Monaco GP2: Honda's Matsushita dominates sprint race

Honda protege Nobuharu Matsushita opened GP2 champion team ART Grand Prix's 2016 account by dominating the Monaco sprint race from pole

Monaco GP2: Honda's Matsushita dominates sprint race

Matsushita's front row partner Marvin Kirchhofer inched ahead as they got off the line, but the Japanese driver braked later down the inside into Ste Devote and stayed ahead thereafter.

An early charge pulled him clear of Carlin's GP3 graduate Kirchhofer, and by the end his winning margin was 13.6 seconds.

Kirchhofer fended off Russian Time's Raffaele Marciello for the runner-up spot, with Mitch Evans fourth for Campos.

Alex Lynn kept a train of cars at bay for fifth, finishing with Friday's podium finishers Norman Nato, Oliver Rowland and Artem Markelov on his tail.

In a processional race, only Sergio Canamasas seemed able to make progress up the order - surging past Pierre Gasly, Gustav Malja and Daniel de Jong with a string of bold moves to reach 10th.

Other drivers starting down the order struggled.

Sergey Sirotkin remains on zero points after parking at Casino Square early on, Jordan King was 16th and penalised for a tangle with Philo Paz Armand, and Antonio Giovinazzi spent the race last after stalling on the dummy grid.

SPRINT RACE RESULT

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 30 41m59.392s
2 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 30 13.660s
3 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 30 15.453s
4 Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 30 20.894s
5 Alex Lynn DAMS 30 32.560s
6 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 30 33.038s
7 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 30 33.594s
8 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 30 33.874s
9 Arthur Pic Rapax 30 36.777s
10 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 30 47.646s
11 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 30 54.291s
12 Gustav Malja Rapax 30 55.476s
13 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 30 55.981s
14 Luca Ghiotto Trident 30 56.501s
15 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 30 58.682s
16 Jordan King Racing Engineering 30 1m09.193s
17 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 30 1m17.922s
18 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 30 1m17.997s
- Nicholas Latifi DAMS 13 Retirement
- Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 10 Retirement
- Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 7 Retirement
- Philo Paz Armand Trident 3 Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

Pos Driver Points
1 Norman Nato 49
2 Artem Markelov 48
3 Alex Lynn 41
4 Pierre Gasly 33
5 Raffaele Marciello 28
6 Nobuharu Matsushita 22
7 Oliver Rowland 22
8 Nicholas Latifi 20
9 Marvin Kirchhofer 18
10 Mitch Evans 18
11 Jordan King 16
12 Sergio Canamasas 10
13 Sergey Sirotkin 4
14 Gustav Malja 2
15 Daniel de Jong 2
16 Arthur Pic 1
17 Antonio Giovinazzi 0
18 Luca Ghiotto 0
19 Sean Gelael 0
20 Jimmy Eriksson 0
21 Philo Paz Armand 0
22 Nabil Jeffri 0

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