Milos Pavlovic made the most of the reverse grid system in the second World Series by Renault race of the weekend to score a comfortable victory at Estoril.

A second win of the season that adds to his first triumph at Spa-Francorchamps, the Serbian has endured a relatively inconsistent season, but nonetheless scored his fourth podium to move back up to third place in the standings.

A relatively uneventful race by World Series' often chaotic standards, Pavlovic - like race one winner Miguel Molina yesterday - lined up second on the grid but could not get the better of the pole sitter, this time Clivio Piccione, to snatch the lead into the first corner.

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Nonetheless, Piccione and Pavlovic were the class of the field and simply pulled away from those behind. However, the Monegasque driver's hopes of scoring a maiden World Series win ended on lap 16 when Pavlovic finally made a move stick.

From there, the Draco Racing driver added seconds to his margin over remaining 11 laps to end the race more than five seconds up on Piccione. Still, the former GP2 Series driver will be pleased to have turned in his best result of a season that has shown race winning pace ruined by dismal luck.

Indeed, the reverse grid system worked well for several of the drivers who finished in the lower reaches of the top ten in the first race, the relative lack of overtaking opportunities keeping action to a minimum.

It meant, Fairuz Fauzy, who started third, finished in exactly the same position to record both his and Cram Competition's third podium of the year, although it took some rather robust defending by Piccione to keep the Malaysian driver behind him.

One of the bigger movers though was Giedo van der Garde, whose unfailing consistency saw him grab a second fourth place finish of the weekend. The Dutchman has been impressive for Victory Engineering this year, but while he has scored in ten races this season, he is yet to win a podium.

While championship leader Alvaro Parente captured much of the attention this weekend, it was his Portuguese compatriot Filipe Albuquerque who was again leading home hopes in fifth place, the Epsilon Euskadi youngster cementing his status as the year's leading rookie.

Parente himself finished in seventh place behind Alvaro Barba, after making a mistake whilst running fifth place, one that dropped him behind Albuquerque and Barba.

Nonetheless, it is a result that adds four points onto his advantage to leave him with a substantial lead heading into the final rounds over Hanley, who had worked his way up the order following his terrifying roll in the opening race, but decided to pit late on in an attempt to get the two points fastest lap. It would prove to be a shrewd move as he claimed the bonus markers. However with only four points to his name this weekend, the Brit's hopes now look slim

Marco Bonanomi made it two RC Motorsport cars in the top ten in eighth, ahead of Julien Jousse, who took his sixth straight points finish in eighth, while, Canadian Robert Wickens claimed a point on his European racing debut with Carlin Motorsport in tenth place.

In the title standings, Parente is now almost assured of the 2007 title after extending his lead over Hanley to 22 points, with only a total of 35 available to play for at the final round to be held next weekend at Barcelona

Even more ominous for the Brit, Parente won there last year and with four points available for pole position and another four for fastest lap both races, Hanley will likely need to win both races, score pole position, take fastest lap and hope his rival does not finish if he is to be crowned champion

Just behind, Pavlovic's win has moved him up from fifth to third in the standings and also within just nine points of the runners-up spot, while Albuquerque is close behind too having also vaulted past Sebastian Vettel, who remains fifth in the standings despite having not competed in the last eight races.

In the team standings, Parente's Tech 1 Racing are also close to triumph having opened up a 33 point advantage over, now, Draco Racing. However, the healthy points system of the World Series means a maximum of 61 is still up for grabs, meaning the Italian team still has an outside chance to snatching it away from the sophomore French squad.