Campos Racing’s Rio Haryanto has collected his second win in GP2, holding off a pressing Stoffel Vandoorne and his team-mate Nobuharu Matsushita.
Pole sitter Nick Yelloly didn’t get a great start off the line, dropping a place to Haryanto and then locking up into Turn 1 and hitting Alexander Rossi. Yelloly retired from the race shortly after while Rossi dropped back to thirteenth position, leaving him the task to claw his way back through the field just as he did in the Feature Race.
Artem Markelov gained two positions after the Yelloly-Rossi contact, which put him right on the back of Haryanto. The Russian Time driver seemed to have more speed than Haryanto, but was a bit too impatient in trying to pass the Indonesian for the lead. He dived in on the inside of Haryanto on Lap 14, however he took too much speed with him into the corner, causing him to cut across Haryanto and off the track, clipping the Campos driver’s front wing in the process.
Markelov’s misjudgement saw him drop down the order to eighth place where he remained for the rest of the race, and that left Vandoorne to put the pressure on Haryanto for the lead.
Vandoorne spent over 15 laps hounding the race leader, but the Indonesian’s speed on the exit of Turn 2 was too great for the Belgian, meaning the ART driver couldn’t get close enough for a pass at Turn 3.
Alex Lynn, who started sixth, stalled on the grid and was wheeled into the pits, effectively ruining his race. He returned to the track just ahead of Haryanto, then showed the pace he’s had all weekend by pulling away from the lead cars so he wouldn’t drop a lap down.
|Driver||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|1.||Rio Haryanto||Campos Racing||28||35:57.944|
|2.||Stoffel Vandoorne||ART Grand Prix||28||+ 0.450|
|3.||Nobuharu Matsushita||ART Grand Prix||28||+ 0.905|
|4.||Sergey Sirotkin||Rapax||28||+ 1.368|
|5.||Mitch Evans||Russian Time||28||+ 3.395|
|6.||Pierre Gasly||DAMS||28||+ 6.362|
|7.||Jordan King||Racing Engineering||28||+ 6.722|
|8.||Alexander Rossi||Racing Engineering||28||+ 7.929|
|9.||Robert Vișoiu||Rapax||28||+ 19.389|
|10.||Raffaele Marciello||Trident||28||+ 19.942|
|11.||Arthur Pic||Campos Racing||28||+ 22.034|
|12.||Daniël de Jong||MP Motorsport||28||+ 31.108|
|13.||Norman Nato||Arden International||28||+ 31.730|
|14.||René Binder||Trident||28||+ 34.330|
|15.||Richie Stanaway||Status Grand Prix||28||+ 36.352|
|16.||Marco Sørenson||Carlin||28||+ 37.945|
|17.||Nathanaël Berthon||Daiko Team Lazarus||28||+ 40.651|
|18.||Simon Trummer||Hilmer Motorsport||28||+ 42.119|
|19.||Marlon Stöckinger||Status Grand Prix||28||+ 59.175|
|20.||Alex Lynn||DAMS||28||+ 1:04.756|
|21.||André Negrão||Arden International||28||+ 1:14.124|
|22.||Julián Leal||Carlin||27||1 lap behind|
|Not Classified||Team / Entry||Laps||Result|
|DNF.||Nick Yelloly||Hilmer Motorsport||1||Accident|
|EXC.||Artem Markelov*||Russian Time||Fuel Sample|
|WD.||Zoël Amberg||Daiko Team Lazarus||unwell|
* Markelov (originally classified in eighth place) was excluded from the results after his car failed to deliver the minimum 1-litre fuel sample for post-race scrutineering.
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