James Calado scored his first race win of the 2013 GP2 Series at Spa-Francorchamps on Sunday. The ART driver held off Racing Engineering’s Julian Leal by just 0.4 second.
Calado, who had a fresh set of prime tyres available for this race by dint of starting on the soft on Saturday, streaked into an early lead from pole position. By lap five, he was three seconds clear and looked to be cruising to victory. But Leal began to make inroads into his advantage, and by lap 12 the gap was under a second.
In the closing stages, Calado had to keep a wary eye on Leal, who was never quite close enough to make a passing move but would have pounced if Calado made a mistake.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs also joined the lead battle in the closing stages, but asked a little too much of his tires with a few laps to go and could not quite get on terms with Leal.
Stephane Richelmi was a very distant fourth, ahead of Fabio Leimer and Jolyon Palmer.
Johnny Cecotto Jr. took seventh from Tom Dillmann with a couple of laps remaining, while Dani Clos should have been in the mix for points, but was given his second drive-through penalty of the weekend for a collision.
Results - 18 laps:Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. James Calado ART 36m21.388s 2. Julian Leal Racing Engineering +0.447s 3. Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Hilmer +1.532s 4. Stephane Richelmi DAMS +17.905s 5. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering +29.053s 6. Jolyon Palmer Carlin +33.284s 7. Johnny Cecotto Jr MW Arden +37.321s 8. Tom Dillmann Russian Time +40.052s 9. Felipe Nasr Carlin +40.455s10. Mitch Evans MW Arden +43.421s11. Simon Trummer Rapax +44.373s12. Sergio Canamasas Caterham +45.170s13. Nathanael Berthon Trident +45.987s14. Sam Bird Russian Time +47.459s15. Marcus Ericsson DAMS +50.141s16. Daniel Abt ART +50.726s17. Daniel de Jong MP +50.818s18. Vittorio Ghirelli Lazarus +53.466s19. Dani Clos MP +54.532s20. Rene Binder Lazarus +59.796s21. Jake Rosenzweig Addax +1m03.052s22. Alexander Rossi Caterham +1m18.035s23. Stefano Coletti Rapax +1m21.639s24. Ricardo Teixeira Trident +1m27.956s25. Rio Haryanto Addax +1 lapRetirements: Robin Frijns Hilmer 1 lap