GP2: Richie Stanaway and Status secure maiden victory

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Richie Stanaway and Status Grand Prix celebrated their maiden victories in the GP2 Series in Monaco after the New Zealander dominated proceedings in Saturday’s sprint race.

Starting from second place on the reverse grid, Stanaway made a clean start to pass Ferrari junior driver Raffaele Marciello into the first corner and take the lead of the race.

From there, he put in a controlled drive to go lights-to-flag and claim his first GP2 victory in just his sixth races in the series.

“It feels quite surreal to win here in Monaco today and of all the places to win your first GP2 race, this has to be the best,” Stanaway said. “GP2 is still so new to me and with this just being my third race weekend it really is a fantastic feeling.

“The tough thing is the mental concentration around here, you just need to stay focussed and get into a rhythm. The best way for me to do this was to keep pushing and it worked.”

The result also marked Status Grand Prix’s first victory in GP2 since taking over the old Caterham Racing operation for the 2015 season.

“It’s a fantastic feeling to be Monaco race-winners with Richie in our first year of GP2,” team principal Teddy Yip Jr said. “Richie has driven phenomenally all weekend, giving us a little scare on the final corner but he says he was just messing around – heart in mouth moment, so thanks for that Richie!”

Stanaway was followed home by Marciello and ex-Sauber reserve driver Sergey Sirotkin, who scored his first podium finish in GP2 on Sunday with third place.

American driver Alexander Rossi scored his worst result of the season to date, starting and finishing seventh, whilst championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne was resigned to a similar fate as he went from eighth on the grid to eighth at the checkered flag.

The GP2 Series resumes in support of the Austrian Grand Prix in one month’s time, and will be rejoined by GP3 for the weekend.

Dean Wilson out for the remainder of the Supercross season

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“Such a massive gut punch on Saturday,” Dean Wilson wrote on Instagram on Tuesday. “Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye.”

With that post, Wilson announced that he will be out for the remainder of the Supercross season, which includes races at East Rutherford, N.J. and Las Vegas, Nev. An MRI earlier in the week revealed a shoulder injury. He also sustained damage to his kidney in a Lap 8 accident while he was running in the top 10.

Wilson’s injuries will not require surgery.

Wilson’s season began with a lot of promise. Earning the holeshot in the season-opening race at Anaheim, Wilson led for a time before narrowly missing the podium in fourth.

Two weeks later, Wilson finished fifth overall in the Triple Crown event of Anaheim II. Those are his only top-fives of the season.

“The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year,” Wilson continued.

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Such a massive gut punch on Saturday. Just as I was gaining good momentum riding well, feeling good and chasing my first win things turned in the blink of an eye. Started off Denver topping free practice then went on to qualify P1 in qualifier 1. Qualifier 2 didn’t get the cleanest laps but ended with a 4th. On to the main event I was running around 7th on lap 7 moving forward and as I came around for the rhythm section I tripled in and something freak happened causing the bike to nose dive after I tripled in and pile driving me into the ground. The tough part of this is I have been trying so hard this year to be back where I need to be trying to get a job for next year. It’s tough just hoping to have a ride each year. 2nd part is people saying “wilson’s hurt again, big surprise there” when it was something that wasn’t my fault. It’s a tough pill To swallow.. I injured my shoulder and got a contusion on my kidneys. Got MRI and good news is I dodged a bullet on my shoulder and I am just going to give it a few weeks of rest and therapy and see where we are at. Huge disappointment to end my SX season like this. Thanks to my whole team for everything and everybody checking in on me. I really appreciate it. I will be back.

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Next Race: East Rutherford April. 27, on NBCSN and on NBC Sports Gold

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