Kral picks up maiden victory in Belgium

Kral picks up maiden victory in Belgium

2 September 2012 – Josef Kral has claimed his maiden GP2 victory with a storming start and mature drive to claim the win in this morning's sprint race in Spa Francorchamps, winning by five seconds from Felipe Nasr, who stole second from James Calado at the final corner.

The Czech driver's victory was set up at the start: front row starters Nasr and Julian Leal were slow to get off the line and had no response to Kral's flying getaway, with Calado following him inside and through at turn one. They stayed ahead of the mayhem behind when Johnny Cecotto spun Max Chilton into Nathanaël Berthon's path, while Giedo van der Garde was squeezed by Davide Valsecchi and Leal at the exit.

Up the hill and Calado was lucky to stay on track when he and Luiz Razia came together: the Series leader spun and his title rival Valsecchi had to take to the grass to avoid him, with the pair soon back in the pits for a check up, along with most of the first corner incident drivers.

Further back and Esteban Gutiérrez was determined to make up for yesterday's bad luck as he worked his way through the field: P8 at the end of the first lap, he soon disposed of Marcus Ericsson, Rio Haryanto and Stéphane Richelmi, but a run up the inside of Leal ended in heartbreak for the pair as they came together and spun, undoing all their good work.

Ericsson and Fabio Leimer were there to pick up the pieces, with Leimer in particular looking very committed as he ran around the outside of Stefano Coletti at Blanchimont in one of the braver moves of the season. As the laps ran down Ericsson put himself right on the back of a late developing squabble between Calado and Nasr, and was clearly hoping for his second podium of the weekend.

When the flag dropped it was Kral who took all the plaudits for a mature drive to victory, but all eyes were looking behind the Addax to see what would happen. Into the bus stop Calado held position, but Nasr got inside him at the exit and outdragged the Lotus driver to the line, with Ericsson following them home in fourth. Leimer finished a lonely fifth ahead of Richelmi and Haryanto, with Coletti mugging Leal on the last lap for the final point.

The result means that it is all even at the top of the title standings, with Razia and Valsecchi both on 204 points, ahead of Calado on 160 and Gutiérrez on 150, with van der Garde on 141 points and Chilton on 124, while Lotus GP tops the team's title race on 310 points from DAMS on 289 and Arden International with 208 points as they all look towards the Monza event in just one week's time.


GP2 continues at Monza next weekend

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Tuesday 30 June 2015

  2. Baku construction work to begin this week 10:44

    Baku construction work to begin this week

    Construction work for next year's European Grand Prix around the streets of Azerbaijan's capital city, Baku, is set to begin…

    F1
  3. Barcelona set to host 2016 pre-season testing 10:36

    Barcelona set to host 2016 pre-season testing

    The Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, home of the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, is set to host next year's pre-season testing…

    F1
  4. Bradl has surgery on fractured scaphoid 09:44

    Bradl has surgery on fractured scaphoid

    Forward Racing rider Stefan Bradl has undergone surgery for a fractured scaphoid, following a crash at the Dutch TT last…

    MotoGP
  5. Feature: How has Formula E fared? 07:23

    Feature: How has Formula E fared?

    When the chequered flag fell at the London ePrix and Nelson Piquet Jr.'s seventh position ensured he beat Sébastien Buemi to…

    FE
  6. Silverstone memories: Trulli crashes out 05:06

    Silverstone memories: Trulli crashes out

    Jarno Trulli escaped from this massive accident during the 2004 British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

    F1
  7. Monday 29 June 2015

  8. 16:02

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  9. Marciello gets Sauber practice outing 14:16

    Marciello gets Sauber practice outing

    Sauber reserve driver Raffaele Marciello will participate in the opening practice session for the British Grand Prix, his third…

    F1
  10. Video: Nico Rosberg's Goodwood diary 13:21

    Video: Nico Rosberg's Goodwood diary

    Nico Rosberg demonstrates what it's like to be a Formula 1 driver at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

    F1
  11. Force India excited by new car potential 12:26

    Force India excited by new car potential

    Force India team boss Vijay Mallya says the entire squad is "full of anticipation" as it prepares to launch its new car on home…

    F1
  12. Horner extends contract with Red Bull 11:16

    Horner extends contract with Red Bull

    Christian Horner has extended his contract with Red Bull, the team has confirmed to GPUpdate.net. Amid a challenging start to…

    F1
  13. Video: Button drives Senna's McLaren MP4/6 10:28

    Video: Button drives Senna's McLaren MP4/6

    Watch as Jenson Button drives Ayrton Senna's McLaren MP4/6 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

    F1
  14. Renault's F1 future depends on governance 10:22

    Renault's F1 future depends on governance

    Renault's Chief Executive, Carlos Ghosn, says the French manufacturer is still yet to decide on its future involvement in…

    F1
  15. Leclerc, Günther, Giovinazzi win at the Norisring 10:03

    Leclerc, Günther, Giovinazzi win at the Norisring

    Charles Leclerc, Maximilian Günther and Antonio Giovinazzi shared the wins during last weekend's FIA European Formula 3 round…

    F3
  16. Silverstone memories: Schumacher vs Häkkinen 05:02

    Silverstone memories: Schumacher vs Häkkinen

    Relive the battle between Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen during a rain-hit 1998 British Grand Prix. After pouncing on a…

    F1
  17. Sunday 28 June 2015

  18. Piquet Jr. overwhelmed by Formula E crown 17:45

    Piquet Jr. overwhelmed by Formula E crown

    Nelson Piquet Jr. expressed his amazement at claiming the maiden Formula E championship as he recovered from 16th on the grid to…

    FE
  19. Bird wins, Piquet Jr. takes title in action-packed finale 16:59

    Bird wins, Piquet Jr. takes title in action-packed finale

    Nelson Piquet Jr. beat Sébastien Buemi to the inaugural Formula E championship by a single point as Sam Bird claimed victory in…

    FE
  20. Verstappen bemoans too much 'technical stuff' 11:46

    Verstappen bemoans too much 'technical stuff'

    Toro Rosso youngster Max Verstappen says that Formula 1 needs to get rid of the abundance of "technical stuff" and place control…

    F1
  21. Video: Briscoe escapes huge IndyCar crash 10:55

    Video: Briscoe escapes huge IndyCar crash

    Ryan Briscoe escaped unharmed following a terrifying flip during Saturday's IndyCar race at Fontana.

