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Monaco GP2: Stephane Richelmi claims maiden win on home ground

Stephane Richelmi wins Monaco GP2 2014

Local hero Stephane Richelmi led a processional GP2 sprint race in Monaco from start to finish on Saturday afternoon.

The result was his first victory in the series and made it two from two for the DAMS team this weekend, following on from team-mate Jolyon Palmer's feature race win on Friday.

Richelmi just held off Caterham's Rio Haryanto at the first corner, with Haryanto getting squeezed wide at Sainte Devote so Sergio Canamasas of Trident sneaked past him into second on the exit.

Canamasas put Richelmi under huge pressure throughout the race, and even when Canamasas straightlined the Nouvelle Chicane at two-thirds distance, the Spaniard was able to close right up again.

But Richelmi had something in reserve, pulling out a two-second lead in the closing stages to record a famous win on home turf.

Haryanto finished third, over six second behind Canamasas.

Trident's Johnny Cecotto Jr finished a very distant fourth, holding off a huge train that comprised the majority of the field.

Arthur Pic chased him home, ahead of Mitch Evans, Palmer and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.

Friday podium finisher Felipe Nasr went out at Mirabeau on the opening lap, skating off the track with a puncture sustained moments earlier at Casino Square.

The race was interrupted briefly by a safety car after Artem Markelov smote the barrier at Ste Devote, dislodging a chunk of the Tecpro barrier.

Results - 30 laps:

Pos  Driver               Team                  Time/Gap
 1.  Stephane Richelmi    DAMS                43m17.087s
 2.  Sergio Canamasas     Trident                +2.179s
 3.  Rio Haryanto         Caterham               +8.295s
 4.  Johnny Cecotto Jr    Trident               +25.320s
 5.  Arthur Pic           Campos                +25.753s
 6.  Mitch Evans          Russian Time          +25.973s
 7.  Jolyon Palmer        DAMS                  +26.587s
 8.  Adrian Quaife-Hobbs  Rapax                 +26.956s
 9.  Stefano Coletti      Racing Engineering    +28.473s
10.  Conor Daly           Lazarus               +28.721s
11.  Alexander Rossi      Caterham              +29.987s
12.  Nathanael Berthon    Lazarus               +30.105s
13.  Stoffel Vandoorne    ART                   +30.604s
14.  Kimiya Sato          Campos                +31.228s
15.  Andre Negrao         Arden                 +31.657s
16.  Julian Leal          Carlin                +32.085s
17.  Daniel Abt           Hilmer                +32.582s
18.  Simon Trummer        Rapax                 +33.458s
19.  Raffaele Marciello   Racing Engineering    +34.328s
20.  Rene Binder          Arden                 +35.417s
21.  Facu Regalia         Hilmer                +36.078s
22.  Tio Ellinas          MP                      -1 lap


     Artem Markelov       Russian Time           12 laps
     Takuya Izawa         ART                    11 laps
     Daniel de Jong       MP                      2 laps
     Felipe Nasr          Carlin                  0 laps
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