Rio Haryanto clinched the maiden victory of his GP2 career in the sprint race of the season-opening round held today in support of this weekend’s Formula One Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.
GP2 Series - Sprint Race
The Indonesian was first to the chequered flag in his Campos Racing challenger after completing the 23-lap event in 41mins 35.490secs.
He was then able to secure his win with a mature drive the rest of the way, while enjoying a 3.004secs gap ahead of runner-up and top title contender Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne by the end who came up short in his attempt to complete a fine double.
Frenchman Nathanael Berthon of Lazarus completed the podium placers, crossing the finish line 5.639s off the leader’s pace.
Alexander Rossi of Racing Engineering, Julian Leal of Carlin and Nobuharu Matsushita of ART Grand Prix rounded out the top six.
Vandoorne leaves the first round in Bahrain as the drivers’ championship leader with 43 points. Haryanto is second with 33 markers.
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge
Algosaibi spent nine of the race’s 10 laps trailing leader Sheikh Hasher Al Maktoum, but then found an opportunity on the final lap to go ahead. He took full advantage of it, powering to a fine victory in a total race time of 21mins 15.443secs.
Saeed Almehairi was a close runner-up finishing just 0.753s behind, while Sheikh Hasher had to settle for third place as he completed the race 1.315s off the winning mark.
Defending champion Zaid Ashkanani finished fourth 1.787s back, while title favourite Clemens Schmid was fifth 2.152s behind. Race one winner Bandar Alesayi came sixth as he was 4.588s adrift.
Team Bahrain driver Raed Raffii was classified ninth overall, while teammate Shaikh Jaber bin Ali Al Khalifa was 13th of 15 starters.
The two GT3 Cup races supporting the Grand Prix marked the end of the season.