Davide Valsecchi continues GP2 winning streak in Bahrain
|By Andrew van de Burgt||Friday, April 27th 2012, 14:08 GMT|
Davide Valsecchi was once again in a class of his own as he wrapped up his third GP2 win in Bahrain in a week.
The DAMS driver ran second initially at Sakhir, as poleman Giedo van der Garde made a good start and held on at the front in his Caterham machine.
The Dutchman stretched the lead to as much as 1.8 seconds, but as soon as tyre wear became as issue, Valsecchi homed into view and van der Garde was powerless to fend off the championship leader.
In fact van der Garde slipped behind the well-driven Racing Engineering car of Fabio Leimer too. Following the mandatory pitstops the Swiss even closed in on the leading yellow and black DAMS machine, but a series of fast laps took Valsecchi way out of reach and a hat-trick of Sakhir wins was confirmed.
Van der Garde held on for third, but the main action was behind him. Marcus Ericsson made a storming start to move his iSport car from ninth to fourth, but in the closing stages his tyres were shot and he tumbled down the order.
Arden's Luiz Razia was the first to profit, and he just held off the impressive Max Chilton for fourth. Chilton's Carlin team-mate Rio Haryanto produced a charging drive to take sixth, while in the second DAMS car Felipe Nasr was in great form - passing Esteban Gutierrez (Lotus) and Fabrizio Crestani (Lazarus) in one sensational move on his way to seventh.
Ericsson held on for eighth and pole for the sprint race on Saturday, while Tom Dillman (Rapax) and Johnny Cecotto Jr (Addax) took the final points in ninth and 10th.
Results - 32 laps: Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Davide Valsecchi DAMS 57m35.088s 2. Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering + 7.711s 3. Giedo van der Garde Caterham + 14.824s 4. Luiz Razia Arden + 24.142s 5. Max Chilton Carlin + 24.705s 6. Rio Haryanto Carlin + 40.965s 7. Felipe Nasr DAMS + 45.772s 8. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 50.645s 9. Tom Dillmann Rapax + 52.522s 10. Johnny Cecotto Addax + 55.578s 11. Esteban Gutierrez Lotus + 56.211s 12. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 1m06.906s 13. Brendon Hartley Ocean + 1m07.254s 14. Rodolfo Gonzalez Caterham + 1m09.206s 15. Simon Trummer Arden + 1m15.486s 16. Julian Leal Trident + 1m16.363s 17. James Calado Lotus + 1m20.506s 18. Stephane Richelmi Trident + 1m21.441s 19. Nigel Melker Ocean + 1m29.955s 20. Fabio Onidi Coloni + 1m47.146s 21. Stefano Coletti Coloni + 1 lap 22. Giancarlo Serenelli Lazarus + 1 lap 23. Ricardo Teixeira Rapax + 1 lap Retirements: Jolyon Palmer iSport 30 laps Fabrizio Crestani Lazarus 24 laps Dani Clos Addax 8 laps