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Kobayashi lifts Asia Series crown

While he may have missed out on victory in the opening race in Bahrain, Kamui Kobayashi was able to celebrate GP2 Asia Series title success after successfully wrapping up the championship crown.

The Japanese racer had inherited pole thanks to a penalty handed out to team-mate Jerome D'Ambrosio, but saw his chances of race victory hit by a poor start to the race.

However, Kobayashi battled back during the race to take the flag in fourth place, which was enough to ensure he can now not be caught in the championship fight.

“At the start I lost four positions and I soon realised it would be difficult to make them up,” he said. “So I decided to settle for a place and that strategy paid off. I'm delighted to have driven for such a professional team as DAMS, and I'd like to thank them for giving me a competitive car throughout the whole season. Bravo too to all the engineers and mechanics.

“Finally, I'd like to thank all those who've backed me in this campaign, in particular the Panasonic Toyota F1 team without whom none of this would have been possible.”

The race turned into one of double celebration for the DAMS team as D'Ambrosio came through the field to finish third, with the double points haul being enough to secure the teams' title as well as the drivers' crown.

“It's one of those very special days in the life of the DAMS team that makes it easy forget the difficulties!” team principal Jean-Paul Driot said. “Heartiest congratulations to the whole squad, which has coped with this championship very well, and also to our drivers who have integrated themselves perfectly into our team.

“We're going to celebrate this result in the manner it deserves! Then another challenge in the GP2 Series begins in two weeks, and we want to start where we left off in the Asian GP2 Series; namely, in front!”


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2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Saturday 28 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS), leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME) at the start Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 28 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) leads Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Mitch Evans (NZL, RUSSIAN TIME), Alex Lynn (GBR, DAMS) and the rest of the field at the start of the race. Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Friday 27 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, UAE. Friday 27 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 27 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP2 Series Round 11. Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 27 November 2015. Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS). Photo: Zak Mauger/GP2 Series Media Service.
2015 GP3 Series Round 8. Bahrain International Circuit, Bahrain Saturday 21 November 2015. Car of Sandy Stuvik (THA, Status Grand Prix), in the tyre barrier Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.

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