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GP3: Ghiotto wins action-packed Race 2

NEWS STORY
23/08/2015

Despite two safety car periods, Luca Ghiotto claimed his third win of the season and extends his championship lead.

Under the blue skies of Spa-Francorchamps, the GP2 series commenced its final race of the Belgian Grand Prix weekend. Aleksander Bosak started on reverse pole, though it was Esteban Ocon who bulleted up the grid, travelling from sixth place to second.

Yesterday's race winner, Emil Bernstorff (after Ocon was penalised) retired in the pitlane.

An accident involving Matthew Parry and pole-sitter, Bosak, triggered a safety car whilst marshals cleared the mass debris. A puncture sent the Arden pilot off the road and a loose wheel clattered into the side of Parry's car.

Moments after the restart, the safety car was back out following a collision between Ferrari Academy driver, Antonio Fuoco and Marvin Kirchhofer. The duo came together whilst battling for fifth place and also collected Artur Janosz, though the Trident driver was able to continue.

With the laps counting down, Ghiotto took second place from Ocon, then subsequently snatched the lead from Alex Palou – who was seemingly struggling with his worn Pirellis.

Ocon took the chequered flag in second, ahead of Alfonso Celis Jr in third. Matheo Tuscher crept in front of Palou to take fourth in the dying stages, whilst Alex Fontana finished in sixth. Despite the contact, Janosz was seventh with Ralph Boschung close behind. Adderly Fong and Pal Varhaug complete the top ten.

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1. Luca Ghiotto Trident
2. Esteban Ocon ART Grand Prix
3. Alfonso Celis. Jr ART Grand Prix
4. Matheo Tuscher Jenzer Motorsport
5. Alex Palou Campos Racing
6. Alex Fontana Status Grand Prix
7. Artur Janosz Trident
8. Ralph Boschung Jenzer Motorsport
9. Adderly Fong Koiranen GP
10. Pal Varhaug Jenzer Motorsport
11. Mitchell Gilbert Carlin
12. Jann Mardenborough Carlin
13. Kevin Ceccon Arden International
14. Seb Morris Status Grand Prix
15. Beitske Visser Trident
16. Jimmy Eriksson Koiranen GP
17. Sandy Stuvik Status Grand Prix
18. Zaid Ashkanani Campos Racing

Fastest Lap: Ghiotto (Trident) 2:08.697 (lap 2)

Not Classified

Marvin Kirchhöfer ART Grand Prix
Antonio Fuoco Carlin
Aleksander Bosak Arden International
Matthew Parry Koiranen GP
Emil Bernstorff Arden International

Standings after Belgium (Round 5)

Pos Name Nat Team Points
1 Ghiotto ITA Trident 154
2 Ocon FRA ART Grand Prix 126
3 Kirchhofer GER ART Grand Prix 113
4 Bernstorff GBR Arden International 100
5 Ceccon ITA Arden International 54
6 Eriksson SWE Koiaranen GP 50
7 Fuoco ITA Carlin 46
8 Parry GBR Koiaranen GP 43
9 Mardenborough GBR Carlin 32
10 Boschung SUI Jenzer Motorsport 23
11 Celis Jr MEX ART Grand Prix 19
12 Tunjo COL Trident 17
13 Fontana SUI Status Grand Prix 12
14 Palou ESP Campos Racing 12
15 Tuscher SUI Jenzer Motorsport 10
16 Morris GBR Status Grand Prix 6
17 Stuvik THA Status Grand Prix 6
18 Varhaug NOR Jenzer Motorsport 4
19 Janosz POL Trident 4
20 Bosak POL Arden International 4

Team standings after Belgium (Round 5)

Pos Team Points
1 ART Grand Prix 258
2 Trident 175
3 Arden International 158
4 Koiranan GP 93
5 Carlin 78
6 Jenzer Motorsport 37
7 Status Grand Prix 24
8 Campos Racing 12

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