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Evans storms through for GP2 win

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/07/2016

Mitch Evans © Sandra Mu/Getty Images Mitch Evans New Zealand driver Mitch Evans has stormed through from 10th on the grid to win a dramatic GP2 feature race in Austria.

It's Evans's fifth career win, and his first for new team Pertamina Campos Racing.

The 22-year-old Kiwi didn't manage the smoothest of starts, losing three spots before starting his charge back up the grid.

The race had begun in dry conditions, but rain wasn't long in arriving, making for chaotic driving for much of the 40-lap race.

Evans survived to head home teammate Sean Gelael in a finish which changed the overall standings significantly.

Raffaele Marciello heads the field with 58 points for his Russian Time team ahead of PREMA Racing's Norman Nato on 55.

Evans, who had started the day 10th overall with 28 points, now sits third on 55 after four events in the 11-meeting series.

The Kiwi described the race as "bizarre", and was expecting the worst when it started to rain.

"I thought it was going to be a complete disaster as I thought we were going to do two pit stops and lose over 30 seconds," he said.

"Fortunately, it only rained on half of the track which saved us."

Evans said the result was testament to the hard work his team had put in after a low-key start to the season.

"The cars today were faultless. Whether we were lucky today with the weather, I don't know. Hopefully we can continue this form for the rest of the season."

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