly up and he had no compunction about attacking his own Carlin team mate Jolyon Palmer for second spot. Despite making slight contact with the back of Palmer's car, Nasr completed the move and left the Briton struggling to fend off an assault from his compatriot Bird - which he did, but at the cost of forcing Bird off the track into a spin that dumped Bird out of the race. Palmer's move was investigated by the race stewards after the race and he was subsequently handed a 20s penalty in lieu of a drive-thru.

While Nasr was doing all he could to hunt down Frijns for the lead, there was an edge-of-the-seat battle for the final podium position between Palmer, Dillmann and Lancaster. Dillmann pushed it too hard however and ran wide, allowing Lancaster and Coletti to re-pass him as he dropped back to sixth place by the chequered flag.

At the front, Frijns had ensured that he kept enough in hand over Nasr to clinch the win, while once the threat for Dillmann was ended it was a relatively easy third place for Palmer ahead of Lancaster and Coletti. Behind Dillmann, Alexander Rossi came home in seventh place with Kevin Ceccon in eighth initially securing the sprint pole for Trident under reverse grid rules.

However, although Palmer shared the podium with Frijns and Nasr, he would subsequently lose his third place and drop to tenth as a result of the 20s penalty for forcing Bird off track four laps from the end. That promoted Jon Lancaster onto the podium in his place in only his second race weekend in GP2 and his first in 2013, and gave Hilmer their perfect third outing in the GP2 Series since taking over from former series stalwarts Ocean Racing Technology at the start of the year. As early impressions go, that's not bad at all for the trio of Frijns, Lancaster and Hilmer. - and hopefully the first of many for all three.

With Ceccon promoted to seventh by Palmer's demotion, he'll start from the front row for Sunday's sprint race but it's Arden's Johnny Cecotto Jr. who is the lucky dog as he inherits pole position for the morning outing.

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Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory after the Spain feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcalona - Saturday, May 11. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory after the Spain feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcalona - Saturday, May 11. (World Copyright: Malcolm Griffiths/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport) celebrates his victory on the podium with Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Jolyon Palmer (GBR, Carlin) after the Spain feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcalona - Saturday, May 11. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Robin Frijns (NED, Hilmer Motorsport) crosses the line to take victory. Action after the Spain feature race at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcalona - Saturday, May 11. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series 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.)

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