Max Chilton has added to his sensational Singapore weekend with a dominant victory for the Marussia Carlin GP2 team – making history by winning the inaugural GP2 Series Marina Bay Feature Race in the process. Jumping pole sitter Luca Filippi off the start line Chilton, a newly appointed F1 Reserve Driver for Marussia F1, led the long race from the first corner taking maximum points and is now locked in a battle for third place in the Championship standings with Esteban Gutierrez. Team mate Rio Haryanto had another strong race to collect further points finishing in ninth place.

After a qualifying session yesterday under the lights in Singapore, this afternoon’s race got underway in humid conditions. Chilton lined up on the front row of the grid in second place while Haryanto started 16th.

As the lights went out Pole sitter Filippi bogged down giving Chilton the advantage as the field streamed into the first corner. By the end of the first lap the Marussia Carlin man had pulled a gap to Gutierrez to lead the race however a safety car, brought out by Rene Binder’s off, neutralised positions for the next couple of laps. Meanwhile Haryanto had a difficult first lap and was lying in 18th place.

As the race got back underway Chilton had once again pulled a gap over Gutierrez, maintaining the lead as the pit stop window opened. Haryanto was the first of the Carlin men to pit, before both Chilton and Gutierrez pitted together a few laps later – leaving them with fewer laps to run on their final set of tyres

Exiting the pits Chilton’s position was maintained however both he and Gutierrez found themselves marginally ahead of Filippi on track, who had pitted early and was up to speed on his new tyres following his disastrous start to the race.

With all pit stops complete a few laps later, Chilton was able to retake control of the race while Haryanto had moved up to 15th place following a multi-car mid-field fight for position. James Calado had backed the pack up somewhat leaving a train of cars behind him all fighting for position in a relatively small area of track. However the ailing Brit pitted a few laps later which moved Haryanto up to 13th and leaving him free to challenge Stefano Coletti before a problem for Jolyon Palmer moved the Indonesian up a further position.

With Chilton controlling the pace at the front the race soon became about tyre management. Those who had pitted earlier were dropping off the pace at a rate of knots and feeling the need to return to the pits; this changed positions in the top ten quickly. Haryanto, who had looked after his tyres well, moved up to tenth before a second safety car period once again neutralised the race.

At the front Chilton’s dominant display continued, and having led the race from the first corner the British Racer took his sensational second Feature Race win of the year – making history in doing so as he became the very first GP2 Series Singapore race winner. His efforts now see him fighting for third in the championship with Guttierez; a fight which will be concluded tomorrow afternoon in the final race of the 2012 season.

Haryanto meanwhile picked up points for ninth place following a last minute crash from Coletti under the safety car. The points picked up today see Carlin lying fourth overall in the Teams’ Championship and fighting for third position with Arden International who are just 11 points ahead.

Reflecting on his brilliant win Chilton said, ‘My second victory this year really couldn’t have come at a better time for me, to top off what has been a great weekend so far with a Feature Race win is just perfect. The car was amazing, the pit stop was fast and strategy was great – the team did an amazing job all weekend so I want to thank them for that.

‘It was a very long race in that car, we knew it was going to be but it was tough around here, so to take the win is even more special and I’m thrilled. I couldn’t be happier with how today has gone.’