Marussia Carlin GP2 drivers Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto faced opposite fortunes at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium today, in this morning’s GP2 Sprint race. Chilton’s race was effectively over by the first corner as the British racer was hit by another driver which saw him lose his front wing. Team mate Haryanto meanwhile made a great start and coped well with tyre wear to cross the line in seventh place and add further points to his tally.

It was another hectic first lap as this morning’s GP2 Sprint Race got underway at Spa. Both Marussia Carlin drivers initially made a good start, but Chilton was left in the middle of the track as the cars entered La Source. The Carlin man soon saw his race ruined by Jonny Cecotto – who had been on the grass for the run up the start/finish straight to the first corner – piled into Chilton’s rear right wheel, putting the British racer into a spin which also saw him lose his front wing.

While Chilton was suffering misfortune, Haryanto had made good progress from his tenth place grid slot and was up to sixth. The GP2 rookie once again had Marcus Ericsson behind him in a replay of yesterday’s race, but this time the Carlin man was staying ahead.

Despite heavy damage Chilton managed to limp back to the pits, where the Carlin team were waiting with a new nose box and front wing, allowing Chilton to rejoin in 22nd place.

As Ericsson dropped back, Haryanto soon had Esteban Gutierrez to contend with. Despite defending hard Haryanto lost the position on lap five and dropped to seventh place.

Ericsson was back in Haryanto’s mirrors a few laps later however, passing Haryanto, but the Indonesian made up two places on lap 11 after contact between Julian Leal and Gutierrez in the fight for the podium. That put Haryanto in sixth place, while Chilton was 20th.

Once again tyre degradation became the issue for the majority of drivers in the final stages of this morning’s Sprint Race. Haryanto was one driver involved in several changes for position with Fabio Leimer passing him for sixth on lap 14. Despite a close challenge from Stefano Coletti, Haryanto held on though, and crossed the line in seventh place to take two further points.

Chilton meanwhile was the quickest car on track, and set the fastest lap of the race on lap 15, although the British racer crossed the line in 22nd, after being the innocent victim in the lap one accident.

Two events remain in the GP2 calendar, as the drivers enjoying back-to-back races with the penultimate round in Monza next weekend. Chilton remains in sixth place in the drivers’ standings despite this weekend’s disappointing results, while Haryanto is 13th.