Mitch Evans boasts big Silverstone points haul
Kiwi driver Mitch Evans was the top point scorer in the GP2 series at the British Grand Prix after a seventh place in Sunday night's sprint race.
Following his impressive maiden win in yesterday's 29-lap feature race at Silverstone, the 20-year-old Aucklander was on the attack again from the outset.
Evans lined up eighth with the 'reverse top eight' grid format for the shorter 21-lap race and almost pulled off a bold play for fourth place on the first lap.
But his thwarted attempt allowed series leader Jolyon Palmer to get ahead.
"I got a good start and was challenging [Stephane] Richelmi and [Julian] Leal down the inside by the Brooklands corner but we were three wide and I had to back out of it," the Kiwi said.
That frantic opening lap ended with Evans behind pole sitter Richelmi and he spent the rest of the race fighting him for sixth place.
At the finish line, Evans shadowed Richelmi by a mere 0.4 second, the pair crossing the line within 13 seconds of race winner Felipe Nasr.
"We had decent pace and once the tyres came up to temperature I was able to have a couple of good nibbles at Richelmi. It was good to be in the points again and come out as top scorer for the weekend," Evans said.
"With the win on Saturday (UK time) it was a satisfying weekend because we are on the pace approaching the halfway point of the season, in two weeks time at Hockenheim."
Evans collected 29 points from the two Silverstone races. Palmer and Stefano Coletti were next best, scoring 26 points respectively.
Heading into Silverstone in eighth place in the championship standings, Evans has climbed to fourth overall after a strong weekend.
"I'm looking forward to some more good weekends because we are now looking at regular top three finishes," he said.
"I won at Hockenheim in GP3 so I want to keep this momentum going at our next races."