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Flag of Malaysia 2016 Kuala Lumpur Sprint Race
Sepang International Circuit 2015
The Sepang International Circuit with added DRS.
Race Information
Date 2 October 2016
Event Flag of Malaysia 2016 Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Flag of Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Sepang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Lap length 5.543 km (3.444 mi)
Distance 22 laps / 121.946 km (75.774 mi)
Qualifying Result
Pole Sitter {{{{{natp}}}}} Unknown
Team {{{{{natpt}}}}} Unknown
Time Unknown
Fastest Lap
Driver Flag of France Pierre Gasly
Team Flag of Italy Prema Racing
Time 1:45.813 on lap 18
Race Result
First Second Third
Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of France Pierre Gasly
Winner Team Flag of Italy Trident
Time 0:40:22.211
Race Guide
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2016 Sepang Feature Race 2016 Yas Marina Feature Race

The 2016 Kuala Lumpur Race 2, otherwise known as the 2016 Sepang Sprint Race, was the twentieth race of the 2016 FIA GP2 Series, staged at the Sepang International Circuit near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on the 2 October 2016.[1] Held in support of the 2016 Malaysia Grand Prix, the race would see Luca Ghiotto sweep to his maiden victory after an early fight with Mitch Evans.[2]

Evans would start the race from pole with Ghiotto alongside, with the pair duly going toe-to-toe into the first corner.[2] Ultimately it was Ghiotto who won out, easing ahead of the Kiwi through turn two to snatch the lead, while Raffaele Marciello watched on from third.[2]

Norman Nato was an early casualty in the opening stages, spinning out of the race after an optimistic dive on teammate Jordan King.[2] The safety car was required to remove the Frenchman's stranded car, before Ghiotto aced the restart to leave Evans fending off Marciello.[2]

Those two would continue to fight for second, although they would not prove to be the centre of attention as the race developed.[2] Instead it was the two Premas who drew the eye, with title protagonists Pierre Gasly and Antonio Giovinazzi scything through the field.[2]

Indeed, the pair would charge through to third and fourth before duelling in the final stages, passing Evans as the Kiwi's tyres faded badly mid-race.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Ghiotto would keep Marciello at arms length, although the latter Italian would start the final lap within striking distance.[2]

Ultimately, however, Marciello would not force his way past his compatriot, meaning Ghiotto duly claimed his first ever GP2 victory.[2] Behind, it was Gasly who won the Prema civil war, although he only managed to cut into teammate Giovinazzi's Championship lead by two points as a result.[2]

Background

There were no changes made to the Sepang International Circuit overnight after the Feature, with the DRS zones deemed adequate after their debut on Saturday.[1] Likewise, there were no changes to the grid, meaning Mitch Evans would start from pole as expected, while Jimmy Eriksson was no where to be seen.[3]

Into the Championship and victory in the Feature had propelled Antonio Giovinazzi to the head of the field with three races to go, overtaking teammate Pierre Gasly. Indeed, a ten point advantage for the latter had been converted into an eleven point lead for the former after the first race in Sepang, with a huge gap back to pack behind. Furthermore, with 65 points left in play it was now effectively a two-horse race for the title, with Raffaele Marciello 32 points off Gasly.

In contrast it was all over in the Teams' Championship, with Prema Racing moving 123 points clear of their pursuers, with just 107 left to fight for after the Feature. That left Racing Engineering and Russian Time to fight for second, with eighteen points between the Spaniards in second and the Russian squad in third. They were still mathematically fighting ART Grand Prix for the runner-up spot, while DAMS were realistically too far back to challenge.

Entry List

The full entry list for the 2016 Sepang Sprint Race is displayed below:

2016 Sepang Sprint Race Entry List
No. Name Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine
1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
12 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International Dallara GP2/11 Mecachrome V8108 4.0 V8
Source:[4]

Grid

The grid for the second GP2 Series race of the Malaysian weekend was arranged according to the results of the Feature Race, with the top eight finishers reversed as per-FIA GP2 Series rules:

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
______________ 1
2 Mitch Evans
Luca Ghiotto ______________
______________ 3
4 Raffaele Marciello
Jordan King ______________
______________ 5
6 Alex Lynn
Norman Nato ______________
______________ 7
8 Sergey Sirotkin
Antonio Giovinazzi ______________
______________ 9
10 Gustav Malja
Sergio Canamasas ______________
______________ 11
12 Pierre Gasly
Oliver Rowland ______________
______________ 13
14 Johnny Cecotto, Jr.
Nicholas Latifi ______________
______________ 15
16 Marvin Kirchhöfer
Sean Gelael ______________
______________ 17
18 Daniël de Jong
Nabil Jeffri ______________
______________ 19
20 Philo Paz Armand
Nobuharu Matsushita ______________
______________ 21
22 Artem Markelov
______________

Race

Report

Results

The final classification of the 2016 Sepang Sprint Race is displayed below:

