Richelmi takes maiden GP2 win in Monaco

Richelmi takes maiden GP2 win in Monaco

24 May 2014 – Stéphane Richelmi claimed his maiden GP2 victory on home soil by mastering Saturday's Sprint Race in Monaco. The DAMS driver, who started on the reverse grid pole, led home Trident rival Sergio Canamasas by two seconds, while Caterham's Rio Haryanto completed the podium.

As the lights went out for the final time in the feeder series weekend, Richelmi made a solid start to fend off Haryanto into the first corner, a lead he would keep for the entire race.

Haryanto then came under pressure from Canamasas, who pulled off a clean move early in the lap to climb up to second and apply pressure to leader Richelmi.

But despite Canamasas's best efforts throughout the 30-lap encounter, Richelmi would not be stopped en route to his first win in the series and DAMS's second victory of the Monte-Carlo event.

Haryanto took what was a lonely third, four seconds back on Canamasas and over ten clear of fourth-placed Johnny Cecotto Jr.

Cecotto Jr. did well to hold on to his position in the closing stages, the Trident driver struggling for pace and backing up a sizeable train of cars.

Arthur Pic was the first of the drivers fended off by Cecotto Jr., taking fifth ahead of Mitch Evans.

Feature Race winner Jolyon Palmer finished seventh, with Adrian Quaife-Hobbs claiming the final point.

Artem Markelov, Takuya Izawa, Daniël de Jong and Felipe Nasr were the four retirements; Nasr crashed out on the first lap, Izawa suffered suspected brake issues, de Jong was pushed into the barriers after clashing with Raffaele Marciello and Markelov hit the wall at Ste Devote, causing a brief Safety Car period.

In the championship standings, Palmer leads on 103 points, 46 ahead of nearest rival Nasr.

The fourth round of the 2014 season takes place in Austria on the weekend of June 21-22

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