Evans bounces back with GP2 points finish

The bitter disappointment of running wide into the first corner and losing the lead of the Saturday Feature race were set aside as Evans displayed good speed and fine judgement.

"It was a positive result because I did a lot of passing,ā€ said Evans. "I got a good launch off the line and had made up a few places but then I got boxed in at the first corner. I was hung out wide at the second corner so I was 16that the end of the opening lap.ā€

Evans then began a recovery that saw him work steadily up through the field and finish 34.75 seconds behind the winner. He had the benefit of a fresh set of the medium compound tyres and used them to his advantage.

"It was a bit tight at times and I had to judge when to push hard. It felt good to be back in the points and Iā€™m now looking forward to the race in Hungary in three weeks.ā€

British driver Jon Lancaster scored a second successive GP2 sprint race victory on Sunday morning, holding off a challenge from countryman James Calado.

Lancaster charged into the lead from the start, controlling a lock-up into the first corner and then extending a 3.2 second lead before the safety car was required to recover Stephane Richelmi's stranded car.

At the restart Lancaster's Hilmer car pulled away again, while poleman Tom Dillmann held up a big queue of cars as he was forced to start on older tyres.Calado took a couple of laps to pass Dillmann, doing so with a bold lunge, with Fabio Leimer also passing him also on the exit.

Robin Frijns passed Felipe Nasr for seventh, but his move on Sam Bird a lap later ended in a spin. With Dillmann retiring with gearbox problems, it was Ericsson's turn to struggle on older tyres with a queue of cars behind him.

Nasr passed Bird on lap 20, and eased past Ercisson a lap later for fourth. He chased down Leimer, but failed to get the last place on the podium by 1.7s. Johnny Cecotto clashed with Bird at Turn 4, but came through to finish fifth, ahead of Alexander Rossi, Mitch Evans and Bird.