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Kobayashi wins Dubai feature.

Kamui Kobayashi stormed to victory in the Dubai feature race, securing his first win of the campaign for the DAMS team in the process.

Kobayashi dominated the first part of the race but then lost the lead to Vitaly Petrov after a late pitstop and was then passed by Roldan Rodriguez. However, a strong drive and great overtaking manoeuvres put him back on the top spot and the Japanese ace claimed his first victory of the season.

Behind Kobayashi, the fight for the second place was fierce. When the lights went off, Durango's Davide Valsecchi blitzed his way from fifth to second, quickly followed by Rodriguez. Both men passed Sakon Yamamoto and Vitaly Petrov and Rodriguez soon put great pressure on Valsecchi, but the Italian managed to hold him off while Kobayashi pulled away. However, the Durango racer lost positions after his mandatory pitstop and it was Campos' Petrov who inherited second place and then first place once Rodriguez and Kobayashi observed their pitstop.

The Russian eventually entered the pits just as Nunes and Buurman collided while fighting for sixth place.

Petrov rejoined just ahead of a slow Kobayashi who later was also passed by Rodriguez. However, he finally picked up the pace and in a matter of two laps he retook the lead through sensational moves on both Rodriguez and Petrov.

The Campos man then struggled with degradation on his left front tyre meaning that he dropped to fifth with Rodriguez, Valsecchi and Van der Garde passing him. A late great charge took Valsecchi ahead of Rodriguez for second place.

iSport's Van der Garde, Vitaly Petrov, Sergio Perez on the second Campos car. Belgian Jérôme d'Ambrosio finished seventh, in front of Sakon Yamamoto who made a poor start followed by a mistake on the second lap. However, he will start the second race of the weekend from pole position thanks to his feature race result.


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