Alex Lynn concluded GP2’s opening weekend at the Circuit de Catalunya with a convincing win in Sunday’s Sprint Race, which finished behind the safety car after Prema rookie Antonio Giovinazzi suffered a big shunt in the closing stages.
Lynn, who started in 3rd was able to pass pole man Raffaele Marciello for the lead on lap 3 and held off a charging Pierre Gasly for most of the race.
In the latter stages Gasly started to close in on his former team mate before a lap 20 crash between Giovinazzi and Gelael brought out the safety car for the remainder of the race.
Replays showed Giovinazzi attempting a move down the back straight when Gelael moved across on him, causing the rookie Italian to collide into his back and sending his car to a side impact with the outside barriers at Turn 10, collecting an innocent Arthur Pic in the process.
Giovinazzi attempted to get out of the car but soon decided against it to be assisted out by the medical crew, with early reports from Prema indicating he is “okay, with light pain in his leg”
Jordan King was able to finish on the podium ahead of an impressive Artem Markelov and teammate Marciello.
Oliver Rowland finished sixth while Sergio Canamasas lost seventh place to Latifi and then eighth to Nobuharu Matsushita to finish outside the points in ninth, with Gustav Malja rounding up the top 10.
The next round will be in Monaco on 26-28 of May, two weeks from now.
Image via GP2 Series Media
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