The Second GP2 Race at the 2013 British Grand Prix on the Sunday morning (the 30th June) before the British Grand Prix itself had plenty of expectation, with the first GP2 race of the weekend delivering a British winner in the form of Sam Bird. Julian Leal started from pole, after the normal reverse grid was somewhat impacted by a series of penalties delivered from the first race.
British driver Jon Lancaster had an impressive start, passing Leal and Rio Haryanto, to take an early lead in the race. As normal, the race had its fair share of drama, with a safety car appearing on only the third lap after Daniel Abt’s gear box had caused him to spin at Abbey.
The safety car kept the pack together, whilst giving Lancaster the opportunity to build a lead from the restart, and he soon built up an impressive lead. Daniel Abt was not the only driver to suffer a mechanical issue through the race, with a number of drivers having car problems. There was, as always, plenty of racing action as drivers attempted to move through the field, with notable mentions – as is increasingly the case this season – for the Russian Time drivers Tom Dillman and the previous day’s winner, Sam Bird. However, Jon Lancaster managed to hold off the pressure from various cars trying to usurp his lead and managed to score his maiden win this season, with another British win at the 2013 British Grand Prix weekend. There was good driving too from another British driver in the race, Adrian Quaife-Hobbs, who fought with Stefano Coletti through the race for position.
Another good and entertaining race for the GP2 series, and a great event as part of the build up for the British Grand Prix itself later in the day.
There is an index of my photos from the weekend here