2016 Sepang Sprint Race Race Result
Pos. No. Name Team Laps Race Time Fastest lap Pts.
1st 15 Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto Flag of Italy Trident 22 0:40:22.211 1:46.686 15
2nd 9 Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello Flag of Russia Russian Time 22 +0.694s 1:46.530 12
3rd 21 Flag of France Pierre Gasly Flag of Italy Prema Racing 22 +4.786s 1:45.813 12
4th 20 Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Flag of Italy Prema Racing 22 +5.402s 1:46.208 8
5th 11 Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja Flag of Italy Rapax 22 +9.693s 1:46.635 6
6th 7 Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 22 +13.333s 1:46.863 4
7th 1 Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita Flag of France ART Grand Prix 22 +13.997s 1:45.986 2
8th 22 Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 22 +15.893s 1:46.739 1
9th 12 Flag of Venezuela Johnny Cecotto, Jr. Flag of Italy Rapax 22 +17.623s 1:46.830
10th 6 Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi Flag of France DAMS 22 +24.245s 1:46.918
11th 19 Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 22 +25.837s 1:46.864
12th 5 Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn Flag of France DAMS 22 +27.198s 1:46.749
13th 10 Flag of Russia Artem Markelov Flag of Russia Russian Time 22 +29.287s 1:46.491
14th 4 Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 22 +1:12.416 1:45.637
15th* 18 Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 22 +1:26.372 1:45.066
Ret 14 Flag of Indonesia Philo Paz Armand Flag of Italy Trident 18 Retired 1:47.857
Ret 24 Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 18 Retired 1:47.774
NC 2 Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin Flag of France ART Grand Prix 13 +9 Laps 1:51.955
Ret 8 Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael Flag of Spain Pertamina Campos Racing 7 Retired 1:47.671
Ret 3 Flag of France Norman Nato Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 1 Accident
Ret 23 Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 0 Accident
WD 25 Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International
Source:[4]
  • Italics indicate that a driver set fastest lap.
  • * Canamasas set the fastest lap of the race, but was ineligible to score points as he failed to finish in the top ten.[4]
  • Sirotkin could not be classified as he failed to complete 90% of the race distance.[4]

Milestones

Standings

With one round and two races to go it was Antonio Giovinazzi who led the title fight, just seven points ahead of teammate Pierre Gasly. Those two were the only drivers capable of taking the crown at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, with Giovinazzi capable of taking the title in the first race. Behind, Raffaele Marciello was set for third, although he would have fend off Sergey Sirotkin to do so.

Prema Racing had been declared as Teams' Champions in the Sepang Feature, meaning all of the attention in Yas Marina would be on the fight for second. Indeed, Racing Engineering and Russian Time were separated by just six points heading to Abu Dhabi, with a maximum of 78 points left in play. ART Grand Prix were therefore still mathematically in the fight, while Arden International were set to claim the wooden spoon at the foot of the table.

 
2016 Drivers' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 197 ◄0
2nd Flag of France Pierre Gasly 190 ◄0
3rd Flag of Italy Raffaele Marciello 158 ◄0
4th Flag of Russia Sergey Sirotkin 135 ◄0
5th Flag of the United Kingdom Jordan King 122 ◄0
6th Flag of France Norman Nato 122 ◄0
7th Flag of Italy Luca Ghiotto 111 ▲2
8th Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Rowland 107 ▼1
9th Flag of the United Kingdom Alex Lynn 105 ▼1
10th Flag of New Zealand Mitch Evans 89 ◄0
11th Flag of Russia Artem Markelov 80 ◄0
12th Flag of Japan Nobuharu Matsushita 64 ◄0
13th Flag of Sweden Gustav Malja 53 ◄0
14th Flag of France Arthur Pic 36 ◄0
15th Flag of Indonesia Sean Gelael 24 ◄0
16th Flag of Germany Marvin Kirchhöfer 21 ◄0
17th Flag of Canada.svg Nicholas Latifi 21 ◄0
18th Flag of Spain Sergio Canamasas 17 ◄0
19th Flag of Sweden Jimmy Eriksson 10 ◄0
20th Flag of the Netherlands Daniël de Jong 6 ◄0
21st Flag of Malaysia Nabil Jeffri 2 ◄0
2016 Teams' Championship
Pos. Name Pts. +/-
1st Flag of Italy Prema Racing 387 ◄0
2nd Flag of Spain Racing Engineering 244 ◄0
3rd Flag of Russia Russian Time 238 ◄0
4th Flag of France ART Grand Prix 199 ◄0
5th Flag of France DAMS 126 ◄0
6th Flag of Spain Campos Racing 113 ▲1
7th Flag of the Netherlands MP Motorsport 113 ▼1
8th Flag of Italy Trident 112 ◄0
9th Flag of Italy Rapax 89 ◄0
10th Flag of the United Kingdom Carlin 37 ◄0
11th Flag of the United Kingdom Arden International 12 ◄0

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

References

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 'GP2 confirms 11-race calendar for 2016', f1destinations.com, (F1 Destinations, 04/03/2016), https://f1destinations.com/gp2-series-2016-calendar/, (Accessed 10/10/2018)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 Archived, 'GHIOTTO CLAIMS MAIDEN GP2 WIN IN SEPANG', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 02/10/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161003220620/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/10_October/Ghiotto-claims-maiden-GP2-win-in-Sepang/, (Accessed 25/10/2018) - Original
  3. Archived, 'GIOVINAZZI GLOWS IN SEPANG', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 01/10/2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161002124844/http://www.gp2series.com/News-Room/News/2016/10_October/Giovinazzi-glows-in-Sepang/, (Accessed 25/10/2018) - Original
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Archived, 'GP2 Series 2016 Results: Autodromo Nazionale Monza', gp2series.com, (GP2 Series, 2016), https://web.archive.org/web/20161122074016/http://www.gp2series.com:80/Results/?raceid=970&seasonid=173, (Accessed 25/10/2018) - Original

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