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GIOVINAZZI STORMS TO SPRINT RACE VICTORY IN SPA

The Italian grabbed his 3rd win of the season and is up to second in the championship.

Gustav Malja was on reverse grid pole with Luca Ghiotto behind him. Malja got a good start and led into La Source but Ghiotto had a poor start and got jumped by Giovinazzi.

Malja led the race until lap 8 when Giovinazzi got a good run up Eau Rouge and with the aid of DRS, he passed the Swede with ease. Given the problems that he’d had in the Feature Race, perhaps Malja would’ve been expected to drop more positions, but he drove superbly to finish in a career best second.

Luca Ghiotto had a very quiet race as he didn’t have the pace to attack the top two but was faster than the drivers behind them whilst they battled for position.

Raffaele Marciello had a fairly quiet race as well finishing in fifth place ahead of Alex Lynn in sixth and Jordan King in 7th.

Yesterday’s race winner Pierre Gasly had lost his front wing end plate after tagging Oliver Rowland into Les Combe but that was not going to stop his race. From eigth place on the grid, he climbed up to fourth to finish just off the podium.

If Gasly was pushing up the order, RUSSIAN TIME driver Artem Markelov was falling the other way. After yesterday’s brilliant fightback, he started in fourth position but lost one position to his RUSSIAN TIME teammate Raffaele Marciello at the start. With about 6 laps to go, his tyres started to degrade and he lost positions to Jordan King, Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly. As they headed into the final lap, Markelov was in 8th position and was clearly not happy telling his race engineer to “shut up”. However his race was going to get even worse on the last lap at the Bus Stop Chicane as championship contendor Sergey Sirotkin tried an audacious move but went too fast and deep into the corner and hit Markelov resulting in 0 points for either of them.

This resulted in MP Motorsport driver Oliver Rowland grabbing the final points in 8th place but for Sergey Sirotkin, he could face a grid drop in Monza for the collision with Markelov which would completely ruin his chances of the winning GP2 Championship which Pierre Gasly now leads by 17 points from his teammate Giovinazzi.

Outside the top 10, Norman Nato did very well to finish in 11th place from 21st position after a screw came undone in the radiator resulting in him retiring from yesterday’s feature race.

The Top 10

1) Antonio Giovinazzi- PREMA
2) Gustav Malja- Rapax
3) Luca Ghiotto- Trident
4) Pierre Gasly- PREMA
5) Raffaele Marciello- RUSSIAN TIME
6) Alex Lynn- DAMS
7) Jordan King- Racing Engineering
8) Oliver Rowland- MP Motorsport
9) Sergey Sirotkin (Under Investigation)
10) Segio Canamasas- Carlin

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