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Valencia WS 2005: Gommendy at the wire.

The race was then set up for a close two-lap dash to the finish as the safety car returned to allow safe removal of Karun Chandhok's car, but Kubica would not be part of it as, almost immediately, he encountered an electrical problem and was forced to retire. That left Gommendy out front, but his lead was under threat from Valles, the Spaniard pushing all the way to the flag before the Frenchman hung on for victory.

“What an amazing race…" Gommendy admitted, "We have been quick since the start of the weekend, but qualifying didn't go very well. I stopped early and then attacked really hard, and it paid off”

After a storming recovery to end his race, Salignon grabbed third place from Pasini at the line.

“I'm not used to long races with a pit-stop, which means that tactics play a big role," Salignon admitted, "I had difficulty in overtaking slower drivers after my stop, and then I made a big mistake when chasing Kubica. However, the heavens smiled on me and I was able to get back up the field. I just have to start winning races now!”

Behind Pasini, for whom fourth was a season's best, Kostka recovered from his brush with van Lagen to salvage fifth ahead of Giorgio Mondini, Patrick Pilet and the luckless Fleming. The even more hard-done-by Zuber eventually took tenth, behind Fukuda, who had gone off on lap one.

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