Calado claims first GP2 win of 2013

Calado claims first GP2 win of 2013

Formula 2

Calado claims first GP2 win of 2013

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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

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