GP2: Lynn storms to victory in Hungary feature race


Alex Lynn clinched his second victory of the 2015 GP2 Series season in Hungary on Saturday, heading up a DAMS one-two at the Hungaroring.

Lynn secured his first pole position in GP2 on Friday, and managed to hold on to the lead at the start as of championship leader Stoffel Vandoorne dropped back to fifth place.

Vandoorne opted to start the race on the soft tire, and made an early pit stop in a bid to put in some quick times on fresh rubber whilst Lynn continued on primes at the front of the field.

However, Vandoorne’s hopes of scoring a fifth win of the season were dashed when he was handed a five second time penalty for an unsafe release in the pit lane.

Nevertheless, the Belgian driver assumed the lead of the race once Lynn had pitted, but was unable to hold the British driver back as his tires faded towards the end. He eventually finished third on road behind DAMS driver Pierre Gasly, leaving him fifth once his penalty had been applied.

The battle for what would be the final podium position went to the final corner, but nearly ended in tears when Sergey Sirotkin and Rio Haryanto made contact. Both drivers managed to get to the line with Sirotkin ahead, but the Russian is expected to be hit with a penalty for causing a collision.

American driver Alexander Rossi had a race to forget as he finished 12th, losing ten points in the title race to Vandoorne. The gap now stands at 75 points ahead of Sunday’s sprint race.

In GP3, Luca Ghiotto converted his third pole position of the season into a race win by going wire-to-wire at the Hungaroring, extending his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings.

Mercedes junior driver Esteban Ocon finished second ahead of title contender Marvin Kirchhofer, who held off Emil Bernstorff in a fight to the line.

Ferrari youngster Antonio Fuoco will start tomorrow’s race from reverse grid pole after finishing the race in eighth place.