RUSSIAN TIME driver victorious at Bahrain International Circuit
Mitch Evans took his second win of the 2015 season in today’s sprint race at Bahrain International Circuit. From P6 on the grid, the RUSSIAN TIME ace was able to move up to the front of the field thanks to a mature drive. He crossed the finish line ahead of Stoffel Vandoorne and Alex Lynn.
When the lights went off, Lynn made a perfect start from reverse pole to lead the rest of the pack into Turn 1. Nobuharu Matsushita had a strong getaway from P7 on the grid and was able to move up to second, but he made light contact with Rio Haryanto into the first corner which sent the Japanese driver into a spin and an early retirement. Haryanto couldn’t make the turn and went wide along with Pierre Gasly. Lynn was then leading from Vandoorne (who also made a lightning start from P8) and Evans.
There was drama further down the pack as Oliver Rowland hit the back of Rene Binder’s car and got airborne. The safety car was deployed. At the re-start, Lynn remained in control and tried to build a gap whilst Evans closed in on Vandoorne and eventually passed him on lap 7. The Kiwi’s pace enabled him to reduce the gap to Lynn quickly, and after a couple of attempts, he found a way past the Briton into Turn 1 on lap 13. The DAMS driver however fought back and reclaimed his position. A lap later, Evans tried again and this time made it stick.
Once into the lead, the Russian Time ace pulled away easily. Vandoorne who had been careful on his tyres until then, put his head down and overtook Lynn for P2. Evans was 3.2s away and he maintained a comfortable gap to Vandoorne until the chequered flag: when it dropped he enjoyed a well-deserved second win this season, 1.8s ahead of Vandoorne. Lynn had to settle for third. Sergey Sirotkin finished fourth ahead of Raffaele Marciello, Jordan King, Gasly and Artem Markelov.
Heading to the final round of the season next week at Yas Marina Circuit, Vandoorne has extended his lead further with 316.5 points whilst Alexander Rossi leaves Bahrain without having added a single point to his tally of 169.5. Sirotkin has moved up to third in the standings on 139 points ahead of Rio Haryanto on 132. Evans is now fifth in the standings on 120 points.
Sakhir– Sprint Race
Driver
Team
1.
Mitch Evans
RUSSIAN TIME
2.
Stoffel Vandoorne
ART Grand Prix
3.
Alex Lynn
DAMS
4.
Sergey Sirotkin
Rapax
5.
Raffaele Marciello
Trident
6.
Jordan King
Racing Engineering
7.
Pierre Gasly
DAMS
8.
Artem Markelov
RUSSIAN TIME
9.
Alexander Rossi
Racing Engineering
10.
Norman Nato
Arden International
11.
Nicholas Latifi
MP Motorsport
12.
Dean Stoneman
Carlin
13.
Gustav Malja
Rapax
14.
Daniiel De Jong
Trident
15.
Sean Gelael
Carlin
16.
Arthur Pic
Campos Racing
17.
Sergio Canamasas
Daiko Team Lazarus
18.
Rio Haryanto
Campos Racing
19.
Marlon Stockinger
Status Grand Prix
20.
André Negrao
Arden International
Fastest Lap: Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) : 1 :43.817 on lap 20
 
Not Classified
Nathanaël Berthon
Daiko Team Lazarus
Rene Binder
MP Motorsport
Nobuharu Matsushita
ART Grand Prix
Oliver Rowland
Status Grand Prix