GP2 Bahrain: Haryanto claims his maiden win for Campos


Rio Haryanto claimed his maiden GP2 victory on his 70th race start in the category in the GP2 sprint race in Bahrain.

The Campos Racing man started the race down in seventh on the reversed grid after a controlled drive to second in Saturday’s feature race.

The Indonesian made a great start to move up to third on the opening lap and was instantly on the back of Mitch Evans, who he passed at turn one on lap four.

He then set about chasing down reverse-grid pole man Julian Leal. Like Evans, Leal was quickly caught by Haryanto and he once again made use of the DRS zone on the start/finish straight to pass the Columbian into turn one on lap eight.

Feature race winner Stoffel Vandoorne once again made good use of his tyres to follow Haryanto through the field to finish second.

The Belgian started the race down in eighth but managed his tyres well to preserve their life for later in the race.

When others began to lose grip Vandoorne began to progress forward, he made his way up to second, passing team-mate Nobuharu Matsushita in the process, but couldn’t close the gap to Haryanto who had also managed his tyres well.

An elated Haryanto celebrates his win. (Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service)
An elated Haryanto celebrates his win. (Credit: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Media Service)
Nathanael Berthon had an up and down race. The Frenchman started second on the grid but fell back dramatically at the start to fall to eighth.

But like Haryanto and Vandoorne, Berthon held off with his tyres until late on when others began to struggle for grip.

This allowed Berthon to close in on and pass Alexander Rossi for third on the final lap.

Rossi may have missed out on a second podium of the weekend but was easily able to maintain the big gap to reverse-grid pole man Leal.

Leal, who dropped down the order early on, was able to pass the struggling Matsushita on the final lap.

Robert Visoiu also struggled for grip with his tyres but was able to come out on top of a battle for seventh with Andre Negrao.

Jordan King finished just outside of the points in ninth ahead of Arthur Pic, who started at the back of the grid after his retirement in the feature race.

Sprint race results:

PosDriverTeamGap
1Rio HaryantoCampos Racing41m35.490s
2
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix3.004s
3
Nathanael Berthon
Lazarus5.639s
4
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
6.258s
5Julian LealCarlin13.945s
6
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix15.923s
7Robert VisoiuRapax19.794s
8Andre Negrao
Arden International
20.159s
9Jordan King
Racing Engineering
21.101s
10Arthur PicCampos Racing25.690s
11
Richie Stanaway
Status Grand Prix
32.040s
12
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME33.200s
13Daniel de JongMP Motorsport34.335s
14Sergey SirotkinRapax34.361s
15Alex LynnDAMS35.050s
16Norman Nato
Arden International
39.501s
17Mitchell EvansRUSSIAN TIME39.536s
18Zoel AmbergLazarus41.084s
19
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
43.390s
20
Raffaele Marciello
Trident47.545s
21
Marco Sorensen
Carlin49.715s
22Pierre GaslyDAMS56.504s
-
Sergio Canamasas
MP MotorsportRetirement
-Rene BinderTridentRetirement

Championship standings:

PosDriverPoints
1
Stoffel Vandoorne
43
2Rio Haryanto33
3
Alexander Rossi
23
4
Nathanael Berthon
16
5Jordan King12
6Robert Visoiu12
7Julian Leal10
8Mitchell Evans8
9
Nobuharu Matsushita
7
10Andre Negrao3