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Points paying position goes begging at Silverstone for Evans

Mitch Evans struggled in the final race of the GP2 Series at Silverstone, dropping from fifth on the grid to finish 13th in a race of tyre conservation. 

 

Evans made a poor start off the line and dropped to seventh on the run down to turn one. Evans began to hound Antonio Giovinazzi, making an impressive pass for sixth around the outside at turn six.

 

Evans was sixth by the end of lap one but was immediately back under pressure from Giovinazzi. However, fifth placed Luca Ghiotto was also receiving pressure from Evans as he looked to make his way through for a top-five.

 

Giovinazzi kept pressuring Evans, and on lap three the Italian looked to have passed the Kiwi for sixth at turn four. But Evans held on for the position, despite Giovinazzi’s best attempts.

 

Fifth placed Ghiotte eked out the gap between he and Evans, holding a seven tenths gap to the Campos racer.

 

By lap seven Evans was under pressure from Giovinazzi as the Kiwi fell out of DRS range. The Italian passed Evans around the outside at turn six, dropping to sixth. He continued to struggle and fell into the clutches of Raffaele Marciello.

 

Driving for Evans’ former Russian Time team, Marciello diced with Evans on lap nine nearly making a move at the penultimate corner to take seventh off the Campos Racing driver.

 

Evans got a reprieve as race one winner Pierre Gasly began to hound the back of Marciello, allowing Evans to slightly ease the gap out.

 

Sixth placed Norman Nato began to fade midway through the race, allowing Evans to latch onto the back of the Racing Engineering car. But the advantage swayed as Nato’s pace came back to Frenchman.

 

Evans led a train of racers, and with only five laps to go it was much a case of holding off Marciello to take a small points paying position.

 

But Marciello swept around Evans with three laps to go at the overtaking hot spot turn six. Evans continued to struggle as Gasly looked to use the DRS advantage.

 

As rain began to drop on the Silverstone circuit, Nato spun from sixth. But the advantage for Evans was negated as Gasly passed him. Marvin Kirchhoffer took another place of the New Zealander who sat ninth with a lap to go.

 

Evans looked to make it back past Kirchhoffer but instead capitulated on the final lap and dropped to 13th.

 

At the head of the field Jordan King held on to take victory from a hard charging Ghiotto.

 

Photo: Campos Racing

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