Victory for Davide Valsecchi in the Monza sprint race handed the DAMS driver a 25pt lead in the 2012 GP2 drivers' championship with one round to go over Luiz Razia, who failed to score a single point this weekend in Italy.

A flying start from the second row allowed Valsecchi to split the front row cars of Stefano Coletti and Jolyon Palmer and take the lead, pulling Fabio Leimer through with him to the front. Leimer pushed hard to take the position from Valsecchi over the following 21 laps but the Italian was in no mood to let the prize slip through his fingers after having done all the hard work.

Marcus Ericsson also had a good start but overran the first chicane putting him into a race-long battle with Coletti for fourth place that was finally determined by the last run through Ascari, which saw Ericsson run wide and lose multiple positions before the chequered flag.

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Sprint race 2 results

1. #3 Davide Valsecchi DAMS 33:06.731s (21 laps)
2. #5 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 0.444s
3. #8 Jolyon Palmer iSport + 7.873s
4. #21 Stefano Coletti Rapax + 10.787s
5. #1 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Barwa Addax + 10.953s
6. #26 Max Chilton Carlin + 11.418s
7. #7 Marcus Ericsson iSport + 11.606s
8. #17 Juli?n Leal Trident Racing + 12.661s
9. #16 St?phane Richelmi Trident Racing + 13.383s
10. #12 Giedo van der Garde Caterham Racing + 14.540s
11. #18 Sergio Canamasas Venezuela GP Lazarus + 15.013s
12. #27 Rio Haryanto Carlin + 15.711s
13. #19 Ren? Binder Venezuela GP Lazarus + 15.934s
14. #9 James Calado Lotus GP + 16.667s
15. #6 Nathana?l Berthon Racing Engineering + 20.179s
16. #23 Luiz Razia Arden + 20.484s
17. #22 Simon Trummer Arden + 25.436s
18. #20 Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 29.051s
19. #2 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax + 30.292s
20. #11 Rodolfo Gonz?lez Caterham Racing + 34.034s
21. #4 Felipe Nasr DAMS + 74.092s
22. #14 Luca Filippi Scuderia Coloni + 86.253s


DNF #24 Victor Guerin Ocean Racing Technology (on lap 2)
DNF #25 Nigel Melker Ocean Racing Technology (on lap 2)
DNF #15 Fabio Onidi Scuderia Coloni (on lap 2)
DNF #10 Esteban Guti?rrez Lotus GP (on lap 2)