Nobuharu Matsushita Claims Maiden GP2 Victory

by Katy McConnachie

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

16Nobuharu MatsushitaJAPART Grand Prix43m43.229s
25Stoffel VandoorneBELART Grand Prix+1.961s
318Sergey SirotkinRUSRapax+2.560s
411Raffaele MarcielloITATrident+16.243s
515Rio HaryantoINOCampos Racing+17.821s
621Norman NatoFRAArden International+18.899s
719Robert VisoiuROMRapax+19.605s
81Pierre GaslyFRADAMS+24.504s
92Alex LynnGBRDAMS+29.572s
1014Arthur PicFRACampos Racing+30.380s
1126Nathanael BerthonFRALazarus+39.819s
127Jordan KingGBRRacing Engineering+43.666s
1323Richie StanawayNZLStatus Grand Prix+46.223s
1416Nicholas LatifiCANMP Motorsport+47.244s
153Julian LealCOLCarlin+47.869s
1625Sergio CanamasasESPHilmer Motorsport+50.050s
1724Nick YellolyGBRHilmer Motorsport+51.211s
1810Artem MarkelovRUSRussian Time+1m00.570s
198Alexander RossiUSARacing Engineering+1m04.855s
204Sean GelaelINOCarlin+1m07.304s
2120Andre NegraoBRZArden International+1m10.407s
229Mitch EvansNZLRussian Time+1m18.968s
2322Marlon StockingerPHIStatus Grand Prix+1 Lap
2412Rene BinderAUTTrident+1 Lap
RET17Daniel de JongNEDMP MotorsportRetired

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