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Evans finishes fourth in GP2 sprint

NZN 29/05/2016

New Zealand driver Mitch Evans grabbed his second top-five GP2 finish in as many days, taking fourth in the sprint race in Monaco.

Japanese driver Nobuharu Matsushita claimed his first win of the season with a stunning display of power and precision, leading from start to finish.

Matsushita (ART Grand Prix) set up the win from pole position, controlling the 30-lap race from the first corner to finish in 41min 59.392sec, more than 13sec ahead of second-placed Marvin Kirchhofer (Carlin) and Raffaele Marciello (Russian Time).

Evans was over 20sec astray in fourth place.

He had earlier finished fifth in the feature race, 11.723sec behind race winner Artem Markelov in the reduced 40-lap race around the tight 3.3km circuit through the streets of Monaco.

The 21-year-old Kiwi, driving for Spanish team Campos Racing, made a subdued start to the 11-race GP2 series in Barcelona two weeks ago, finishing 12th in the feature event and 14th in the shorter sprint race.

He sits 10th in the overall standings with 18 points after two events in the 11-meeting series.

Frenchman Norman Nato (Racing Engineering) tops the points table with 49, one point ahead of Artem Markelov (Russian Time).

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