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Palmer Extends GP2 Championship Lead With Two Bold Drives In Hungary
Posted by: newsla on Jul 27, 2014 - 02:22 PM
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Jolyon Palmer Media Release: Palmer Extends GP2 Championship Lead With Two Bold Drives In Hungary


Jolyon Palmer has extended his lead in the GP2 Championship after forcing his way past his main title rival, Brazilian Felipe Nasr, in both races in Hungary this weekend. On the tight and twisting Hungaroring circuit, notorious as a place where overtaking is difficult, Palmer made one bold passing manoeuvre after another to finish fourth in the Feature Race on Saturday and second in the Sprint Race on Sunday. These results increase Palmer’s advantage over Nasr in the championship standings to 43 points.

 

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Palmer started from sixth on the grid for Saturday’s Feature Race but made a storming start to rise to third at the end of lap one and got by Tom Dillmann for second place on the first turn of lap two. Next, Jolyon set about chasing down race leader and title rival Nasr.

The safety car was deployed on lap seven, which handed an immediate advantage to drivers towards the rear of the field who were running to a different strategy. When the safety car pitted on lap nine, Jolyon immediately resumed his battle with Nasr, making his first attempt to get past on lap 25, but Nasr pitted for new tyres immediately afterwards. Palmer made his own pit stop for a tyre change on the next lap and rejoined the track ahead of Nasr - but the Brazilian had the advantage of warmer tyres and was able to move back past Jolyon.

With the safety car interrupting strategies, Jolyon and Nasr temporarily found that their battle was for 13th and 14th places, but knew they would move back up the order when other drivers made pit stops. Jolyon was determined to move ahead of his rival and tried again on lap 28, the pair going wheel-to-wheel for three corners before Palmer moved through at turn three. Nasr fought back and retook the position at the chicane, but Palmer finally made the move stick on lap 30.

Moments later, contact between two other cars in the race brought out the safety car once more, bunching up the pack. As other runners made their pit stops, Jolyon moved up to sixth place. The safety car pitted with just one lap remaining, but Jolyon passed Daniel Abt for fifth on the last lap, and after the race he was promoted to fourth when Stefano Coletti was penalised.

With the finishing order of the top eight in Saturday’s Feature Race reversed for the grid positions of Sunday’s Sprint Race, Jolyon lined up fifth for Sunday morning’s competition. He was elbowed down to sixth on the run to turn one, but again demonstrated his overtaking prowess with moves on Arthur Pic, Daniel Abt, and Nathanael Berthon to move into the podium positions.

In a repeat of Saturday’s contest, Palmer then closed on second-placed Nasr, and forced his way past at turn one on lap seven. Palmer pulled out a small margin over Nasr and closed gradually on race leader Stoffel Vandoorne before finishing second, his eighth podium finish of the season.

Palmer commented: "It was a really good race for me. The start wasn't great but the tyres came in really quickly and I managed to pick my way through into second. I passed a few people very fairly but unfortunately Nasr was the most aggressive of them all. I went up the inside and he squeezed me in the braking zone all the way to the inside and it was really tight.

"After that it was a good race, although Stoffel unfortunately was too quick in the end as I was struggling a little with the left front [tyre] because we’d had to use it in free practice after I was run into. That meant I couldn't fight for the win, but I'm happy with second."

Palmer now has 192 points in the championship standings with Nasr on 149. After a four-week summer break, the series resumes at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium on 22-24 August.

More details on Jolyon’s official website, www.jolyonpalmer.com.
Hungary GP2 Race One result:
1. A Pic, Campos, 35 laps
2. A Quaife Hobbs, Rapax, +3.1s
3. T Izawa, ART GP, +3.6s
4. J Palmer, DAMS, +3.8s
5. D Abt, Hilmer, +5.1s
6. F Nasr, Carlin, +5.1s
7. S Vandoorne, ART GP, +6.2s
8. N Berthon, Venezuela, +7.0s
9. T Dillmann, Caterham, +7.6s
10. M Sorensen, MP Motorsport, +8.1s
Hungary GP2 Race Two result:
1. S Vandoorne, ART GP, 28 laps
2. J Palmer, DAMS, +3.3s
3. F Nasr, Carlin, +4.2s
4. N Berthon, Venezuela, +17.2s
5. D Abt, Hilmer, +17.7s
6. A Pic, Campos, +25.3s
7. C Daly, Venezuela, +26.8s
8. A Quaife-Hobbs, Rapax, +31.7s
9. R Marciello, Racing Engineering, +34.7s
10. M Evans, Russian, +38.9s
GP2 Series standings:
1. J Palmer, DAMS, 192pts
2. F Nasr, Carlin, 149pts
3. S Vandoorne, ART GP, 109pts
4. J Cecotto, Trident, 100pts
5. S Coletti, Racing Engineering, 96pts
6. M Evans, Russian Time, 92pts


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