Clivio Piccione stayed firmly on the track while those around him faltered to take victory in the second race of the day at Donington Park. Weather conditions were treacherous as many cars ran off the circuit but Piccione put his car in the lead...
Clivio Piccione stayed firmly on the track while those around him faltered to take victory in the second race of the day at Donington Park. Weather conditions were treacherous as many cars ran off the circuit but Piccione put his car in the lead on lap one and stayed there until the end of the race, eventually taking victory ahead of Nelson Piquet and Will Davison.
Piccione made a blistering start from third place on the grid and successfully kept on the track in the spray. Other drivers were not so fortunate and in the chaos Alvaro Parente, the polesitter, ran wide and dropped back to third place. Race one winner Carroll went straight off the circuit into retirement and was collected by Langley-Kahn who was also forced to retire. Fairuz Fauzy then threw away a great start by spinning off into the gravel and out of the race further round the lap. Di Grassi and Rossiter also took to the gravel but were able to continue near the back of the field.
Piquet then threw away his second place with a brief visit to the gravel on lap two, and he was joined by third-placed Parente, Karun Chandhok and Danilo Dirani. Will Davison took full advantage this and, by the end of the lap, had converted his eleventh place on the grid to second place. Behind the leading pair of Piccione and Davison was Will Power in third, Ernesto Viso and Marco Asmer, who had started in fifteenth place.
The safety car was wisely deployed to allow marshals to clear up the cars scattered around the circuit. The field toured slowly for three laps before being unleashed at the end of lap five. Andrew Thompson made the best of the situation and quickly moved up two places to seventh place at the restart.
Piccione gradually pulled away from Davison by a few tenths of a second per lap with Davison keeping a one second advantage over Power in third. The recovering Piquet put Asmer under immense pressure and after four laps the Estonian driver conceded and Piquet moved up to fourth place.
Piccione put in his fastest lap of the race so far on lap ten at the same time as Davison had a slow lap, leaving the second placed driver right in the clutches of third-placed Power. However this opportunity was wasted as Power made a mistake half way round the lap and spun off the circuit. He rejoined but lost two places and was now in fifth.
Piccione, Davison and Piquet were now considerably ahead of the rest of the field and Piccione had enough of a lead to drop a few seconds here and there over the closing laps.
Piquet gradually closed up on Davison and, with five laps to go, was less than a second behind. Davison then dropped back as crossed the line for the penultimate time incorrectly believing that the race was over. Piquet quickly moved past to take second place and Davison was unable to retake the place over the final lap and eventually finished third.
Nelson Piquet leads the championship with 31 points after his two second places and fastest lap in the second race. Carroll holds second place with 21 after his race one win and fastest lap, ahead of Clivio Piccinoe with 20 points after victory in race two.
1. Clivio Piccione
2. Nelson Piquet
3. Will Davison
4. Will Power
5. Ernesto Viso
6. Andrew Thompson
7. Marko Asmer
8. James Rossiter
9. Lucas Di Grassi
10. Alvaro Parente