Last minute move seals Evans victory

Image credit - GP2 Media Service

Image credit – GP2 Media Service

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.

Position Driver Team Gap
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
5 S. Sirotkin Rapax 8.871
6 S. Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 11.895
7 R. Marciello Trident 12.150
8 R. Binder MP Motorsport 13.241
9 A. Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 13.625
10 J. Leal Carlin 14.352
11 A. Lynn DAMS 14.502
12 R. Haryanto Campos Racing 15.250
13 P. Gasly DAMS 15.672
14 J. Cecotto Trident 17.686
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
20 J. Mardenborough Carlin 35.277
21 R. Visoiu Rapax DNF
22 A. Rossi Racing Engineering DNF
23 J. King Racing Engineering DNF
24 N. Nato Arden International DNF

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