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Nasr Wins Again In GP2
Posted by: newsla on Jul 06, 2014 - 02:56 PM
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Nasr Wins Again In GP2


Carlin’s Felipe Nasr took his third win of the season in dominant fashion today, in the GP2 Sprint Race at Silverstone. The Brazilian racer, who is based in the UK took the nearest thing possible to a home victory after crossing the line 4.3 seconds ahead of second placed man Stefano Coletti. Team mate Julian Leal completed a strong race for the team with further points in fifth place.

 

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From his second placed grid slot, Nasr made the perfect start, jumping pole sitter Stephane Richelmi for the lead into the first corner. Behind him, team mate Leal was fighting hard to hold onto his fourth place position, a close fight with Richelmi who had dropped down the order saw a wheel to wheel battle but it was Leal who retained the advantage to run in fourth place at the end of the first lap.

Nasr spent the early laps building up a lead from Coletti, who responded a few laps to close in on the Carlin leader. Nasr responded though, pulling away again with what looked like relative ease.

At the half way point, Nast still led from Coletti by 2.7 seconds, but it was Leal who was coming under pressure from Jolyon Palmer in a fight for fourth place. Leal defended for two laps, but Palmer managed to make a way past on lap 11, putting Leal into fifth place in the process.

At the front, Nasr had opened up another half a second on Coletti, with the gap now over three seconds. A relatively uneventful race saw the order remained unchanged amongst the leaders. Leal continued to run in strong fifth place and never came under any further pressure. Nasr meanwhile looked completely in control. The Williams F1 Reserve Driver set the pace at the front, crossing the line to take his third victory of the season by over four seconds.

Speaking on the podium about his race, Nasr said, “I’m just very happy; it didn’t take long to have another win. Thanks to these guys [the team], who have been working so hard. It was a shame for us yesterday but we got it back today with a win. In the first early laps I tried to build a gap to Stefano [Coletti] and then tried to look after the tyres. When he started to get closer again I was able to respond. Then I just wanted to make sure I brought the car home. It’s a good way to finish the weekend.”

Trevor Carlin added, “Today was a good result for the team after some disappointment yesterday. The boys have been working extremely hard and Felipe drove a faultless race to take another victory. Julian also took some strong points and with only two weeks until the next round we’ll be pushing hard to maintain this momentum. Both drivers are capable of race wins and podiums every weekend and this is our aim.”

Nasr’s win strengthens his second place in the championship standings, reducing the gap slightly to Palmer. The season continues in two weeks’ time at the Hockenheimring in Germany.

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