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Gasly clinches 2016 GP2 Series title

Pierre Gasly wraps up the 2016 GP2 Series title in the final race of the season over Antonio Giovinazzi .
Red Bull Junior driver Pierre Gasly has wrapped up the 2016 GP2 Series title after main rival Antonio Giovinazzi could not bridge the points' gap between them in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi.

The Frenchman began the weekend adrift of his Prema Racing team-mate in the standings but surged 12 points clear coming into the sprint race around the Yas Marina Circuit after claiming a dominant win in the feature race.

With Giovinazzi – who finished fifth in the race – needing at least a top two finish to stand a chance of usurping Gasly, the Italian's hopes faded when he lost ground off the start and couldn't progress beyond the sixth place to the chequered flag

Whilst Gasly would fail to score himself in ninth, it was still more than enough for the Red Bull Racing test driver to secure the title in his second full season of GP2 racing.

The race itself was won from pole position by Alex Lynn, the DAMS driver ending a frustrating second year in the championship with a third win of the season, ahead of Johnny Cecotto, the GP2 veteran returning to the podium with Rapax.

Sergey Sirotkin completed the podium to secure third in the overall standings, ahead of Nobuharu Matsushita, Norman Nato and the ailing Giovinazzi.

Despite a slow start to the season, Gasly's run to the title would see him win four races and nine podiums. Even so, he came up against stiff opposition from rookie team-mate Giovinazzi, whose five wins belied his relative experience at this level, with Gasly's experience eventually telling when it mattered in Abu Dhabi.

Even so, it remains unclear of Gasly's next move after an anticipated F1 deal with Toro Rosso was ended when it opted to re-sign Daniil Kvyat. Rules state GP2 champions are not allowed to defend their titles.

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