Razia wins from pole

Luiz Razia took his second win of the season in the sprint race at Catalunya, having started on pole.  At the start Razia got away cleanly, while Max Chilton, who was 2nd on the grid, started poorly, holding up the cars behind him. Razia was then able to steadily pull away from the chasing pack, finishing the race over 5 seconds ahead of 2nd place.  Just as in the GP3 races at Catalunya this weekend there was a jump start, and Víctor Guerin was given a drive-through penalty by the stewards.

Thanks to the Carlin driver getting a poor start, Nathanaël Berthon and Davide Valsecchi were able to pass Chilton, who then came under pressure from James Calado.  On lap 4 the Lotus GP driver passed his fellow Brit to take 4th place. On lap 11 Marcus Ericsson was handed a drive-through penalty for ignoring yellow flags.

Having passed Chilton, Calado began to close the gap on Davide Valsecchi, and for most of the final laps of the race was close enough to try and pass the DAMS driver, but the series leader managed to hold off the challenge, finishing 3rd behind Berthon who was 2nd. The fastest lap was set by Víctor Guerin.

Results of the Catalunya Sprint Race

1. Luiz Razia 40:08.411
2. Nathanaël Berthon +5.256
3. Davide Valsecchi +5.897
4. James Calado +6.575
5. Max Chilton +13.117
6. Giedo van der Garde +14.362
7. Esteban Gutiérrez +14.874
8. Stefano Coletti +19.223
9. Felipe Nasr +19.703
10. Fabrizio Crestani +21.570
11. Fabio Leimer +22.852
12. Tom Dillmann +23.312
13. Johnny Cecotto, Jr. +30.155
14. Rodolfo González +30.601
15. Rio Haryanto +31.281
16. Josef Král +31.834
17. Julián Leal +32.817
18. Fabio Onidi +34.371
19. Stéphane Richelmi +34.818
20. Simon Trummer +35.426
21. Víctor Guerin +38.977
22. Marcus Ericsson +39.878
23. Ricardo Teixeira +41.979
24. Nigel Melker +48.441
R. Giancarlo Serenelli Retired
R. Jolyon Palmer Retired

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