Razia triumphs in Catalunya sprint

Charles Bradley

Arden International's Luiz Razia scored victory in the GP2 sprint race at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya in Spain on Sunday morning.

Razia led from start to finish from pole position, but had runner-up Nathanael Berthon for company for the first 16 laps. The Racing Engineering man shadowed his every move for much of the race before dropping back to finish 5.2 seconds in arrears at the chequered flag for his first podium finish in the category.

Points leader Davide Valsecchi finished third for DAMS, having failed in his bid to pass Berthon around the outside at the first turn, but came under pressure from James Calado (Lotus GP) in the closing stages. Calado had battled past team-mate Esteban Gutierrez and Caterham's Giedo van der Garde on the opening lap with some impressive passes.

Carlin's Max Chilton made a poor start from the front row, and finished fifth after Calado passed him with a tidy move at the hairpin on lap five.

Van der Garde held off Gutierrez for sixth, with Stefano Coletti eighth for Coloni ahead of Felipe Nasr (DAMS).

Fabio Onidi, who started third, went straight on the opening corner and would later spin his Coloni machine and get collected by Ocean's Nigel Melker.

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