GP2: Vandoorne victorious again in Austria feature race

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Stoffel Vandoorne’s incredible start to the 2015 GP2 Series season continued at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Saturday as he claimed his fifth consecutive feature race win.

Vandoorne started the race from pole position for a record-breaking seventh time, and despite coming under pressure from Sergey Sirotkin and Nobuharu Matsushita during the race, managed to emerge victorious by 11 seconds.

An early pit stop during a virtual safety car period had left Vandoorne in the middle of the pack and needing to fight his way through the order, but by the team he was in clear air, there was little that could stop the Belgian.

“I think it was one of the hardest of the season because I had to battle my way through the field,” he said.

“It’s always a good feeling when you manage to do that. It’s difficult to overtake. Today showed that we were capable of doing it and it’s a good feeling to come out on top after that.”

The ART Grand Prix driver has now established a 65-point lead at the top of the drivers’ championship over American driver Alexander Rossi, who could only finish sixth on Saturday.

Sirotkin managed to convert a good qualifying result into strong race pace to score his first podium in GP2, whilst DAMS driver Alex Lynn’s reverse strategy saw him finish third ahead of Matsushita and Russian Time’s Artem Markelov.

Hilmer Motorsport’s Nick Yelloly will start on pole position for tomorrow’s sprint race after finishing the race in eighth place. Rio Haryanto finished the race in seventh place, handing him second place on the grid for Sunday.

Scott Dixon fastest on the second day of Indianapolis 500 practice

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Scott Dixon was fastest on the second day of Indy 500 practice Thursday, turning a lap at 226.102 mph in his No. 9 Dallara-Honda at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Takuma Sato was second, followed by Marco Andretti, Conor Daly and rookie Alex Palou.

The rest of the top 10 were: Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, James Hinchcliffe, Fernando Alonso and James Davison.

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The session had one incident as Alonso crashed with just less than an hour left in the session. The Arrow McLaren SP driver was optimistic that the car could be repaired without a backup.

Among the other notables on the speed chart Thursday: Ryan Hunter-Reay (11th); Tony Kanaan (14th); Helio Castroneves (16th); Josef Newgarden (18th); Graham Rahal (19th); Will Power (23rd); Alexander Rossi (26th) and defending race winner Simon Pagenaud (27th).

Felix Rosenqvist (24th) and rookie Dalton Kellett turned the most laps (141) around the 2.5-mile oval.

Teams mostly focused on race setup Thursday as they will receive 80 extra horsepower in the “Fast Friday” practice that will feature speeds above 230 mph for qualifying Saturday and Sunday.

The Indy 500 will take place Aug. 23; coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET on NBC with the green flag at 2:30 p.m.

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