Giedo van der Garde wins for the first time in 2012

Having qualified 5th for the feature race at Catalunya it seemed that it would be difficult for Giedo van der Garde to win today, but he did just that, timing his pitstop and managing his tyres perfectly to take his first win in GP2 Series since 2009.

At the start van der Garde managed to move from 5th up to 3rd, behind Fabio Leimer, who had also started well, forcing polesitter James Calado to fight for his position. Stefano Coletti also had a fantastic start from 8th, and was able to move up to 4th on the first lap.

On lap 13 race leaders Calado and Leimer entered the pits to change their tyres from 1st and 2nd respectively, giving van der Garde the lead.  When van der Garde pitted on lap 14 he only changed two tyres, allowing him to stay ahead of James Calado.  Fabio Leimer was later handed a drive-through penalty for a unsafe release, dropping him from 3rd to 13th, with Coletti taking 3rd from him and challenging Calado for 2nd.

Calado was unable to catch van der Garde, but did hold off the challenge of Coletti, meaning the Dutch driver was able to take Caterham Racing's second ever win in GP2 Series.  8th place and pole for the sprint race tomorrow was taken by Luiz Razia. The fastest lap was set by Esteban Gutiérrez.

Results of the Catalunya Feature Race

1. Giedo van der Garde 1:00:22.966
2. James Calado +0.878
3. Stefano Coletti +3.811
4. Davide Valsecchi +11.859
5. Nathanaël Berthon +15.795
6. Fabio Onidi +19.379
7. Max Chilton +19.768
8. Luiz Razia +20.072
9. Jolyon Palmer +27.624
10. Esteban Gutiérrez +36.653
11. Felipe Nasr +45.264
12. Fabio Leimer +46.534
13. Marcus Ericsson +47.087
14. Nigel Melker +47.356
15. Rodolfo González +53.555
16. Rio Haryanto +1:00.879
17. Fabrizio Crestani +1:06.737
18. Johnny Cecotto, Jr. +1:11.199
19. Víctor Guerin +1:11.397
20. Josef Král +1:14.871
21. Stéphane Richelmi +1:15.821
22. Tom Dillmann +1:20.031
23. Simon Trummer +1:20.382
24. Julián Leal +1:28.989
25. Giancarlo Serenelli +1 lap
R. Ricardo Teixeira Retired

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