Razia takes thrilling win
Brazilian goes from third to first on last lap of Valencia sprint race
Last Updated: June 24, 2012 3:17pm
Luiz Razia: Took dramatic win in Valencia sprint race
Luiz Razia made a last-gasp move on James Calado to claim a dramatic victory in the GP2 sprint race in Valancia on Sunday.
The Brazilian went from third to first on the final lap to deny Calado, who had led much of the race from pole, victory in agonising circumstances for the second time this weekend.
Razia dropped back to eighth place at the start, with British driver Calado establishing himself at the front ahead of Nathanael Berthon, who soon came under attack from Marcus Ericsson.
But the Swede's challenge lasted just two corners as he ran out of room and into the barriers, with feature race winner Esteban Gutierrez, Stefano Coletti and Davide Valsecchi also crashing out.
A safety car period followed to remove the stricken vehicles, with Calado making a perfect restart to maintain his advantage when it went back into the pits.
Calado came under intense pressure from Ryo Haryanto but held off his challenge until the pair touch on lap 19, the contact resulting in the Indonesian driver losing his front wing.
Meanwhile, Razia was slicing his way through the field and by the start of the final lap was up to third behind Calado and Leimer, who were staging their own battle for first place.
On the last lap Leimer tried to outbrake Calado at the chicane but both drivers ran deep, allowing Razia to close in and pass both driver at the hairpin to seal an incredible win.
Max Chilton was fourth across the line ahead of Berthon and Giedo van der Garde.
The victory means that Razia, on a total of 140, is now just one point behind Series leader Valsecchi with Calado moving up to third on 95 points.