Abu Dhabi GP2: Red Bull's Gasly clinches title as Lynn wins finale

Red Bull junior Pierre Gasly became GP2 champion in the final race of the season at Yas Marina, as Briton Alex Lynn sped to victory

Abu Dhabi GP2: Red Bull's Gasly clinches title as Lynn wins finale

Frenchman Gasly entered the reversed grid race 12 points ahead of Prema Racing team-mate Antonio Giovinazzi, and only needed to keep the Italian in sight to be sure of the crown.

Giovinazzi had a poor start from fourth on the grid, and then had to back off at Turn 2 to avoid contact with Johnny Cecotto Jr.

This left him in sixth place, while feature-race winner Gasly maintained his grid position of eighth.

Giovinazzi spent the middle part of the race trying to wrest fifth place away from Norman Nato, who formed a bottleneck of what became a group of six competitors that included Gasly.

With a few laps remaining Nato inched away from this group, while Giovinazzi instead came under attack from Artem Markelov.

Russian Time driver Markelov tried to pass the Italian at Turn 8 and then again at Turn 11 with five laps to go, the two banging wheels as Markelov was forced across the grass.

Gasly was right behind these two, and it didn't matter on the final lap when Mitch Evans deprived him of the final point.

Evans made the initial pass by cutting the chicane at Turn 8, but let Gasly repass and finally demoted him with a bold move in the twisty complex by the marina.

With Giovinazzi finishing sixth, that gave Gasly the title by eight points.

Up front, Lynn focused mainly on keeping the chasing Sergey Sirotkin out of DRS range.

DAMS man Lynn managed this perfectly and, in what looks set to be his farewell appearance in the series, pulled inexorably away from Sirotkin as the ART Grand Prix driver's tyres faded

Cecotto, making a starring cameo role on his latest GP2 comeback with Rapax, had fallen away from Sirotkin in the middle of the race, but ate into the Russian's advantage in the closing laps.

On the final lap, Cecotto got great traction out of the tight Turn 7 and was past Sirotkin for second before they even reached the braking area for Turn 8.

Nobuharu Matsushita completed an ART three-four behind Sirotkin, after passing the Racing Engineering car of Nato on the ninth lap.

RESULT - 22 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Alex Lynn DAMS 41m36.580s
2 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Rapax 4.945s
3 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 6.607s
4 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 8.078s
5 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 13.375s
6 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 16.716s
7 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 17.807s
8 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 22.609s
9 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 23.226s
10 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 30.312s
11 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 33.447s
12 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 37.784s
13 Jordan King Racing Engineering 38.848s
14 Gustav Malja Rapax 38.996s
15 Emil Bernstorff Arden International 45.390s
16 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 45.936s
17 Louis Deletraz Carlin 46.716s
18 Philo Paz Armand Trident 50.219s
19 Luca Ghiotto Trident 1m08.896s
20 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 1m10.410s
21 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 1m27.122s
- Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport Collision

FINAL CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Pierre Gasly 219
2 Antonio Giovinazzi 211
3 Sergey Sirotkin 159
4 Raffaele Marciello 159
5 Norman Nato 136
6 Alex Lynn 124
7 Jordan King 122
8 Luca Ghiotto 111
9 Oliver Rowland 107
10 Artem Markelov 97
11 Nobuharu Matsushita 92
12 Mitch Evans 90
13 Gustav Malja 53
14 Arthur Pic 36
15 Sean Gelael 24
16 Nicholas Latifi 23
17 Marvin Kirchhofer 21
18 Johnny Cecotto Jr. 18
19 Sergio Canamasas 17
20 Jimmy Eriksson 10
21 Daniel de Jong 6
22 Nabil Jeffri 2
23 Rene Binder 0
24 Philo Paz Armand 0
25 Emil Bernstorff 0
26 Louis Deletraz 0

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