Having been up in 16th place, Nathanael Berthon was again the victim of a spin early in the race this time with the assistance of Caterham's Sergio Canamasas which dropped the Trident car to the rear of the field. Canamasas soon joined him there after being handed a drive-thru penalty by the stewards. Racing Engineering's Julian Leal was lucky to escape a similar fate or an thumping contact that bounced Jake Rosenzweig off the track, let alone a second scare in which he forced Fabio Crestani's Venezuela GP Lazarus car fully off onto the grass. Leal faces a post-race investigation into the first incident.
As the race came down to the last six laps, all the careful biding of time and tyres was out of the window as ART gave Calado the green light to try running down Lancaster, who had now dialled back his own pace to maintain a lead of around a second and a half over his compatriot. Leimer and Ericsson held watching briefs in third and fourth but both were seriously concerned about tyre wear, while Sam Bird had survived his clash with Frijns but was now under heavy pressure from Carlin's Felipe Nasr. That finally paid off for the Brazilian when he captured fifth place on lap 20, and then fourth place minutes later from Ericsson who was by now struggling badly with an almost total loss of grip from his rear tyres.
Bird meanwhile was left under attack from Arden's Johnny Cecotto Jr., and contact between the two cars as Bird tried to defend sent the Briton off onto the grass and allowed Cecotto, Alexander Rossi (Caterham) and Mitch Evans (Arden) all to take advantage. All three quickly hunted down Ericsson and passed the feature race winner, the cumulative result being that the Swede was pushed out of the points in the final laps.
Up front, Calado's attempts to hunt down the leader had come to nought and Lancaster calmly controlled the remaining laps to cross the line in first place to claim back-to-back sprint race wins to add to his home victory last weekend at Silverstone. Making it a British 1-2, Calado will be happy enough with two second place finishes at the Nurburgring to finally reignite his championship standings after a disappointing start to the season, especially with points leader Coletti faltering today.
A long way back from the leading pair by the end, Fabio Leimer was able to hold off Felipe Nasr's late charge to retain the final podium position. Johnny Cecotto led his merry band of late chargers (Rossi and Evans) across the line in fifth, sixth and seventh respectively, while Bird was able to cling on to eighth place ahead of Rene Binder (Venezuela GP Lazarus) and Simon Trummer (Rapax) to round out the top ten.
In the championship standings, Coletti exits Germany with a lead of 27 points over Nasr in the GP2 championship standings, with Sam Bird and Fabio Leimer close behind and now joined in fifth position by Calado who is pulls himself to within just under 50 points off the lead after his two podium finishes this weekend.
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