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Ricci wins Asian Series finale

Giacomo Ricci carries DPR to its first GP2 win since 2005 in the Bahrain season finale
Giacomo Ricci has secured DPR's first GP2 win since the 2005 campaign with victory in the final round of the Asia Series season in Bahrain.

Ricci started fourth on the grid for the sprint race and took the lead on the run to turn one, remaining out front for the remainder of the race as he took honours ahead of ART driver Sam Bird.

The podium was decided in the first corner with Ricci taking the lead ahead of Bird and Coloni's Alvaro Parente. The trio did not change for the remainder of the twenty-lap race while the action happened behind.

Championship winner Davide Valsecchi climbed from seventh to fourth place ahead Meritus team-mates Alexander Rossi and Luca Filippi and Arden duo Charles Pic and Javier Villa.

Fighting against DPR for second and third places in the teams' standings, the four drivers started an impressive battle in the early stages of the race.

Villa had a poor start and lost the advantage of starting from the front row with poleman Edoardo Piscopo failing to make it to the grid. While Rossi overtook his slower teammate Filippi, Villa was busy with trying to surprise the Italian but also had to try and fend off his teammate's attacks.

Eventually, Pic passed both Villa and Filippi in a bold move into turn two, but he had to pit on lap nine following a puncture and dropped out of the points.

All race-long, Rossi was after Valsecchi and eventually got ahead at turn one only to run wide in turn two and lose the place again. Villa finished sixth and added another precious point to Arden's total to take second in the Series standings.

As Ricci crossed the finish line Filippi lost seventh place to Yelmer Buurman in the last corner could only think about one thing: both Italians on 29 points with Ricci's win, only the bonus point for fastest lap could see the Meritus man lose second place in the Series.

However, Ricci's failure to secure fastest lap ensured second in the standings for Filippi.


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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), celebrates his win with his mechanics after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer, Simon Trummer and Julian Leal celebrate on the podium after Race 2 at Bahrain International Circuit on Sunday 6 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
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Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), is interviewed on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), walks to the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Julian Leal (COL, Carlin), on the podium after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
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Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) during Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), celebrates his win in parc ferme after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), celebrates his win with his team after Race 1 at Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday 5 April 2014. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.)
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