Cecotto Jr. wins dramatic Feature Race
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10 May 2014 – Johnny Cecotto Jr. won a dramatic GP2 Feature Race in Barcelona on Saturday. The Trident driver used an opposing tyre strategy to usurp DAMS rival Jolyon Palmer late on, with Carlin's Felipe Nasr taking third.
There was drama before the lights had even gone out at the Montmeló venue, with pole-sitter Stéphane Richelmi, Stoffel Vandoorne, Facu Regalia and Takuya Izawa all stalling on the grid.
When the race finally got underway, with the aforementioned quartet starting from the pits, further trouble ensued, with Stefano Coletti and Mitch Evans colliding in a battle for the lead.
Further down the order, there was another clash involving Daniel Abt and Raffaele Marciello, with the resulting debris leading to an early Safety Car period.
Marciello and Regalia retired amid the first lap carnage, while Abt pulled into the pits after just three laps.
Shortly after the race resumed, the Soft tyre runners dived for the pits, allowing those who started on the harder rubber to move to the front of the field.
Cecotto Jr. took full advantage and found himself with a 30-second advantage over the first of the early pitters at the halfway stage of the race.
Cecotto Jr. was unable to hold on to his lead when he pitted, rejoining between Palmer and Nasr, but the Venezuelan soon made a move on fresher tyres, passing Palmer at the chicane with seven laps to run.
From this point onwards, it was a smooth run to the flag, with Cecotto Jr. building up a three-second cushion.
Palmer narrowly fended off Nasr for third, extending his lead in the championship as a result.
Julián Leal followed in fourth, with Rio Haryanto leading a train made up of Arthur Pic, René Binder and Tio Ellinas, the latter gaining pole position for Sunday's Sprint Race.
Vandoorne, winner of the first race in Bahrain, could only salvage 15th after stalling.
In addition to Abt, Marciello and Regalia, Nathanaël Berthon, Alexander Rossi and Daniël de Jong retired.
Sunday's Sprint Race in Barcelona gets underway at 10.35am local time (GMT +2)