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Spa-Francorchamps - Race results (1)

Christian Vietoris led from start to finish, surviving a mid-race downpour that sent everyone diving into pits for wet weather tyres to beat Jules Bianchi and Romain Grosjean to the chequered.
Racing Engineer's Christian Vietoris reaped the rewards of winning pole position on Friday afternoon for the GP2 feature race, when he took the green flag from the drier right-hand side of a still-damp grid at Spa Francorchamps.

While those drivers on the other side of the grid struggled to get good starts - Michael Herck in particular suffering and causing the cars behind him to scatter to avoid a collision - Vietoris got a calm start ahead of fellow right-siders Jules Bianchi and Romain Grosjean. That order survived even the downpour and eight frantic, confused laps behind the safety car that saw multiple accidents and technical gremlins emerge.

Grosjean's hold on the GP2 championship became unassailable when main rival Giedo van der Garde was rear-ended by Rodolfo Gonzalez at the top of Radillon on lap 18, while the most serious accident saw Stefano Coletti require extended medical treatment after a clash with Mikhail Aleshin on the run down to Pouhon, reminiscent of the notorious David Coulthard/Michael Schumacher crash in the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.

Race results

1. #8 Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering 1:00:55.099s after 24 laps
2. #5 Jules Bianchi Lotus ART + 2.862s
3. #11 Romain Grosjean DAMS + 4.571s
4. #19 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni + 6.441s
5. #22 Brendon Hartley Ocean Racing Technology + 11.614s
6. #7 Dani Clos Racing Engineering + 12.471s
7. #16 Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova Racing + 18.906s *
8. #14 Josef Kral Arden International + 17.391s *
9. #17 Adam Carroll Super Nova Racing + 19.364s
10. #27 Davide Valsecchi Caterham Team AirAsia + 20.228s
11. #23 Johnny Cecotto Ocean Racing Technology + 22.899s
12. #9 Sam Bird iSport International + 23.358s
13. #12 Pal Varhaug DAMS + 24.110s
14. #6 Esteban Gutierrez Lotus ART + 31.304s
15. #24 Max Chilton Carlin + 1 lap
16. #18 Michael Herck Scuderia Coloni + 1 lap

Retirements

#4 Giedo van der Garde Barwa Addax Team (after 18 laps)
#10 Marcus Ericsson iSport International (after 18 laps)
#20 Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident Racing (after 18 laps)
#15 Jolyon Palmer Arden International (after 16 laps)
#25 Mikhail Aleshin Carlin (after 16 laps)
#21 Setfano Coletti Trident Racing (after 15 laps)
#2 Julian Leal Rapax (after 14 laps)
#1 Fabio Leimer Rapax (after 7 laps)
#3 Charles Pic Barwa Addax Team (after 1 lap)
#26 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia (after 1 lap)

* Positions of Kral and Fauzy reversed after the stewards' review of overtaking moves carried out behind the safety car.



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Romain Grosjean (FRA, Dams) on track at a wet Spa-Francorchamps. [Photo credit: Drew Gibson/GP2 Media Service.]
Christian Vietoris (GER, Racing Engineering) celebrates his victory. [Photo credit: Charles Coates/GP2 Media Service.]
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Cars line up on the grid for the race. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering), Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win in parc ferme. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) celebrates his win on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), celebrates on the podium with Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and 4. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) leads Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Alexander Rossi (USA, Racing Engineering) celebrates on the podium with Jordan King (GBR, Racing Engineering). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Matthew Parry (GBR, Koiranen GP) crashes into a wall. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Sunday 23 August 2015. Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident) crosses the line to take the win. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Race One Press Conference. Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. The Safety car is deployed Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service
2015 GP2 Series Round 7. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Thursday 20 August 2015. Daniel de Jong (NED, MP Motorsport). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in Parc Ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International), Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP3 Series Media Service.

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