Mitch Evans has secured his first GP2 Series victory since Germany 2014 after a last gasp move on Arthur Pic.
Jordan King started the race from pole position but lost the lead to Arthur Pic before the first corner. The Briton lost another place to a fast starting Norman Nato but the pair retired when King crashed into the Frenchman; King had suspension damage while Nato’s engine blew up at the third corner.
Kiwis Mitch Evans and Richie Stanaway jumped up to second and third place but Stoffel Vandoorne got involved in their battle and separated the New Zealanders after a couple of laps.
The safety car was deployed on lap seven of the 21 lap race when Robert Visoiu missed his braking point into the second chicane and pushed yesterday’s race winner Alexander Rossi into a spin. Both drivers stalled on the racing line.
Sergey Sirotkin started 21st on the grid but soon got embroiled in tussles for points. An outstanding move on Rio Haryanto and Raffaele Marciello into the first corner saw the drivers three wide and it was the Russian who came out on top. Further moves on Sergio Canamasas and Rene Binder saw him finish fifth.
The fight for the win involved Arthur Pic, Mitch Evans and Stoffel Vandoorne. Pic led his rivals for the majority of the race but on the final lap, Evans threw his RUSSIAN TIME car up the inside at turn one and made the move stick. The New Zealander crossed the line to take his first victory since Germany 2014.
|1||M. Evans||RUSSIAN TIME||34:17.890|
|2||A. Pic||Campos Racing||0.707|
|3||S. Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||1.066|
|4||R. Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||7.623|
|6||S. Canamasas||Daiko Team Lazarus||11.895|
|8||R. Binder||MP Motorsport||13.241|
|9||A. Markelov||RUSSIAN TIME||13.625|
|12||R. Haryanto||Campos Racing||15.250|
|15||N. Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||22.464|
|16||S. Trummer||Hilmer Motorsport||23.094|
|17||P. Niederhauser||Daiko Team Lazarus||25.186|
|18||A. Negrão||Arden International||25.570|
|19||M. Stöckinger||Status Grand Prix||26.228|
|22||A. Rossi||Racing Engineering||DNF|
|23||J. King||Racing Engineering||DNF|
|24||N. Nato||Arden International||DNF|