Coletti wins Abu Dhabi race two

Stefano Coletti drove a faultless race to claim the GP2 Asia sprint honours in Abu Dhabi

Coletti wins Abu Dhabi race two

The Trident driver made a great start from pole and did not put a wheel wrong as he romped to victory.

Fellow front-row starter Sam Bird got too much wheelspin and was jumped by Giedo van der Garde, but the Dutchman's race was destined to be compromised.

His Addax team had left something in the sidepod, which a team member retrieved just seconds before the cars left the dummy grid. A drive-through penalty was inevitable.

Bird inherited second, but spun the position away with just a handful of laps remaining while under no pressure.

This promoted Arden's Josef Kral to second and Bird's iSport team-mate Marcus Eriksson to third. Race one winner Jules Bianchi (ART) took fourth after a storming drive, but his last-lap pass on Davide Valsecchi (AirAsia) took place with all four wheels on the grass as they banged wheels, so a stewards' decision will be required.

Michael Herck grabbed the final point for Coloni after a late-race pass on Rapax's Fabio Leimer, who had made a stunning start to run in the points for all bar the final few laps.

Yesterday's runner-up Romain Grosjean (DAMS) had to retire after a first-lap incident with Herck.

Pos Driver Team Time/Gap 1. Stefano Coletti Trident 43m02.819s 2. Josef Kral Arden + 2.629s 3. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 3.323s 4. Jules Bianchi ART + 9.434s 5. Davide Valsecchi AirAsia + 11.531s 6. Michael Herck Coloni + 14.687s 7. Fabio Leimer Rapax + 17.175s 8. Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering + 17.426s 9. Johnny Cecotto Super Nova + 25.351s 10. Charles Pic Addax + 25.493s 11. Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident + 30.947s 12. Jolyon Palmer Arden + 32.897s 13. Andrea Caldarelli Ocean + 33.396s 14. Esteban Gutierrez ART + 33.643s 15. James Jakes Coloni + 34.526s 16. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova + 38.094s 17. Luiz Razia AirAsia + 38.830s 18. Julian Leal Rapax + 39.280s 19. Max Chilton Carlin + 42.205s 20. Oliver Turvey Ocean + 42.677s 21. Pal Varhaug DAMS + 43.137s 22. Dani Clos Racing Engineering + 47.035s 23. Giedo van der Garde Addax + 49.926s Retirements: Mikhail Aleshin Carlin 23 laps Sam Bird iSport 21 laps Romain Grosjean DAMS 0 laps 
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