Richie Stanaway holds on for GP2 victory while Brendon Hartley wins again in WEC
There was double delight for New Zealand motorsport at the weekend with Richie Stanaway and Brendon Hartley both registering victories in their respective competitions.
In action in the GP2 series in Russia, Stanaway survived a late attack from Indonesia’s Rio Haryanto to take the chequered flag in the sprint race and add to the win he picked up in Monaco earlier this year.
The victory was set up at the start when the 23-year-old made a great getaway from second on the grid past Arthur Pic. The Frenchman fought back but couldn’t match Stanaway and Haryanto, who constantly pressured his rival until a safety car period allowed the Kiwi to seal the result.
Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne came in fourth to wrap up the drivers’ title but with two rounds left in the season, Stanaway is looking to finish with a flourish.
“I’d love to get a feature race podium,” Stanaway, who was seventh in race one, said. “Both our wins have been in sprint races, but I think we have the performance to get a feature race podium. We just need to have everything to go right.
“If we get everything right on a Friday, we can have the performance in a feature race to finish on the podium.”
Fellow Kiwi Mitch Evans came home eighth in the sprint race to go with his 11th-place finish in race one.
The series next heads to Bahrain on November 19.
Meanwhile, there was more success for Hartley as his Porsche 919 Hybrid team took out the sixth round of the World Endurance Championship at a wet Fuji Speedway.
Hartley, alongside team-mates Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard, claimed a third consecutive WEC victory to emerge as the new championship leaders by one point ahead of Audi trio Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler.
They will look to extend their lead when the next round takes place in Shanghai on October 31.