Vandoorne takes brilliant Barcelona win

Vandoorne takes brilliant Barcelona win

9 May 2015 – Stoffel Vandoorne continued his fine start to the 2015 season as he claimed victory in the Feature Race at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain.

Vandoorne ran an Option/Prime strategy and looked set to be hauled in by Alexander Rossi and Mitch Evans, who adopted a Prime/Option approach and carved into Vandoorne's lead during the closing stages.

But Vandoorne held on and even pulled away across the last few laps, while Evans got the better of Rossi to take second.

Vandoorne didn't have the best getaway but the McLaren young driver held onto the lead on the run down to the first corner, while Pierre Gasly went around the outside of Alex Lynn into Turn 1.

Vandoorne immediately posted a series of quick laps to escape DRS range, while Lynn clambered all over the back of his DAMS team-mate in the battle for second, as all three pushed on their Option tyres.

Vandoorne extended his lead to almost two seconds and it came in handy when a slow stop almost resulted in Gasly emerging from the pit lane ahead of the Belgian.

Lynn made his stop a lap later and the order between the trio was maintained, though the lead went to Evans, who was narrowly ahead of fellow Prime-starter Rossi.

The trio all had to work their way through traffic – this resulted in them spreading out – while Vandoorne's gap to leader Evans was maintained around the 25-second mark.

Evans pitted with 10 laps to go but he was overhauled through the cycle by Rossi, who had spent much of the race glued to the back of the Russian Time driver.

Rossi immediately posted personal best times and eased past both DAMS drivers and Evans did likewise, as Gasly and Lynn fought with each other.

Rossi and Evans both closed the gap to Vandoorne and, as the race entered the final few laps, the trio were strung together on circuit.

Rossi drifted away from Vandoorne to the extent where the ART driver was out of DRS range and Evans dived up the inside of Rossi into Turn 1 on the penultimate lap to move into second.

Evans looked set to slice into Vandoorne's lead but he was unable to make in-roads and settled for second, with Rossi securing third place.

Rio Haryanto claimed fourth while Lynn finally got the better of Gasly late on, with the Frenchman also slipping behind Raffaele Marciello.

Norman Nato was eighth as he took his first GP2 points, with Arthur Pic and Richie Stanaway completing the top 10.

The GP2 Sprint Race begins on Sunday at 10:35 local time (GMT +2)

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