Heikki Kovalainen has moved one step closer to securing the World Series by Nissan championship after taking his fifth win of the season in the second race at the Circuit de Catalunya on Sunday
The Finn relinquished the lead just the once as the pitstops unfolded, but resumed his place at the front, eking out a confortable cushion on his nearest rival, Pons Racing team-mate Adrian Valles.
The deployment of the safety car towards the end of the race closed the field leaving a one-lap dash to the chequered flag. Kovalainen held on with ease, though, and is now odds on favourite to take the title.
Valles held onto second spot to make it a one-two for the team whoch only joined the championship this year. RC Motorsport's Narain Karthikeyan looked certain to take the final podium spot heading in for his pitstop, but a mistake dropped the Indian to fourth.
Saulnier Racing's Tristan Gommendy took advantage of the slip to take third.
Kovalainen's nearest challenger for the title, Tiago Monteiro finished seventh and now only has a slender chance of beating the flying Finn.
Felix Porteiro Epsilon Euskadi 26mins 32.107secs 17 laps Heikki Kovalainen Pons Racing +1.261s Enrique Bernoldi GD Racing +3.733s Tristan Gommendy Saulnier Racing +4.106s Narain Karthikeyan RC Motorsport +4.960s Sergio Hernandez Saulnier Racing +14.116s Juan Cruz Alvarez Gabord Reyco +15.164s Jean-Christophe Ravier Epsilon Euskadi +15.957s
Heikki Kovalainen Pons Racing 39m41.762s Adrian Valles Pons Racing +1.209s Tristan Gommendy Saulnier Racing +1.930s Narain Karthikeyan RC Motorsport +2.260s Juan Cruz Alvarez Gabord Reyco +3.591s Felix Porteiro Epsilon Euskadi +4.946s Tiago Monteiro Carlin Motorsport +5.597s Didier Andre KTR +12.280s
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