Mitch Evans has taken out the Silverstone GP2 Series Feature Race after an intense battle with championship leader Jolyon Palmer.

The pair was scrapping for position for most of the race, which saw quality racing between the two after both chose the right strategy by starting on the prime tyres.

The second place for Palmer means he extends his championship lead over Felipe Nasr and Johnny Cecotto, who finished in sixth and seventh respectively.

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Pole sitter Raffaele Marciello made a blistering start, storming away from the pack as many cars bogged down and got average starts, Palmer and Evans included.

Marciello held the lead for 10 laps before pitting to take on the better performing prime tyres. However he ran into traffic as many of the midfield drivers were on the long-running prime tyres and didn’t have to yield.

It then went from bad to worse for the Ferrari development driver, as he lost drive with 15 laps to go in the race and missing out on what was almost a certain podium.

The final podium place went to ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne, whom himself had a close battle with Julian Leal, passing him in the pits and doing well to defend the position on cold tyres.

Leal to his credit didn’t let that deter him as he passed Stefano Coletti on the last lap to take fourth position. The pair made contact during the contest and the stewards ultimately ruled that the Colombian was careless in his move on the Monegasque driver, reversing their finishing positions after a post-race hearing.

Nasr was on track for a good finish and a possible fight for the podium, however he ran into troubles during his pit stop where a cross-threaded wheel nut cost him valuable seconds.

Conor Daly made an incredible start, jumping from 21st position to 12th. Although didn’t have the pace or the tyres to keep the position, he ended up dropping back to 14th.

Arthur Pic was unlucky to continue his trend of scoring points at almost every race as he finished just outside the top ten, two seconds behind Daniel Abt in tenth place.

2014 GP2 Series Race of Britain – Feature Race Result (29 laps)

Driver Team / Entry Laps Result
1. Mitch Evans RT Russian Time 29 50:56.307
2. Jolyon Palmer DAMS 29 + 4.941
3. Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 29 + 25.680
4. Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 29 + 32.077
5. Julián Leal* Carlin Motorsport 29 + 31.912
6. Johnny Cecotto Jr Trident Racing 29 + 32.225
7. Felipe Nasr Carlin Motorsport 29 + 32.977
8. Stéphane Richelmi DAMS 29 + 34.849
9. Marco Sørensen dk MP Motorsport 29 + 35.055
10. Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 29 + 40.275
11. Arthur Pic Campos Racing 29 + 43.017
12. Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing 29 + 44.568
13. Andrew Quaife-Hobbs Rapax Team 29 + 45.715
14. Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus 29 + 47.455
15. Sergio Canamasas es Trident Racing 29 + 49.565
16. Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 29 + 56.175
17. Nathanaël Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 29 + 57.811
18. Artem Markelov RT Russian Time 29 + 1:00.948
19. Daniël de Jong MP Motorsport 29 + 1:01.667
20. Andre Negrão Arden International 29 + 1:03.906
21. Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing 29 + 1:04.778
22. Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 29 + 1:05.083
23. Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 29 + 1:18.405
24. René Binder Arden International 27 2 laps behind
25. Simon Trummer Rapax Team 26 3 laps behind
Not Classified
DNF. Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering 14 Transmission

* Julián Leal was demoted to fifth place in the Final Classification for causing an avoidable collision with Stefano Coletti on the final lap of the race.

Images via GP2 Media

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