Monza GP2: Mitch Evans snatches win from Arthur Pic on last lap

Mitch Evans snatched victory away from Arthur Pic on the final lap to take his first win of the season in the GP2 sprint race at Monza

Monza GP2: Mitch Evans snatches win from Arthur Pic on last lap

Campos Racing's Pic led the majority of the race after he capitalised on polesitter Jordan King's poor getaway, which was followed by the Racing Engineering driver losing his front wing on the first chicane's kerbs.

Pic held a slim lead over Richie Stanaway in the opening laps before Stanaway's fellow New Zealander Evans dispatched him into the first corner and set about catching the leader.

The Frenchman was pulling away but a brief safety car period undid his hard work.

McLaren protege Stoffel Vandoorne followed Evans through and passed Stanaway with ease, as the top three began to pull clear.

The gap between Evans and Pic remained the same for much of the race until the Russian Time driver stepped up the pace on the penultimate lap.

Evans took his opportunity, with the help of DRS, on the inside into the first chicane on the final lap.

Pic did his best to try to fight back as they went side by side on the rundown to the Roggia chicane, but he couldn't retake the lead and had to settle for second as Evans celebrated a win achieved despite having to start Saturday's race from last after being excluded from qualifying.

Vandoorne increased his already staggering lead in the championship with third place, after title rival Alexander Rossi retired.

The Racing Engineering driver passed Robert Visoiu on the rundown to the Roggia chicane, but the pair made contact and spun, which brought out the safety car.

Sergey Sirotkin had a great comeback drive from the back of the grid to take fifth behind Stanaway.

The Russian was locked in several intense battles with different drivers but kept it clean to finish well clear of Sergio Canamasas.

Ferrari junior Raffaele Marciello also fought his way up from the back of the grid and take sixth, despite running over the kerb at the first chicane in a battle with Artem Markelov.

Rene Binder, Markelov and Julian Leal completed the top 10.

DAMS team-mates Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly recovered their pitlane starts to finish 11th and 13th respectively.

Arden International's Norman Nato, who started third on the grid, retired on the opening lap after an apparent engine blow-up.

RESULTS - 21 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Mitch Evans RUSSIAN TIME 34m17.890s
2 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 0.707s
3 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1.066s
4 Richie Stanaway Status Grand Prix 7.623s
5 Sergey Sirotkin Rapax 8.871s
6 Sergio Canamasas Daiko Team Lazarus 11.895s
7 Raffaele Marciello Trident 12.150s
8 Rene Binder MP Motorsport 13.241s
9 Julian Leal Carlin 14.352s
10 Alex Lynn DAMS 14.502s
11 Rio Haryanto Campos Racing 15.250s
12 Pierre Gasly DAMS 15.672s
13 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident 17.686s
14 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 18.625s
15 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 22.464s
16 Simon Trummer Hilmer Motorsport 23.094s
17 Patric Niederhauser Daiko Team Lazarus 25.186s
18 Andre Negrao Arden International 25.570s
19 Marlon Stockinger Status Grand Prix 26.228s
20 Jann Mardenborough Carlin 35.277s
- Robert Visoiu Rapax Retirement
- Alexander Rossi Racing Engineering Retirement
- Jordan King Racing Engineering Retirement
- Norman Nato Arden International Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Stoffel Vandoorne 261
2 Alexander Rossi 153
3 Sergey Sirotkin 115
4 Rio Haryanto 109
5 Mitch Evans 89
6 Alex Lynn 86
7 Pierre Gasly 65
8 Raffaele Marciello 60
9 Arthur Pic 57
10 Nobuharu Matsushita 48
11 Artem Markelov 47
12 Jordan King 46
13 Richie Stanaway 42
14 Julian Leal 38
15 Sergio Canamasas 27
16 Nathanael Berthon 24
17 Robert Visoiu 20
18 Norman Nato 20
19 Nick Yelloly 19
20 Oliver Rowland 3
21 Andre Negrao 3
22 Rene Binder 2
23 Daniel de Jong 1
24 Gustav Malja 1

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