Lancaster takes second win of season
7 July 2013 – Hilmer Motorsport driver Jon Lancaster took his second GP2 Sprint Race victory in the space of a week at the Nürburgring on Sunday. The Briton led home compatriot and ART rival James Calado by 1.5 seconds, while Fabio Leimer completed the podium.
Having started from the front row of the grid, Lancaster stormed into the lead at the first corner; he gradually pulled away in the opening stages, before a Safety Car period – sparked by Stéphane Richelmi's stricken car – bunched the pack up again.
Lancaster took no time to establish a comfortable advantage when the race resumed, while pole-sitter Tom Dillmann – who had started on older tyres – held up a growing train of cars behind. After a couple of laps, the Frenchman could do nothing to stop the advances of Calado and Leimer, who slipped past between Turns 4 and 5.
Robin Frijns was also on a charge, the Dutchman passing Stefano Coletti and Felipe Nasr with ease. However, his race came to an end shortly after a failed attempt at passing Sam Bird for sixth, with the damage sustained too severe to continue.
The closing laps saw the drivers on fresher tyres make major strides. Dillmann soon dropped back before retiring with an electrical issue, while Race 1 winner Marcus Ericsson could only watch on as he tumbled down the order from fourth to 13th.
Fourth ultimately went to Carlin driver Felipe Nasr, the Brazilian just missing out on the final podium spot after reeling in Leimer as the race drew to a close. Johnny Cecotto Jr. took fifth after a late clash with Sam Bird, with Alexander Rossi in close company. Mitch Evans and the aforementioned Bird rounded out the points-paying positions.
After the Nürburgring round, Coletti holds on to the title lead with a total of 135 points to his name, 27 ahead of nearest rival Nasr on 108, with Bird occupying third on 90.
The GP2 field will be back in action at the Hungaroring on the wekend of July 27-28