The GP2 Series marked its 200th race in style with Mitch Evans storming through the field to win a thrilling Feature Race at the Hockenheim circuit.
Evans, who started the race in fifteenth position, chose to start on the soft tyres while most of the field opted for the mediums to run a longer stint.
The Russian Time driver was joined by Arthur Pic and Raffaele Marciello on the soft tyre, although after pitting with a long 17 laps to go and in uncanny circumstances, both Pic and Marciello’s cars went into safety mode in the pits and stalled.
The pair was running in the top ten and after a possible podium position dropped to the back of the pack, ruining their race.
ART’s Stoffel Vandoorne looked set to return to the top step of the podium after a blistering start from second, disposing of the slow starting Jolyon Palmer.
Palmer was then put under pressure by Stefano Coletti, trading places on the first lap until the safety car was brought out due to a collision between Artem Markelov and Jon Lancaster.
Debris was also left on the track after Sergio Canamasas spun Conor Daly at the hairpin in a questionable move for position.
Once the safety car cleared the circuit racing resumed and just a few laps later there was more contact. This time a charging Mitch Evans squeezed Alexander Rossi as he was attempting to pass, knocking his front wing and damaging Rossi’s steering column which ended his race.
With 14 laps left to run, leading drivers who started on the medium tyre started to make their mandatory pit stop to change to the soft tyre.
It was here where Evans took the lead as Vandoorne came out of the pits just behind the New Zealander.
Evans had a massive task at hand to try and keep Vandoorne and Palmer behind him, both on fresher and faster tyres.
Positions changed every lap in the top 10 as drivers pulled out some incredible overtaking manoeuvres as they scrapped for points.
Felipe Nasr, Simon Trummer and Johnny Cecotto Jr. had a fantastic battle in the final stages of the race, including a gutsy pass by Nasr on Cecotto around the outside of Turn 13.
However it was the top three that remained the same as Evans drove one of the greatest defensive drives to win his second consecutive GP2 Feature Race.
2014 GP2 Series Race of Germany – Feature Race Result (38 laps)
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Mitch Evans||RT Russian Time||38||58:15.099|
|2.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||38||+ 0.414|
|3.||Jolyon Palmer||DAMS||38||+ 2.755|
|4.||Stefano Coletti||Racing Engineering||38||+ 20.191|
|5.||Felipe Nasr||Carlin Motorsport||38||+ 20.687|
|6.||Simon Trummer||Rapax Team||38||+ 23.432|
|7.||Johnny Cecotto Jr||Trident Racing||38||+ 30.583|
|8.||Nathanaël Berthon||Venezuela GP Lazarus||38||+ 33.160|
|9.||Marco Sørensen||MP Motorsport||38||+ 35.879|
|10.||Stéphane Richelmi||DAMS||38||+ 36.857|
|11.||René Binder||Arden International||38||+ 37.111|
|12.||Tom Dillman||EQ8 Caterham Racing||38||+ 38.081|
|13.||Takuya Izawa||ART Grand Prix||38||+ 43.096|
|14.||Andrew Quaife-Hobbs||Rapax Team||38||+ 47.572|
|15.||Sergio Canamasas||Trident Racing||38||+ 49.996|
|16.||Julián Leal||Carlin Motorsport||38||+ 58.217|
|17.||Raffaele Marciello||Racing Engineering||38||+ 1:02.333|
|18.||Andre Negrão||Arden International||38||+ 1:04.818|
|19.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||38||+ 1:05.181|
|20.||Daniel Abt||Hilmer Motorsport||38||+ 1:09.082|
|21.||Conor Daly||Venezuela GP Lazarus||38||+ 1:09.244|
|22.||Rio Haryanto||EQ8 Caterham Racing||37||1 lap behind|
|DNF.||Jon Lancaster||Hilmer Motorsport||24||Damage|
|DNF.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||12||Mechanical|
|DNF.||Alexander Rossi||Campos Racing||5||Steering|
|DNF.||Artem Markelov||RT Russian Time||0||Collision|
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