GP2: Haryanto beats Vandoorne to Austria sprint race win


Campos Racing’s Rio Haryanto clinched his second victory of the 2015 GP2 Series season on Sunday in Austria after fending off championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne in the closing stages of the race.

Starting from second place on the grid, Haryanto seized the lead at the start after pole-sitter Nick Yelloly and American driver Alexander Rossi made contact at the first corner.

Rossi had been hoping to score his first win of the season from third place on the grid, but the incident meant that he could finish no higher than ninth at the end of the race.

Haryanto’s immediate threat was Russian Time’s Artem Markelov, who tried to pass the Indonesian driver for the lead of the race at half-distance, only to slide off into the gravel and drop back.

Vandoorne had continued his sensational start to the 2015 season by winning a fifth straight feature race on Saturday, and managed to fight his way up from P8 on the grid to assume second place after Markelov’s mistake.

The Belgian driver began to apply pressure to Haryanto, keen on scoring his first double-win weekend in GP2, and remained within one second in the closing stages of the race.

However, he was unable to make a pass, allowing Haryanto to cross the line and claim his second win of the 2015 GP2 Series season following his success in Bahrain two months ago.

Vandoorne’s ART Grand Prix teammate Nobuharu Matsushita claimed his first podium finish in GP2 by finishing third, beating Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin in fourth place.

Russian Time’s Mitch Evans secured fifth place ahead of DAMS driver Pierre Gasly and Racing Engineering’s Jordan King, whilst Markelov eventually finished eighth following his error when trying to take the lead.

The GP2 Series resumes in two weeks’ time at Silverstone in support of the British Grand Prix.