Monza GP2: Norman Nato claims first win since Barcelona opener

Norman Nato claimed his first GP2 win since the Barcelona season-opener in May in the Monza sprint race

Monza GP2: Norman Nato claims first win since Barcelona opener

Pierre Gasly added a little to his championship lead by battling through to second ahead of Prema team-mate and title rival Antonio Giovinazzi.

Racing Engineering team-mates Nato and Jordan King had burst through to first and second in a busy start, as reverse grid polesitter Mitch Evans got away slowly and then banged wheels with Luca Ghiotto on the charge from the line.

Oliver Rowland then ran into the back of Ghiotto into the Roggia chicane, ending the Italian's race, with Evans taken out at the same moment as Gustav Malja clattered over the inside kerb and into him. Giovinazzi picked up wing damage from Malja in the same mess.

While Nato controlled the race from there, King began to lose pace.

Gasly had emerged from the first corner in third and overtook King for second approaching half-distance - the pair running wheel to wheel from the entry to the first chicane, through the Curva Grande and into the Roggia before Gasly could make the move stick.

Nato was three seconds clear by then and Gasly had no answer for him, finishing 4.3s behind his countryman.

Giovinazzi passed Malja and King to secure third, with Malja fourth on the road but down to ninth in the results when a 10s penalty for taking out Evans was applied.

Artem Markelov overtook Alex Lynn and Nobuharu Matsushita to claim fifth, with Lynn pipping Matsushita for sixth in a photo finish after a last-lap Parabolica move.

Rowland was also penalised for the first lap tangles, dropping him to 11th behind Nicolas Latifi, Malja and Marvin Kirchhofer.

Saturday runner-up Raffaele Marciello couldn't get his car off the dummy grid and had to start from the pitlane, joining Arthur Pic, who was penalised for sending Sergio Canamasas into a roll in race one.

Pic did best in the battle through the traffic, reaching 12th while Marciello was 15th.

Sergey Sirotkin's title hopes now look remote after he had to park his ART car with a gearbox failure early on.

NEWS UPDATE: VSC penalties for Markelov and Latifi

RACE TWO RESULTS

Pos Driver Team Laps Gap
1 Norman Nato Racing Engineering 21 33m51.821s
2 Pierre Gasly Prema Racing 21 4.312s
3 Antonio Giovinazzi Prema Racing 21 8.495s
4 Jordan King Racing Engineering 21 12.775s
5 Alex Lynn DAMS 21 13.576s
6 Nobuharu Matsushita ART Grand Prix 21 13.586s
7 Gustav Malja Rapax 21 21.526s
8 Marvin Kirchhofer Carlin 21 22.566s
9 Oliver Rowland MP Motorsport 21 29.225s
10 Artem Markelov RUSSIAN TIME 21 32.813s
11 Arthur Pic Rapax 21 34.192s
12 Nabil Jeffri Arden International 21 34.194s
13 Sergio Canamasas Carlin 21 36.845s
14 Raffaele Marciello RUSSIAN TIME 21 40.665s
15 Nicholas Latifi DAMS 21 41.503s
16 Sean Gelael Pertamina Campos Racing 21 44.059s
17 Philo Paz Armand Trident 21 48.628s
18 Jimmy Eriksson Arden International 20 1 Lap
19 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 20 1 Lap
- Sergey Sirotkin ART Grand Prix 6 Retirement
- Mitch Evans Pertamina Campos Racing 0 Collision
- Luca Ghiotto Trident 0 Collision

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Pierre Gasly 174
2 Antonio Giovinazzi 164
3 Raffaele Marciello 138
4 Sergey Sirotkin 115
5 Jordan King 112
6 Norman Nato 107
7 Oliver Rowland 106
8 Alex Lynn 93
9 Luca Ghiotto 90
10 Mitch Evans 81
11 Artem Markelov 80
12 Nobuharu Matsushita 62
13 Gustav Malja 45
14 Arthur Pic 36
15 Sean Gelael 24
16 Marvin Kirchhofer 21
17 Nicholas Latifi 21
18 Sergio Canamasas 16
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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