GP2 Hockenheim: Alex Lynn claims second victory of 2016

Williams Formula 1 test driver Alex Lynn reinvigorated his GP2 season with his second victory of 2016 at Hockenheim

GP2 Hockenheim: Alex Lynn claims second victory of 2016

In his wake, Saturday winner Sergey Sirotkin battled through to second and claimed the points lead from Pierre Gasly - despite the Red Bull protege charging from the back of the grid to sixth.

Lynn shot into the lead at the start as poleman Antonio Giovinazzi made a slow getaway.

Though MP Motorsport driver Oliver Rowland put pressure on DAMS racer Lynn on several occasions early on, the leader was ultimately able to break away and Rowland had to focus on defending second.

Giovinazzi picked up a five-second time penalty for forcing Arthur Pic off the track on the run to the first corner, and was in a hurry to get past Rowland for second.

His efforts to do so ended in contact in the complex before the stadium section at half-distance and Giovinazzi retired in the gravel.

That put Gustav Malja onto Rowland's tail - the Rapax driver having caught a massive fishtailing slide on the pits straight as he tried to get between Rowland and Giovinazzi off the line - but Sirotkin had the best pace in this growing pack.

After despatching Malja, the Russian Renault F1 test driver spent lap after lap trying to get through Rowland's defences before finally securing second.

With Malja also losing performance, it was his Rapax team-mate Pic who came through to score his first podium of the year, with Luca Ghiotto pushing Rowland back to fifth.

Having controversially lost third place on Saturday due to his on-board fire extinguisher emptying itself during the race, Gasly immediately surged from 20th to 14th on lap one.

A collision between Norman Nato and Nabil Jeffri ahead handed him two more places, and he then made assertive progress through the upper midfield to claim sixth ahead of Raffaele Marciello.

That leaves Sirotkin and Gasly tied at the head of the championship, but with the Russian getting the nod on countback.

Artem Markelov surged through the field on fresh tyres after a mid-race pitstop and reached eighth on the road, only for a time penalty for pitlane speeding to drop him back to ninth between Malja and fellow pitstopper Mitch Evans.

RESULTS - 27 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Alex Lynn DAMS 43m20.504s
2 Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 2.922s
3 Arthur Pic Rapax 4.688s
4 Luca Ghiotto Trident 6.206s
5 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 8.187s
6 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 8.486s
7 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 9.259s
8 Gustav Malja Rapax 10.292s
9 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 14.404s
10 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 15.162s
11 Jordan King Racing Engineering 16.727s
12 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 21.319s
13 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 25.154s
14 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 25.292s
15 Rene Binder Carlin 25.768s
16 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 34.778s
17 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 41.617s
18 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 1 Lap
19 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 3 Laps
- Philo Paz Armand Trident Retirement
- Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing Retirement
- Nabil Jeffri Arden International Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Sergey Sirotkin 113
2 Pierre Gasly 113
3 Raffaele Marciello 102
4 Antonio Giovinazzi 100
5 Oliver Rowland 99
6 Norman Nato 81
7 Jordan King 80
8 Mitch Evans 77
9 Alex Lynn 72
10 Artem Markelov 65
11 Luca Ghiotto 64
12 Nobuharu Matsushita 58
13 Arthur Pic 36
14 Sean Gelael 24
15 Nicholas Latifi 21
16 Marvin Kirchhofer 20
17 Sergio Canamasas 14
18 Gustav Malja 12
19 Jimmy Eriksson 10
20 Daniel de Jong 6
21 Nabil Jeffri 2
22 Rene Binder 0
23 Philo Paz Armand 0

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