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Jolyon Palmer reclaims F2 championship lead

ESPNF1 Staff
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Jolyon Palmer celebrates victory in race 2 © Sutton Images

Jolyon Palmer won Sunday's second Formula Two race in Brno to reclaim the overall lead in the drivers' standings.

Starting on the front row alongside title rival and pole-sitter Dean Stoneman, Palmer led into the first corner and never looked back. Stoneman stayed close behind Palmer as the two pulled away from the rest of the field but could never exert enough pressure to give himself a chance to overtake.

The result gave Palmer his fifth victory of the season and means he now leads the standings on 221 points, four points ahead of Stoneman.

"That was all about the start - it was a perfect getaway," said Palmer. "I couldn't pull away from Dean but we were both pulling away from third, so I just made sure not to make any mistakes and keep him behind.

"I was pretty relieved when the chequered flag came, but at the same time I was in control of my own race."

Philipp Eng looked set to finish third but the Austrian retired on the final lap of the race, handing his place to Kazim Vasiliauskas as Sergey Afanasiev finished fourth ahead of Benjamin Bailly.

Championship standings

Driver Points
1 GBR Jolyon Palmer 221
2 GBR Dean Stoneman 217
3 GBR Philipp Eng 122
4 AUT Will Bratt 112
5 BEL Sergey Afanasiev 104
6 RUS Benjamin Bailly 110