New Zealander Mitch Evans took his maiden GP2 Series win in the Feature Race around a damp Silverstone. The Russian Time driver took advantage of Raffaele Marciello’s retirement and an excellent out-lap to beat Jolyon Palmer to the victory and his first visit to the top step of the podium.
Marciello led strongly away for Racing Engineering, and was building up a good lead when he was forced to pull off the track with a mechanical issue that handed the lead to DAMS driver Palmer. Evans bided his time and pitted a lap later than Palmer, and took the lead that he held until the chequered flag.
Stoffel Vandoorne took third for ART Grand Prix, but the Belgian driver was over twenty-five seconds behind race winner Evans.
Julian Leal was classified fourth for Carlin, but was penalised a spot by stewards for colliding with Stefano Coletti of Racing Engineering on the final lap, who inherits the fourth place instead. Johnny Cecotto Jr, a double race winner already this season for Trident Racing finished sixth.
Felipe Nasr, currently sitting second in the championship standings, finished seventh for Carlin but was on course for a podium before a slow pit stop cost him valuable time.
Stephane Richelmi held onto the valuable eighth position and reverse grid pole for Sunday’s Sprint race for DAMS, and will be looking to secure his second victory of the season after his win in Monaco. He was given a good challenge by series debutant Marco Sorensen, who secured two championship points for MP Motorsport in ninth, while Daniel Abt finally secured Hilmer Motorsport’s first point of the season with tenth.
Silverstone Feature Race Result
|1||Mitch Evans||NZL||RT Russian Time||50m56.307s|
|3||Stoffel Vandoorne||BEL||ART Grand Prix||+25.680s|
|4||Stefano Coletti||MON||Racing Engineering||+32.077s|
|6||Johnny Cecotto Jr||VEN||Trident Racing||+32.225s|
|9||Marco Sorensen||DEN||MP Motorsport||+35.055s|
|10||Daniel Abt||GER||Hilmer Motorsport||+40.275s|
|11||Arthur Pic||FRA||Campos Racing||+43.017s|
|12||Alexander Rossi||USA||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+44.568s|
|14||Conor Daly||USA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+47.455s|
|15||Sergio Canamasas||ESP||Trident Racing||+49.565s|
|16||Takuya Izawa||JAP||ART Grand Prix||+56.175s|
|17||Nathanael Berthon||FRA||Venezuela GP Lazarus||+57.811s|
|18||Artem Markelov||RUS||RT Russian Time||+1m00.948s|
|19||Daniel de Jong||NED||MP Motorsport||+1m01.667s|
|20||Andre Negrao||BRZ||Arden International||+1m03.906s|
|21||Rio Haryanto||INO||EQ8 Caterham Racing||+1m04.778s|
|22||Jon Lancaster||GBR||Hilmer Motorsport||+1m05.083s|
|23||Kimiya Sato||JAP||Campos Racing||+1m18.405s|
|24||Rene Binder||AUT||Arden International||+2 Laps|
|25||Simon Trummer||SWI||Rapax||+3 Laps|
|RET||Raffaele Marciello||ITA||Racing Engineering||14 Laps|