Alex Lynn has opened his GP2 Series account with victory in the Circuit de Catalunya sprint encounter, a race concluded under the safety car after a high-speed crash for Antonio Giovinazzi.

The DAMS driver started fourth on the grid after finishing fifth in yesterday's feature race but a superb start and opening few bends would see him up to second place before relieving pole sitter Raffaele Marciello of the lead at the start of lap four.

From here the Williams F1 development driver stretched clear of the pack, chased up by Pierre Gasly, the Frenchman making good gains in the Prema car having started sixth but unable to make in-roads into his former team-mate.

However, the race was made a formality anyway with six laps to go when it was brought under safety car conditions in a wake of a frightening crash for rookie Giovinazzi, who clipped the back of Sean Gelael as they disputed 13th on the run to turn nine.

Unable to scrub off speed - despite also clipping the unlucky Arthur Pic up ahead as he spun out of control -, the Italian struck the barrier hard. Though able to get out of the car initially, he was taken to the medical centre for checks.

With the race effectively ending under the safety car, Lynn could hold onto his third career GP2 win from Lynn, with Jordan King completing the top three having also gotten the better of Marciello.

Artem Markelov completed a fruitful weekend in fourth, ahead of the fading Marciello, while Oliver Rowland picked up positions in the final lap to secure the final point in sixth for MP Motorsport.

Feature race winner Norman Nato finished down in 16th after running off the first corner and failing to recover.

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