Reigning Japanese F3 champion Nobuharu Matsushita has won his first race in the GP2 Series, easing to a lights-to-flag victory in the Hungarian Grand Prix Sprint Race. Stoffel Vandoorne came in second to complete an ART Grand Prix one-two.

Rapax’s Sergey Sirotkin continued his brilliant form finishing the race in third position to make his second visit to the podium this weekend. The Russian spent the last portion of the race pressing Vandoorne for second, however couldn’t make it past the championship leader.

Vandoorne looked promising for the win early in the race, as he looked to be alternating between fast and slow laps in order to stay clear of Matsushita and save his tyres. Mid-race, the Belgian reported that his tyres were starting to grain and he was unable to close the two-second gap to his team-mate.

It was a race to forget for Racing Engineer as both of their drivers failed to make an impact on the race. Alexander Rossi and Jordan King seemed to struggle early with their tyres, causing them to slip down the grid. Rossi, who started in twelfth position, ended the race in noneteenth after having enough of the Medium tyre and making an unscheduled pit stop for the Soft tyre. King started the race in third position, but he too struggled with the life of the Medium tyre and finished in twelfth place.

A weekend of no points scored sees Rossi drop to third in the Drivers’ Championship standings, with Rio Haryanto moving ahead into second.

Raffaele Marciello didn’t have the pace to challenge for the lead after he was another driver to lose places at the start dropping from second to fourth.

Down towards the end of the grid, Sergio Canamasas started the race in last position, but by the end of the first lap he was up to tenth after making an incredible start. That was as high as Canamasas got in the race, as he destroyed his tyres on the opening few laps, he ended the race in sixteenth.

2015 GP2 Series Hungary – Sprint Race Final Classification (28 laps)
Driver Team / Entry Laps Result
1. Nobuharu Matsushita jp ART Grand Prix 28 43:43.229
2. Stoffel Vandoorne be ART Grand Prix 28 + 1.961
3. Sergey Sirotkin ru Rapax 28 + 2.560
4. Raffaele Marciello it Trident 28 + 16.243
5. Rio Haryanto id Campos Racing 28 + 17.821
6. Norman Nato fr Arden International 28 + 18.899
7. Robert Vișoiu ro Rapax 28 + 19.605
8. Pierre Gasly fr DAMS 28 + 24.504
9. Alex Lynn uk DAMS 28 + 29.572
10. Arthur Pic fr Campos Racing 28 + 30.380
11. Nathanaël Berthon fr Daiko Team Lazarus 28 + 39.819
12. Jordan King uk Racing Engineering 28 + 43.666
13. Richie Stanaway nz Status Grand Prix 28 + 46.223
14. Nicholas Latifi ca MP Motorsport 28 + 47.244
15. Julián Leal co Carlin 28 + 47.869
16. Sergio Canamasas es Hilmer Motorsport 28 + 50.050
17. Nick Yelloly uk Hilmer Motorsport 28 + 51.211
18. Artem Markelov ru Russian Time 28 + 1:00.570
19. Alexander Rossi us Racing Engineering 28 + 1:04.855
20. Sean Galeal id Carlin 28 + 1:07.304
21. André Negrão br Arden International 28 + 1:10.407
22. Mitch Evans nz Russian Time 28 + 1:18.968
23. Marlon Stöckinger ph Status Grand Prix 27 1 lap behind
24. René Binder at Trident 27 1 lap behind
Not Classified Team / Entry Laps Result
DNF. Daniël de Jong nl MP Motorsport 16 Mechanical
WD. Zoël Amberg ch Daiko Team Lazarus unwell

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