Mitch Evans has just completed another impressive outing in the GP2 series, claiming at podium and a win at the Sakhir circuit in Bahrain.
Evans started Fridays feature race in seventh position but quickly moved up to 6th before his pitstop. Evans elected to be one of the first drivers on the medium compound tyre to stop and switch to softs, a strategy that ultimately moved him into second position.
Evans then engaged in a battle with Alex Rossi in the later stages of the race which ended in light contact causing minor damage to Rossi’s wing forcing him to pit. Evans was not out of danger however as Matsushita caught the Kiwi and with six laps to go had managed to keep he (Evans) had kept him out of the DRS zone but a small mistake was enough for the Japanese driver to get by the struggling Kiwi.
Evans would eventually hold his position to finish third.
Saturdays sprint race was starting better than Friday before the race had started as Evans would start a position further up the grid for the 23 lap sprint race.
Once the lights went out however, Evans made a less than ideal start but he was able to avoid the chaotic scenes which greeted him at turn one and jump through to third position after a safety car restart.
” I was at the right place, at the right time. I nearly got hit when Matsushita span. I was really lucky to make it through. And then, I came out third. The luck was on my side which is good.”
Evans, now behind series leader Stoffel Vandoorne, was within striking distance of second but was unable to make the move in the early phase of the battle. Evans took the opportunity on lap seven to dive on the inside of Vandoorne at turn four, moving him into second place.
Evans pace eventually put him within striking distance of Alex Lynn and on lap 13 Evans put at move on the Brit into turn one, however Lynn fought back the position. It wasn’t long before Evans put another move on Lynn on the next lap, this time making it stick.
Once in the lead the flying Kiwi pulled a 3.2s gap to the car behind before taking his second race win of the season by a dominant 1.8s over Vandoorne.
“to beat Stoffel fair and square and also the DAMS feels very special. To do that is amazing. It’s great for the team and also the championship.”
Evans now sits fifth in the standings on 120 points, 12 points behind the fourth placed Haryanto heading into the final round at Yas Marina in Abu Dubai.
“Normally, I quite like this circuit. I’m sure we can be competitive. Hopefully we will qualify a little bit better which I’m sure we can. We just have to work a little bit better on there. I’m really looking forward to it.”