For most of the morning, Luiz Razia appeared set to take a steady sixth place in the second of this weekend’s Valencia GP2 races. The Brazilian was the star of a dramatic finale, however, as the leading runners queued up behind long-time pace-setter James Calado (Lotus). The result was a spectacular victory for Arden.
Rio Haryanto (Carlin) retired from second on lap 20, after a failed attempt to wrest the lead, and that elevated Razia to fifth. He then passed Giedo van der Garde (Caterham) and Max Chilton (Carlin) on the penultimate lap... and swept into the lead with just a few corners remaining. Fabio Leimer successfully passed Calado, but cut a corner in the process and was obliged to hand back the position. As he did so, Razia nipped through to pass both. He led only a lap, but it was the one that mattered most.
Team-mate Simon Trummer’s race was a little less lively, but almost as rewarding. The Swiss finished seventh – his best result of the campaign and his second points finish in as many days.
Luiz Razia comments:
“Wow! What can I say? I was running my own race, taking care to look after the tyres, but my engineer was keeping me briefed about the situation at the front. I knew the leaders were starting to have tyre trouble and received a message that I was now lapping about one second more quickly, so I thought, ‘OK, maybe a podium is possible’. I got that on the penultimate lap, by passing van der Garde and Chilton, but wasn’t sure what might happen at the end because Calado and Leimer were having a big battle. I saw an opportunity, though, and was able to overtake them both at the same point, just before the chequered flag. That felt absolutely fantastic. The car has been really good in both races: we found a small braking problem after qualifying, but that was soon fixed and I’m really looking forward to Silverstone. It’s the team’s home race and I think we’ll be strong.”
Simon Trummer comments:
“It felt good to start so close to the front and I had quite a strong first lap. I was ninth when the first safety car came out and stayed with Berthon and Luiz for a few laps once the race resumed. My rear tyres were completely shot by the end, but I was pleased with my progress. It has been my best GP2 weekend yet and I hope to build on this result when we return to conventional racetracks, starting with Silverstone.”
Source: Arden International