    Indy
  22. Márquez calls Assen podium 'moral victory' 08:06

    Márquez calls Assen podium 'moral victory'

    Marc Márquez was left encouraged by his return to form at the Dutch TT as he called his second place finish at Assen a 'moral…

    MotoGP
  23. Video of the Day: F1 2015 TV advert 05:11

    Video of the Day: F1 2015 TV advert

    Watch the official TV advert for Codemasters' upcoming F1 2015 title, to be launched on July 10.

    F1
  24. Rahal leads the pack in thrilling fashion at Fontana 01:24

    Rahal leads the pack in thrilling fashion at Fontana

    Graham Rahal broke a 125-race winless streak that stretched back seven years to win a thrilling and record-setting MAVTV 500 at…

    Indy
  25. Saturday 27 June 2015

  26. Buemi win sets up three-way title fight 16:57

    Buemi win sets up three-way title fight

    Sébastien Buemi cruised to victory around Battersea Park to set-up a three-way fight for the inaugural Formula E championship…

    FE
  27. 16:47

    Latest MotoGP photos: Saturday at Assen

    MotoGP
  28. Rossi happy to extend championship lead 15:54

    Rossi happy to extend championship lead

    Valentino Rossi says he was happy to extend his MotoGP title advantage as he halted Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo's string of…

    MotoGP
  29. Branson expects FE to overtake F1 by 2020 15:30

    Branson expects FE to overtake F1 by 2020

    Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson says he expects the nascent electric Formula E championship to pass Formula 1 in terms…

    FE
  30. Rossi beats Márquez in Dutch thriller 13:52

    Rossi beats Márquez in Dutch thriller

    Valentino Rossi extended his MotoGP championship lead to 10 points after prevailing in a thrilling battle with Honda rival Marc…

    MotoGP
  31. London ePrix gets Safety Car start 11:19

    London ePrix gets Safety Car start

    Saturday's first Formula E race in London will start behind the Safety Car, with overtaking prohibited into Turn 1, due to a…

    FE
  32. Video of the Day: Fastest two-wheel mile 05:18

    Video of the Day: Fastest two-wheel mile

    Friday's Goodwood action saw a new world record for the fastest mile on two wheels. Stunt driver Terry Grant piloted a Nissan…

    Misc
  33. Pagenaud tops the field in Fontana qualifying 02:03

    Pagenaud tops the field in Fontana qualifying

    Simon Pagenaud was just the third qualifier in the 22-car field for tomorrow's MAVTV 500, but he wasted no time in going…

    Indy
  34. Friday 26 June 2015

  35. 18:02

    Latest Formula E photos: Friday at Battersea

    FE
  36. London Mayor drives Formula E car 17:38

    London Mayor drives Formula E car

    Mayor of London Boris Johnson drove a Formula E car around the Battersea Park Street Circuit ahead of this weekend's season…

    FE
  37. Video: Alain Prost on e.dams' season 15:34

    Video: Alain Prost on e.dams' season

    Alain Prost discusses a successful first season for e.dams, which stands on the verge of the teams' title.

    FE
  38. 14:02

    Latest MotoGP photos: Friday at Assen

    MotoGP
  39. Rossi storms to pole for Dutch TT 13:56

    Rossi storms to pole for Dutch TT

    Championship leader Valentino Rossi brushed aside his recent qualifying issues by storming to pole position for the Dutch Grand…

    MotoGP
  40. Leimer hopes for Manor Marussia seat 13:13

    Leimer hopes for Manor Marussia seat

    Former GP2 champion Fabio Leimer says there is a strong possibility that he will compete in some Formula 1 races with the…

    F1
  41. Palmer ruled out of 2016 Lotus seat 12:06

    Palmer ruled out of 2016 Lotus seat

    Lotus Deputy Team Principal Federico Gastaldi says that Jolyon Palmer must wait until 2017 before a race seat opens up at the…

    F1
  42. Rossi moves ahead in third practice 09:53

    Rossi moves ahead in third practice

    MotoGP Championship leader Valentino Rossi moved to the front of the pack during the third practice session for Saturday's Dutch…

    MotoGP
  43. Feature: Austrian GP's key questions 07:37

    Feature: Austrian GP's key questions

    In the run up to the Austrian Grand Prix, GPUpdate.net posed five key questions and pondered the outcomes. With the weekend's…

    F1
  44. Video of the Day: Piquet Jr.'s season so far 05:22

    Video of the Day: Piquet Jr.'s season so far

    NEXTEV TCR driver Nelson Piquet Jr. approaches this weekend's Formula E finale in London with a 17-point championship lead over…

    FE
  45. Thursday 25 June 2015

  46. Dutch TT to be held on Sunday from 2016 17:20

    Dutch TT to be held on Sunday from 2016

    Dutch TT organisers have confirmed that the race will be held on a Sunday from the 2016 season, to bring it in line with the…

    MotoGP
more news