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GP2: Alex Rossi wins in Spa

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23/08/2015

After rocketing past his team-mate Jordan King on the first lap, Alexander Rossi led the team to a 1-2 in Spa-Francorchamps.

Yesterday's madness meant that King was to start on reverse grid pole position, but it was championship leader, Stoffel Vandoorne, who made the most of the start, promoting himself to fifth.

With the tyres beginning to struggle, a train formed behind Julian Leal which Vandoorne and Mitch Evans were quick to clear.

As Vandoorne and Evans caught the leaders, the virtual safety car was deployed halting their advances. Arthur Pic spun into the gravel and beached his Campos car.

At the restart, a rare mistake from Vandoorne caused him to lose time to the leaders and drop back into the clutches of Evans.

After managing the pace, Rossi held off King to win his first race of the season. Evans swooped past Vandoorne with DRS on the final lap, claiming the final podium position.

Team-mate Artem Markelov finished in fifth after a late pass on Sergey Sirotkin. Nathaniel Berthon dropped to seventh despite racing amongst the top three, with Alex Lynn close behind. Sergio Canamasas and Rio Haryanto complete the top ten.

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1. Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering
2. Jordan King Racing Engineering
3. Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME
4. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix
5. Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME
6. Sergey Sirotkin Rapax
7. NathanaŽl Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus
8. Alex Lynn DAMS
9. Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus
10. Rio Haryanto Campos Racing
11. Julian Leal Carlin
12. Raffaele Marciello Trident
13. Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix
14. Andrť Negrao Arden International
15. Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix
16. Robert Visoiu Rapax
17. Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport
18. Gustav Malja Trident
19. Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix
20. Norman Nato Arden International
21. Sean Gelael Carlin

Fastest Lap: Vandoorne (ART Grand Prix) 2:01.151 (Lap 3)

Not Classified

Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport
Arthur Pic Campos Racing
Pierre Gasly DAMS

Standings after Belgium (Round 7)

Pos Name Nat Team Points
1 Vandoorne BEL ART Grand Prix 233
2 Rossi USA Racing Engineering 128
3 Haryanto INA Campos Racing 109
4 Sirotkin RUS Rapax 109
5 Lynn GBR DAMS 86
6 Gasly FRA DAMS 61
7 Marciello ITA Trident 58
8 Evans NZL Russian Time 57
9 Matsushita JPN ART Grand Prix 48
10 King GBR Racing Engineering 42
11 Pic FRA Campos Racing 39
12 Leal COL Carlin 38
13 Markelov RUS Russian Time 37
14 Berthon FRA Daiko Team Lazarus 24
15 Canamasas ESP Hilmer Motorsport 23
16 Stanaway NZL Status Grand Prix 22
17 Yelloly GBR Hilmer Motorsport 19
18 Visoiu ROU Rapax 18
19 Nato FRA Arden International 10
20 Rowland GBR MP Motorsport 3
21 Negrao BRA Arden International 3
22 De Jong NED MP Motorsport 1
23 Malja SWE Trident 1

Team standings after Belgium (Round 7)

Pos Team Points
1 ART Grand Prix 281
2 Racing Engineering 170
3 Campos Racing 148
4 DAMS 147
5 Rapax 127
6 Russian Time 94
7 Trident 59
8 Carlin 38
9 MP Motorsport 27
10 Daiko Team Lazarus 24
11 Status Grand Prix 22
12 Hilmer motorsport 19
13 Arden International 13

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