Evans claims maiden GP2 victory at Silverstone

Evans claims maiden GP2 victory at Silverstone

5 July 2014 – Russian Time driver Mitch Evans claimed his maiden GP2 victory after edging out points leader Jolyon Palmer during Saturday's Feature Race at Silverstone.

Palmer led Evans for much of the race following the retirement of pole man Raffaele Marciello but the Kiwi got through during the pit-stop phase and maintained the lead on his out lap.

McLaren young driver Stoffel Vandoorne was third for ART.

Marciello blasted away from pole position to lead into Abbey, while Evans got the jump on Palmer into Village to move into second. Behind the leading trio Vandoorne got ahead of Felipe Nasr, but the Brazilian driver went around the outside of his rival to reclaim the position into Brooklands. Palmer gave Nasr a chance when he ran wide at Chapel but the Briton retained the place as they battled across the final sector.

Palmer's pace was quickly evident as he dispatched with Evans into The Loop a couple of laps later, before closing down the gap to race leader Marciello.

Marciello pitted first, allowing the prime-shod Palmer to lead the race. The Italian passed a few of his rivals but his Racing Engineering car slowed and he was forced to park by the side of the track with a gearbox problem.

Up front Palmer continued to lead Evans and was the first to blink for fresh tyres. Evans reacted a few laps later and emerged ahead of Palmer, but on cold tyres he came under threat from the DAMS driver. Palmer attempted a move around the outside of Luffield but was edged onto the dirt by Evans, who ultimately kept hold of the lead.

The pace of the front duo meant that Vandoorne was over 20 seconds behind at the finish, having himself pulled away from Stefano Coletti, who leapt up the order after a superb first lap.

Coletti's tyres faded during the closing stages and he was edged out of fourth place by Julián Leal as the duo scrapped it out across the final sector. Coletti bounced across the grass and rejoined ahead of Leal at Vale, but the Carlin driver had a better exit and took the position at the last opportunity.

Johnny Cecotto Jr. was sixth – just a tenth of a second behind Coletti – and he was hounded by Nasr, who lost time after a slow pit-stop.

Stéphane Richelmi claimed eighth and the Sprint Race pole, while Marco Sørensen scored points on his debut and Daniel Abt rounded out the top 10.

Sunday's Sprint race at Silverstone gets underway on Sunday at 9.20am local time (GMT +1)

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