Alex Lynn controlled proceedings in the German GP sprint race to take his second victory of 2016.
Lynn took the lead off the line from a slow-starting Antonio Giovinazzi and never looked back as behind him ensued a frantic scrap for the remaining points positions.
MP Motorsport’s Oliver Rowland mounted a challenge to Lynn’s lead early on but struggled with his tyres toward the end, as he fell back into the clutches of a charging Sergey Sirotkin, the feature race victor, climbing up the order and finally nailing a move in Turn 9 after several attempts with only three laps to go.
Rowland’s tyres fell off the cliff afterwards as he lost fourth place to Luca Ghiotto in Turn 11 and narrowly defended fifth from Pierre Gasly after the Frenchman’s move into Turn 6 failed when he slid wide and had to defend from Marciello and Malja behind him with two laps to go.
Gasly had started 20th after being stripped of his last-gasp podium place finish from the feature race when post-race inspections found his fire extinguisher to be empty.
With this exclusion, Gasly lost crucial points, and despite fighting back to finish sixth, he loses the GP2 series lead to Sirotkin on countback of third place finishes, the pair being level on 113 points.
As Ghiotto finished fourth, Rowland was fifth ahead of Gasly in sixth and Marciello and Malja rounded up the points in seventh and eighth respectively.
The race was neutralised under the Virtual Safety Car when Antonio Giovinazzi clipped Rowland as they battled for second, the Italian, already in line for a five-second penalty for pushing Arthur Pic off the track into Turn 1, spinning into the gravel and into retirement.
GP2 continues after the summer break at Spa-Francorchamps, August 26-28.
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