Max ChiltonMarussia Carlin driver Max Chilton took his second points scoring finish of the weekend in Sunday’s GP2 Feature Race in Monza. Starting from fifth on the grid Chilton lost a place on the opening lap before coming back to take sixth after a great last lap move on Marcus Ericsson. Team mate Rio Haryanto had a storming race to finish in 12th place after starting from 18th on the grid – hustling for position with those around him throughout.

Following a close fought race for position in the weekend’s Feature Race the shorter Sprint Race got underway on Sunday morning with Chilton lining up in fifth and Haryanto 18th as the lights went out.

Both drivers had clean starts however Chilton was slightly slower away than those around him, losing one position. The next couple of laps saw contact for Fabio Onidi which elevated Haryanto up to 16th leaving him in free air to challenge those ahead which he quickly did – finding a way past James Calado while a pit stop for Luca Filippi moved the Indonesian up to 13th.

Chilton meanwhile started to close the gap to those ahead setting the fastest first sector one, however a close fight with Stefano Coletti and Johnny Cecotto saw Chilton run wide onto the kerbs and lose track position.

Haryanto was looking fast and had made further position on track after a clean move on Rene Binder before mounting a challenge on Sergio Canamasas and Giedo Van der Garde. Unfortunately the Carlin man ran out of time with the race coming to an end – crossing the line in 12th place.

Chilton had a great last lap charge overtaking Ericsson who was preoccupied by a fight with with Colleti, which allowed Chilton to sling shot through Ascari and cross the line in sixth place.

Reflecting on the race Chilton said ‘I had a slightly bad getaway which didn’t help me and then I was squeezed going into the turn one while those around cut the corner and ran wide. From then I settled into the rhythm of the race and pulled a gap to those behind.

‘With five laps to go I was catching those ahead and on the last lap the group in front came together which made it possible to overtake. Obviously I’m a little disappointed not to have been on the podium this weekend because I think we were capable of that, but I’ve moved up in the drivers’ championship and now look ahead to more points finishes in Singapore.’

Team mate Haryanto said of his weekend, ‘It was a little difficult for me here at Monza this weekend, the first race really didn’t go my way however I enjoyed the second race a lot more. I had some great battles on track and I’m pleased to have made up some positions. The final round is in Singapore and it’s a track I’ve won at in the past so I’m really looking forward to competing there and having a good weekend.’