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van der Garde snatches third win

Giedo van der Garde has won his third GP2 Series race of the season after a measured display of driving in slippery conditions at Monza saw him snatch victory from Vitaly Petrov with just three laps remaining.

The first time he has won a feature event this season, van der Garde spent much of the race reeling in Petrov after the Russian established a five second lead in the early stages.

However, with the iSport machine faring better in improving conditions, compared to his rival's more skittish Addax car, it took an inspired pit call just four laps from the end to get him out in front for the first time, where he would go on to victory.

The race itself was delayed for some time after a heavy downpour left the circuit in a treacherous condition. Even when things did get underway, the drivers had to spend the first five laps tucked behind the safety car before racing resumed.

Although able to capitalise on having a clear track in front, Petrov was the first to find the surface very slippery under braking for the tight first corner, the Russian skating across the escape road, but avoiding any penalty.

van der Garde followed in second, with championship leader Nico Hulkenberg just holding onto third, despite a moment out of the final corner as the race began. Allowing Sergio Perez alongside as they raced to the first turn, the Mexican would go on to lose his car under braking, Hulkenberg just missing the out of control Arden machine as it slid across his bows. Remarkably, despite crossing the circuit twice, Perez wouldn't be collected by the chasing field.

Unsurprisingly, lap one did prompt further casualties in Pastor Maldonado, who slid out of fourth at the Parabolica, while Alberto Valerio didn't complete the lap either.

Determined to keep his fading title hopes alive, Petrov pressed on, capitalising on having a clear track in front to steadily eke his margin out over van der Garde. However, the Dutchman's chance would come soon afterwards when Petrov out-braked himself for the first turn.

Although he was able to haul his car around the chicane, the lead to van der Garde had been halved and would provide the impetus for him to begin chasing Petrov down.




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2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Artem Markelov (RUS, RUSSIAN TIME) leads Robert Visoiu (ROM, Rapax) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo di Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME), leads home Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) at the finish. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) celebrates his win in parc ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) celebrates with his team in parc ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) celebrates on the podium with Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) and Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) celebrates on the podium with Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing). Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 8. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) celebrates on the podium. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Alex Fontana (SUI, Status Grand Prix) leads Matheo Tuscher (SUI, Jenzer Motorsport), Alex Palou (ESP, Campos Racing), Jimmy Eriksson (SWE, Koiranen GP), Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix), Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix), Kevin Ceccon (ITA, Arden International), Emil Bernstorff (GBR, Arden International) and the rest of the field at the start. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) takes the win as he drives past his team. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 6 September 2015. Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his win in parc ferme. Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 6. Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy. Sunday 06 September 2015. Esteban Ocon (FRA, ART Grand Prix) celebrates his podium in parc ferme. World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.

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