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Spa - Race results (2)

Josef Kral emerged as a first-time winner in the GP2 Series, with victory in the Spa sprint race that proved a disaster for the two leading championship contenders.
Josef Kral got the best launch off the grid from fifth place at the start of the Spa sprint race, and when a series of incidents on the first lap thinned out the field of some of the leading threats around him, the Barwa Addax driver emerged in front and managed to hold off James Calado for the rest of the race.

Calado himself lost his expected second place finish when he was out-powered by Felipe Nasr out of the final corner on the last lap, but the Briton still managed to hold on to the final podium position across the line ahead of Saturday's feature race winner Marcus Ericsson in fourth.

It was a disastrous day for the championship leaders. Davide Valsecchi was caught out in a sandwich between Giedo van der Garde and Julian Leal out of the first corner, and then crashed into the barrier down the Kemmel Straight seeking to avoid a spinning Luiz Razia. Valsecchi retired, while Razia limped home well out of the points, meaning the pair leave Spa tied in the lead in the drivers' title battle.

Sprint race 2 results

1. #2 Josef Král Barwa Addax 36:59.474s (18 laps)
2. #4 Felipe Nasr DAMS + 5.109s
3. #9 James Calado Lotus GP + 5.290s
4. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport + 6.335s
5. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 11.041s
6. #16 Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing + 24.694s
7. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin + 25.237s
8. #14 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni + 25.957s
9. #17 Julián Leal Trident Racing + 26.257s
10. #8 Jolyon Palmer iSport + 27.441s
11. #21 Daniel de Jong Rapax + 32.681s
12. #15 Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni + 35.830s
13. #10 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus GP + 35.928s
14. #11 Rodolfo González Caterham Racing + 37.222s
15. #20 Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 37.867s
16. #22 Simon Trummer Arden + 38.387s
17. #19 René Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus + 41.470s
18. #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology + 47.175s
19. #6 Nathanaël Berthon Racing Engineering + 52.735s
20. #23 Luiz Razia Arden + 56.434s
21. #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing + 79.121s
22. #26 Max Chilton Carlin + 82.927s

Retirements

#18 Sergio Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus (on lap 9)
#3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS (on lap 9)
#1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax (on lap 0)

Did not start

#25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology (car damaged on Saturday)



Related Pictures

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Josef Kral (CZE, Barwa Addax Team) celebrates his victory in the Spa sprint race. (World Copyright: Andrew Ferraro/GP2)
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.
2015 GP3 Series Round 5. Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Saturday 22 August 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), leads Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Luca Ghiotto (ITA, Trident), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service

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Dylan - Unregistered

September 02, 2012 2:12 PM

No penalty for Calado for throwing Razia out of the track and race? No replays during the race of the accident? No SC to clean turn 1 that was clearly full of debris?? I've a feeling something off-track is going on lately trying to influence this year's GP2 champion!

Chael - Unregistered

September 02, 2012 2:29 PM

Definitely something outside track is going on! During the interview Calado said he would have to look what happened! Guess he simply threw Razia out of the race on purpose and not to bring questions on why he didn't get a penalty the broadcast simply ignored the crash. not sure why did Calado try to help Valsechi.



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