Artem Markelov’s brave bid for his first GP2 victory came to an end at half distance in Sunday’s 28-lap reverse grid race at the spectacular Red Bull Ring. Starting fourth after his fine fifth place in Saturday’s feature race, Markelov judged the braking point for the first corner to perfection and emerged in second place.
Twenty-year-old Russian Artem Markelov drove the race of his short GP2 career when he finished a fine fifth in the Austrian feature race at the Red Bull Ring. Team mate Mitch Evans also finished in the top 10 with the second Russian Time car.
Kiwi Mitch Evans (1:14.861) will start the Red Bull Ring feature GP2 race from 10th on the grid after a difficult qualifying session around the 4.326km circuit set amid stunning scenery in Austria’s Styrian mountains. Russian team mate Artem Markelov (1:14.978), was just over a tenth of a second slower, and will start 15th. Although Evans’ lap was actually 11th quickest on the official time sheet, eighth-placed Jordan King will serve a three-place grid penalty incurred in Monaco.