Nobuharu Matsushita has taken his second career GP2 Series win at Monaco after taking full advantage of his sprint race pole position to dominate from start-to-finish.

The Japanese driver finished ninth in the feature race initially, but was promoted to a crucial eighth position post-race by virtue of a penalty for Antonio Giovinazzi ahead of him, giving him pole position for the sprint race.

With Matsushita getting away perfectly to resist the attentions of Marvin Kirchhofer into turn one, the Honda and McLaren development driver simply pulled away, establishing a mammoth 13secs lead by the end of the 30 lap exchange. The result marks his second win in GP2 after claiming a sprint race success at the Hungaroring last year.

Though he had no answer to Matsushita, rookie Kirchhofer kept it out of the wall to pick up a fine maiden podium for Carlin in only his second GP2 event, with Raffaele Marciello completing the podium for the Russian Time team.

Mitch Evans and Alex Lynn held their starting positions in fourth and fifth, but in a largely processional race there was only one position swap inside the points-paying top six positions, with Norman Nato getting a point for sixth at the expense of Oliver Rowland.

Coupled to his fastest lap, Nato leads the overall standings heading to Baku by one point from Monaco feature winner Artem Markelov, who finished eighth. Lynn holds third, eight points behind Nato.