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DAMS driver Romain Grosjean recorded his third win of the season at Silverstone on Sunday, pulling away further at the top of the championship standings. The Frenchman claimed vicrtory ahead of Racing Engineering rival Dani Clos, while pole-sitter and chief title rival Giedo van der Garde slipped back to the final podium spot.
Pal Varhaug suffered a bizarre problem on the way to the grid, with the Norwegian being forced to stop his car on the exit of the last corner at the end of the warmup lap. However, Race Director Charlie Whiting saw reason to postpone the start and when the red lights went out, Van der Garde pulled away cleanly from pole position.
Second row starter Clos, who took advantage when Trident pilot Stefano Coletti stalled on the grid, quickly launched an attack on van der Garde. Just a few corners later he took control of the race with a fine overtaking move, while Varhaug eventually managed to get going after his formation lap troubles, albeit a lap down.
Grosjean began to put pressure on van der Garde and Clos as the race progressed, with the GP2 Asia Series Champion pressuring both men after a succession of extremely quick laps. On Lap 14, the 25-year-old comfortably found a way past van der Garde, before stealing the lead from Clos just one lap later.
Grosjean went on to pull out a seven second lead over second place man Clos, while van der Garde did just enough to fend off iSport’s Marcus Ericsson. Feature Race victor Jules Bianchi was next up in fifth, narrowly ahead of Britain’s Sam Bird who grabbed the final point. The result sees Grosjean extend his championship lead to nine points over van der Garde, while Bird occupies third place.
Round 6 of the championship takes place at the Nürburgring in a fortnight's time
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|2.||D. Clos||Racing Engin.||+7.019|
|3.||G. van der Garde||Barwa Addax||+7.760|
|5.||J. Bianchi||Lotus ART||+9.427|
|7.||C. Vietoris||Racing Engin.||+20.853|
|8.||E. Gutierrez||Lotus ART||+21.888|
|10.||C. Pic||Barwa Addax||+23.154|
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