Ericsson secures first victory with DAMS
6 July 2013 – DAMS driver Marcus Ericsson secured his first victory with the team at the Nürburgring on Saturday, bringing his GP2 total up to three. The Swede took the chequered flag 7.8 seconds ahead of ART rival James Calado, while Stefano Coletti retained his clear title lead with an impressive rise to the final podium spot from 13th on the grid.
Ericsson, starting on the Medium tyre, soon found his way past pole-sitting team-mate Stéphane Richelmi as the lights went out, with Felipe Nasr and Robin Frijns slotting in behind. However, the Safety Car was deployed a few moments later when Kevin Ceccon, being squeezed by Daniel Abt and Nathanaël Berthon to avoid the stalled Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, was pitched into a roll before landing on the Briton's car.
Ericsson pulled away at a vast rate of knots when the racing resumed on Lap 4, with his lead up to three seconds by the time his first pit-stop arrived. Calado moved into second on the 17th tour, passing Felipe Nasr who had started the race on Super Softs and made an early switch to Mediums, but he could not close down the leading gap.
Although Ericsson and Calado were lonely in their positions, the battle for third went down to the wire. In a thrilling dice, Coletti stole the final podium spot from Frijns at the chicane on the final lap and, with the pair touching, Fabio Leimer and Richelmi – who had lost ground due to a botched pit-stop – also found a way past the Dutchman.
Jon Lancaster was next up, while Tom Dillmann claimed pole position for the Feature Race in eighth. A dejected Nasr and Johnny Cecotto, Jr. rounded out the top ten.
Sunday's Sprint Race at the Nürburgring begins at 10.35am local time (GMT +2)