GP2

Palmer wins singapore GP2

Palmer triumphs in Singapore feature race—
 
Briton denies teammate Nasr victory—
Jolyon Palmer did not make his life easy today at Marina Bay: a slow start from pole position meant he had to fight his way back to the lead, and fight he did! Thanks to a string of fastest laps, the Carlin driver reduced an over 25s gap after the mandatory pitstop to teammate and then race leader Felipe Nasr. Palmer eventually crossed the finish line 12 seconds ahead of Nasr. James Calado finished third.
When the lights went off, it was Nasr who had the better start from P2 and was leading the rest of the pack into turn 1. Behind the Brazilian, poleman Palmer had a slow getaway and saw both Fabio Leimer and Stéphane Richelmi get passed him, the Monegasque driver trying to overtake the Swiss around the outside, but Leimer was able to keep second place into turn 1. Richelmi then lost a position to both Palmer and Calado.
Whilst Nasr tried to build a gap, going fastest on track, his teammate was closing in on Leimer and made quick work of the Swiss who then had to defend his position to Calado, but the ART man also found a way past the Racing Engineering ace for third. All eyes turned to the front of the race with Nasr and Palmer on the same tyre compounds (Soft) and having a similar and strong pace. The Brazilian was the first of the duo to come back into the pits from the lead and opted to change only the two rears tyres which made for a quicker stop.
At the front, Palmer was enjoying a 22.4s lead over then second placed Tom Dillmann. The Briton pitted three laps after his teammate on whom he had a 25s gap, but when he re-joined the circuit, Nasr was ahead of him, with Dillmann splitting the pair. Once the Frenchman pitted, the Carlin duo were 12.8s apart with Calado in third. That’s when Palmer insolently put a string of fastest laps reducing Nasr’s lead to nothing in a matter of eight laps. The Brazilian, feeling the pressure and struggling on tyre degradation, was seen locking up pretty hard a couple of times and it was clear at that point and with four laps to go that it would be mission impossible for him to keep his teammate at bay. Palmer eventually made a move, the two running side by side and Palmer getting the better line to overtake Nasr for the lead and easily pulled away.
Behind them, Calado and Leimer fought for third place, but the Series leader was also struggling with tyre degradation. On the final lap, Richelmi caught up with the battling pair and overtook Leimer for fourth place. At the chequered flag, it was all smiles and congratulatory hugs on the Carlin pitwall whilst Calado added another podium finish to his tally ahead of Richelmi, Leimer, Dillmann, and Marcus Ericsson. Sam Bird who recovered from a poor start from P10 and a problem at the pitstop finished eighth and will start from reverse pole tomorrow. Jon Lancaster and Dani Clos completed the top 10.
Leimer is still leading Bird by 169 points to 157, whilst Nasr moves up to third on 148 points, ahead of Coletti and Calado on 135 and 134 points respectively. RUSSIAN TIME are still leading the way in the teams’ standings on 249 points but Carlin are now second on 247 and Racing Engineering are third on 231 points ahead of tomorrow’s sprint race.
Singapore – Feature Race
Driver
Team
1.
Jolyon Palmer
Carlin
2.
Felipe Nasr
Carlin
3.
James Calado
ART Grand Prix
4.
Stéphane Richelmi
DAMS
5.
Fabio Leimer
Racing Engineering
6.
Tom Dillmann
RUSSIAN TIME
7.
Marcus Ericsson
DAMS
8.
Sam Bird
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Jon Lancaster
Hilmer Motorsport
10.
Dani Clos
MP Motorsport
11.
Mitch Evans
Arden International
12.
Stefano Coletti
Rapax
13.
Daniel Abt
ART Grand Prix
14.
Johnny Cecotto
Arden International
15.
Jake Rosenzweig
Barwa Addax Team
16.
Simon Trummer
Rapax
17.
Daniel De Jong
MP Motorsport
18.
Rene Binder
Venezuela GP Lazarus
19.
Sergio Canamasas
EQ8 Caterham Racing
20.
Rio Haryanto
Barwa Addax Team
21.
Gianmarco Raimondo
Trident Racing
22.
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs
Hilmer Motorsport
Not Classified
Alexander Rossi
EQ8 Caterham Racing
Vittorio Ghirelli
Venezuela GP Lazarus
Nathanael Berthon
Trident Racing
Julian Leal
Racing Engineering
Fastest Lap: Mitch Evans (Arden International) – 1:58.542 on lap 21