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Mitch Evans claims maiden GP2 win in Silverstone feature race

by Peter Allen
Mitch Evans

Photo: Jakob Ebrey/GP2 Series Media Service

Mitch Evans scored his first ever win in GP2 as he beat Jolyon Palmer to victory in the Silverstone feature race.

Pole-sitter Raffaele Marciello led the opening stages after a super start, before pitting to replaced his option tyres with a set of primes. Palmer and Evans continued in first and second, having started on primes.

Marciello rejoined in traffic, meaning he began losing time to his rivals up front. His victory hopes then cruelly ended for good when his car spluttered to a halt at Brooklands.

That switched the focus to the battle between Palmer and Evans. The New Zealander had got ahead of the Briton on the first lap, but Palmer fought back on lap four to regain the place.

Evans stuck with Palmer though until the DAMS driver pitted, and Evans used a fast in-lap to leap ahead when he visited the pits one lap later. Palmer was on Evans’ tail at that stage, but the Russian Time driver managed to extend the gap to 4.9 seconds before taking the chequered flag.

Felipe Nasr had held third until a slow pitstop send the Brazilian down the order. Stoffel Vandoorne was on hand to score his consecutive feature race podium, albeit 20 seconds behind Palmer.

Stefano Coletti was jumped by the early-stopping Julian Leal when he made his own pitstop, but did manage to regain the place and looked set for fourth. Leal didn’t give up though, and challenged Coletti at the outside of Stowe on the last lap. There was contact between the two there and at Club, but Leal managed to get the place. The Colombian had started fourth, but fell back as far as ninth on the opening lap before recovering.

Johnny Cecotto finished sixth ahead of Nasr, who did manage to recover one place at the end by passing Stephane Richelmi with a move around the outside at Brooklands, but the Brazilian saw his gap to points leader Palmer increase.

Debutant Marco Sorensen got a flying start but fell back to ninth, while Daniel Abt finally secured his and the Hilmer team’s first point of the season in tenth.

Update: Stewards decided to penalise Leal for causing ‘a careless collision’ with Coletti in their last-lap scrap, dropping him back to fifth in the final classification.

Race results
Pos Driver? Time Time/Gap?
1 Mitch Evans Russian Time 29 laps in 50:56.307
2 Jolyon Palmer DAMS +4.941
3 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix +25.680
4 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering +32.077
5 Julian Leal Carlin +31.912*
6 Johnny Cecotto Trident +32.225
7 Felipe Nasr Carlin +32.977
8 Stephane Richelmi DAMS +34.849
9 Marco Sorensen MP Motorsport +35.055
10 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport +40.275
11 Arthur Pic Campos Racing +43.017
12 Alexander Rossi EQ8 Caterham Racing +44.568
13 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs Rapax +45.715
14 Conor Daly Venezuela GP Lazarus +47.455
15 Sergio Canamasas Trident +49.565
16 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix +56.175
17 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus +57.811
18 Artem Markelov Russian Time +1:00.948
19 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport +1:01.667
20 Andre Negrao Arden International +1:03.906
21 Rio Haryanto EQ8 Caterham Racing +1:04.778
22 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport +1:05.083
23 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing +1:18.405
24 Rene Binder Arden International +2 laps
25 Simon Trummer Rapax +3 laps
Not classified
Raffale Marciello Racing Engineering +15 laps

*Demoted one position for causing a collision