Motorsport: Evans wins GP2 race at German Grand Prix

Kiwi driver Mitch Evans, centre, after winning the GP2 feature race at the German Grand Prix. Photo / GP2 Media
Kiwi driver Mitch Evans, centre, after winning the GP2 feature race at the German Grand Prix. Photo / GP2 Media

Kiwi driver Mitch Evans pulled off a stunning win in the GP2 feature race at Hockenheim in Germany overnight.

The Aucklander bounced back from a frustrating qualifying performance to rocket through the field and into the lead from a lowly 15th place on the 26-car grid.

The 38-lap course was run in sweltering conditions at the German Grand Prix weekend, but Evans' Russian Time team executed a flawless race strategy to manage their tyre wear and see Evans slice through the field.

"I can't believe it. This is pretty special," said Evans.

"At the start I was hoping for a top eight finish which would have given me pole position for the sprint race. With six laps to go I thought I could hold on for a podium. The car was awesome but I wasn't expecting to win. This is mega."

The 20-year-old Kiwi - one of the youngest drivers in GP2 - kept his cool under pressure to cross the line just 0.4 second from McLaren F1 test driver Stoffel Vandoorne, with Jolyon Palmera taking third place.

The result is a continuation of good form for Evans, who claimed his first GP2 win at the British Grand Prix two weeks ago.

The two victories have helped put Evans into fourth place overall in the GP2 standings.

The race at Hockenheim was the 200th since the Formula 1 feeder series began ten years ago.

Evans will start on the outside of the fourth row for tonight's sprint race, in which the top eight feature-race finishers line up in reverse order.

The race is due to start at 8.30pm (NZT).

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