Ericsson had tussle with Nasr before Wellington straight, resulting in penalty. Nasr retired later in the race. Bird stormed from fourth to first with that chaos, with Coletti behind. Both of them choosed to pit earlier than most of the grid.
That enabled Mitch Evans to led the race for some stage, while Bird and Coletti got stuck behind the late-stoppers, notably Cecotto Jr. Having built enormous gap, Evans pitted and entered the track 2nd. But problem with his limiter resulted in 10 seconds stop/go penalty. Richelmi was charging behind Coletti and passed him beautifully at Club.
Coletti began to struggle with tyres and attacked by Dillmann. Dillmann passed through but Colleti ran wide. Leimer sneaked in and both of them collided, making Coletti retired with only a lap to go. Leimer retained his position, but carrying 10 place grid penaly for Sprint Race. Alex Rossi also got same penalty after contact with Kevin Ceccon, but still keep a point he got from Feature Race.
Lancaster escaped penalty despite being investigated by steward for causing a collision with James Calado.