Stanaway wins around Sochi Autodrom


Richie Stanaway was victorious around the Sochi Autodrom on Sunday morning when he fought off the likes of Rio Haryanto and Raffaele Marciello whilst Stoffel Vandoorne was crowned the 2015 GP2 Series Champion in front of the Russian fans after he crossed the line in fourth, just missing out on the podium.

Stanaway, who started on the front row of the grid in second position, made an incredible getaway from the line to pass Arthur Pic. The Frenchman struggled to keep Stanaway and his Campos Racing teammate Haryanto at bay as the field made their way through the first turn.

Just like on Saturday in the Feature Race, there was an incident on the first lap which saw a Safety Car period when Sergey Sirotkin spun into Dean Stoneman as Rene Binder and Marlon Stockinger came together just behind the first pair.

The race went live a few laps later and Stanaway made a fantastic getaway from the rest of the field whilst all those who were behind Pic, looked for a way past the Frenchman. Pierre Gasly looked like he had done the job into the first corner before the Red Bull Junior driver ran too deep and hit the kerb, dropping into sixth place, undoing all of the hard work he had just managed to do.

On Lap 9, Marciello and Vandoorne finally found themselves getting past the struggling Campos car of Pic, the two of them commencing their battle for the final podium position once they managed to get past the Frenchman. The Italian Ferrari Academy Driver often ran a little too deep in the attempt to keep a gap between himself and the Belgian behind him.

At the front of the field, Haryanto was closing in on Stanaway and managed to get past the New Zealander just as the safety car was called out for a second stint when Johnny Cecotto found himself in the wall at turn 3, dropping out of the points on the penultimate lap of the Sprint Race.

Stanaway reclaimed his position feeling it was rightly his own and was greeted by the chequered flag a lap later to add another win to the one he was able to get in Monaco earlier this year.

Haryanto and Marciello made up the podium whilst Vandoorne settled for fourth position. Gasly, who took a podium the day before in the Feature Race, ran a fantastic race in order to come home fifth ahead of Alexander Rossi, Norman Nato and Mitch Evans.

Vandoorne claimed the Series Championship with two rounds remaining on the calendar.