Sochi GP2: Marco Sorensen beats Stoffel Vandoorne to victory for MP

Marco Sorensen scored his first-ever GP2 Series victory at Sochi in Russia on Sunday, keeping his cool despite a late-race safety car

Sochi GP2: Marco Sorensen beats Stoffel Vandoorne to victory for MP

Making only his 12th start in the series after joining MP Motorsport mid-season, Sorensen made a great start from reversed-grid pole position, which he inherited from the penalised Julian Leal after they clashed in Saturday's feature race.

ART's Vandoorne grabbed second, but straightlined Turn 3, and felt compelled to give a position back to front row starter Sergio Canamasas to avoid the same penalty that Felipe Nasr was given on Saturday.

Vandoorne tracked Canamasas's every move over the first 12 laps, but didn't have the straightline speed to line up a move into Turn 2.

Canamasas was then forced to retire on lap 13 with a mechanical failure on his Trident car, which promoted Vandoorne to the runner-up spot.

Mitch Evans inherited third for the Russian Time team, after Leal was again penalised, this time for leaving the track and gaining an advantage at Turn 2 on the opening lap after a rocket-like start had promoted him from ninth to fourth.

Despite the late safety car, which led to a two-lap dash to the finish, Vandoorne could do nothing to challenge Sorensen.

But the safety car, which was called out to retrieve Raffaele Marciello's car that had hit the wall after contact with Artem Markelov had given him a puncture, proved costly for Evans.

He lost a podium spot at the restart as Nasr, who started way back in 17th, charged past him with a great move through the opening corners.

Behind Evans, Arthur Pic claimed fifth, ahead of Andre Negrao, Kimiya Sato and Stefano Coletti, who finished eighth from 25th on the grid.

New champion Jolyon Palmer also mounted a superb recovery drive after he was punted into a half spin at the second corner. He charged through to 10th from last place.

RESULTS - 21 LAPS:

Pos Driver Team Gap
1 Marco Sorensen MP Motorsport 40m19.905s
2 Stoffel Vandoorne ART Grand Prix 1.302s
3 Felipe Nasr Carlin 1.969s
4 Mitch Evans RT RUSSIAN TIME 3.282s
5 Arthur Pic Campos Racing 4.109s
6 Andre Negrao Arden International 5.841s
7 Kimiya Sato Campos Racing 7.143s
8 Stefano Coletti Racing Engineering 9.027s
9 Nathanael Berthon Venezuela GP Lazarus 11.038s
10 Jolyon Palmer DAMS 11.582s
11 Pierre Gasly Caterham Racing 12.310s
12 Artem Markelov RT RUSSIAN TIME 13.221s
13 Daniel Abt Hilmer Motorsport 13.771s
14 Tio Ellinas Rapax 14.443s
15 Rio Haryanto Caterham Racing 14.744s
16 Jon Lancaster Hilmer Motorsport 15.173s
17 Julian Leal Carlin 15.502s
18 Stephane Richelmi DAMS 15.944s
19 Daniel de Jong MP Motorsport 16.589s
20 Sergio Campana Venezuela GP Lazarus 18.454s
21 Simon Trummer Rapax 26.281s
22 Takuya Izawa ART Grand Prix 38.669s
23 Johnny Cecotto Jr. Trident 2 Laps
- Raffaele Marciello Racing Engineering Retirement
- Sergio Canamasas Trident Retirement
- Rene Binder Arden International Retirement

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER 20 OF 22 ROUNDS:

Pos Driver Points
1 Jolyon Palmer 256
2 Felipe Nasr 200
3 Stoffel Vandoorne 192
4 Mitch Evans 151
5 Johnny Cecotto Jr. 128
6 Stefano Coletti 115
7 Arthur Pic 110
8 Raffaele Marciello 72
9 Julian Leal 68
10 Stephane Richelmi 63
11 Marco Sorensen 47
12 Andre Negrao 31
13 Adrian Quaife-Hobbs 30
14 Sergio Canamasas 28
15 Daniel Abt 27
16 Simon Trummer 26
17 Rio Haryanto 26
18 Takuya Izawa 26
19 Tom Dillmann 18
20 Nathanael Berthon 17
21 Alexander Rossi 12
22 Tio Ellinas 7
23 Jon Lancaster 6
24 Artem Markelov 6
25 Rene Binder 3
26 Conor Daly 2
27 Kimiya Sato 2
28 Daniel de Jong 1
29 Pierre Gasly 0
30 Sergio Campana 0
31 Facu Regalia 0
32 Axcil Jefferies 0

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