GP2 Hungary: Honda's Nobuharu Matsushita takes maiden win

Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita stormed to his maiden GP2 victory from pole position ahead of ART Grand Prix team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne at the Hungaroring

GP2 Hungary: Honda's Nobuharu Matsushita takes maiden win

Matsushita got a perfect start, leaving the rest of the field behind by Turn 1.

McLaren junior and championship leader Vandoorne had an equally impressive getaway from fourth on the grid to take second.

The two ART drivers disappeared up the road in the early stages and it looked like it was going to be a two horse race before Rapax driver Sergey Sirotkin, who started sixth, put Vandoorne under pressure.

He couldn't find a way past though, despite numerous attempts at Turn 1 with DRS, and had to settle for third, taking his second podium finish of the weekend.

Matsuhita enjoyed a comfortable race out front and was never really challenged for the win.

He controlled the gap to his team-mate and managed his tyres to ensure he took his first win in GP2.

Raffaele Marciello finished a long way off the podium finishers in fourth, having fallen back from a front row grid position at the start.

He was in the fight with Vandoorne and Sirotkin in the early stages but gradually fell back into the clutches of Rio Haryanto.

Norman Nato crossed the line in sixth to complete a climb from 11th on the grid.

The Frenchman had a good start but still had to complete some bold overtakes, most notably on Robert Visoiu, who finished seventh, and feature race winner Alex Lynn who finished behind his DAMS team-mate Pierre Gasly in ninth.

Arthur Pic completed the top 10 from 13th on the grid. The Frenchman passed Sergio Canamasas, who had a spirited drive from last on the grid to finish 16th, at the midway stage of the race for 11th before breezing past Jordan King who was struggling to manage his tyres.

Alexander Rossi had similar issues to his Racing Engineering team-mate and was forced to pit in the closing stages for new tyres, leaving him down in 19th.

RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 28 43m43.229s
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 28 1.961s
3 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 28 2.560s
4 Raffaele Marciello Trident 28 16.243s
5 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 28 17.821s
6 Norman Nato Arden International 28 18.899s
7 Robert Visoiu Rapax 28 19.605s
8 Pierre Gasly DAMS 28 24.504s
9 Alex Lynn DAMS 28 29.572s
10 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 28 30.380s
11 Nathanael Berthon Daiko Team Lazarus 28 39.819s
12 Jordan King Racing Engineering 28 43.666s
13 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 28 46.223s
14 Nicholas Latifi MP Motorsport 28 47.244s
15 Julian Leal Carlin 28 47.869s
16 Sergio Canamasas Hilmer Motorsport 28 50.050s
17 Nick Yelloly Hilmer Motorsport 28 51.211s
18 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 28 1m00.570s
19 Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering 28 1m04.855s
20 Sean Gelael Carlin 28 1m07.304s
21 Andre Negrao Arden International 28 1m10.407s
22 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 28 1m18.968s
23 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 27 1 Lap
24 Rene Binder Trident 27 1 Lap
- Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 16 Retirement

DRIVERS' STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Stoffel Vandoorne 194
2 Rio Haryanto 109
3 Alexander Rossi 105
4 Sergey Sirotkin 103
5 Alex Lynn 85
6 Pierre Gasly 61
7 Raffaele Marciello 58
8 Nobuharu Matsushita 48
9 Mitch Evans 35
10 Jordan King 26
11 Julian Leal 26
12 Sergio Canamasas 23
13 Richie Stanaway 22
14 Arthur Pic 21
15 Nick Yelloly 19
16 Robert Visoiu 18
17 Nathanael Berthon 16
18 Artem Markelov 16
19 Norman Nato 10
20 Oliver Rowland 3
21 Andre Negrao 3
22 Daniel de Jong 1

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