Marussia Carlin driver Max Chilton has picked up further championship points following a close fought GP2 Series Feature Race at the Autodromo di Monza this afternoon. Starting on pole Chilton made a brilliant start and defended well into the first corner however after leading the first few laps he lost position – coming home in fourth position. Team mate Rio Haryanto’s race was also difficult with a slow start and traffic seeing him cross the line in 19th.

After a brilliant qualifying session yesterday which saw Carlin claim their third consecutive pole position of the season Chilton lined up at the front of the grid ready to lead the pack away. Off the line he was quick into the first corner moving to the right of the track to cover the fast-starting Davide Valsecchi. With Luca Filippi also having a quick start the battle into the first corner went to Chilton after the Italian cut the chicane after missing his braking point.

Haryanto meanwhile suffered different fortunes with a slow getaway leaving him down the field and unable to make the positions back and was lying 17th by the end of the first lap.
Meanwhile at the front Chilton was holding the gap to Filippi well however the Coloni driver pitted which Chilton covered one lap later. A quick pit stop from the Carlin mechanics brought him out ahead of Filippi allowing him to rebuild a gap.

Although Haryanto’s pit stop was also quick he was held in his box to allow passing traffic by, unfortunately losing further positions upon rejoining the track.

A fast approaching Filippi had caught Chilton and made a way past leaving the British racer in seventh with a few drivers ahead still to take to the pits. Despite looking quick in the subsequent laps he started to come under pressure from both Johnny Cecotto and Marcus Ericsson and although he fought well, Chilton dropped to fourth place – the position in which he took the chequered flag.

Haryanto had been making headway after his difficult opening laps however the young Indonesian lost two positions while trying to overtake Simon Trummer to cross the line in 19th place.