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Nobuharu Matsushita Claims Maiden GP2 Victory

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Nobuharu Matsushita claimed victory in the Hungarian sprint race on Sunday morning, the Honda protégé taking his maiden GP2 Series victory ahead of his ART Grand Prix team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne and Sergey Sirotkin.

After starting from pole position thanks to his eighth place finish in the feature race, Matsushita was battling with Vandoorne into the first corner but the Japanese driver was able to hold off the Belgian driver. Just behind the ART Grand Prix pair, Sirotkin, who started from sixth, had a brilliant start and passed both Raffaele Marciello and Rio Haryanto.

When it looked as though the ART drivers had managed to disappear out front, Sirotkin began to put immense pressure on Vandoorne but could not get past despite a number of attempts into the first corner which meant that the Russian had to settle for third, taking his second podium of the weekend; a delightful end to a brilliant weekend for the Rapax man.

Like always, the Hungaroring saw drivers having to manage their tyres in order to have the smoothest race possible and Marciello and Haryanto did just that. The Trident and Campos Racing drivers having a clean fight for fourth and fifth position respectively.

Frenchman Norman Nato finished sixth after starting eleventh, the Arden International driver finishing just ahead of Robert Visoiu of Rapax, who maintained his tyres superbly to move up the order in the closing laps.

Pierre Gasly came home in eighth ahead of his DAMS team-mate and feature race winner, Alex Lynn whilst Arthur Pic rounded out the top ten.

Just as he had in the feature race, Sergio Canamasas made a perfect start, the Spaniard managing to climb from 25th to tenth during the first lap. However, the push at the start didn’t work out for the Hilmer Motorsport driver when his tyres hit the cliff which meant Canamasas paid a heavy price and dropped back down to 16th at the flag.

It was an unfortunate for both Racing Engineering drivers as the pair suffered from tyre issues towards the closing stages of the race, with Jordan King finishing 12th behind Nathanael Berthon, while Alexander Rossi was forced to pit for a new set of Pirelli tyres and ultimately ended up 19th at the end of the day.

Hungaroring Race 2 Result

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