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Leimer takes first win of 2013

Coletti barely had time to gather himself before Calado arrived on the scene and tried to mug Coletti for second spot in through the final corner of that same lap; again, a desperate rear-guard action momentarily saved the position, but by the time the two cars arrived at turn 1 it was all over for Coletti and Calado had the superior grip to take the tighter line into the never-ending right hander, and with with the position. Calado was released to try and carry the fight to the leader, but Leimer had a two second lead now and the better pace - the race was effectively over at the front, and Coletti had enough of a gap to hold on to third place over Nasr despite his shot tyres.

Further back there was still plenty of scrapping going on, Rio Haryanto made contact with Hilmer's Pal Varhaug on lap 27 while fighting for position, with Tom Dillmann having to avoid getting caught up in their spat. On the same lap, Simon Trummer and Mitch Evans did battle over ninth place, which was resolved in the Rapax driver's favour when the Arden locked up; however, it was too late for Trummer to then go on and do anything about Richelmi who held on to eighth place at the chequered flag - and with it, the pole position on the reverse grid for the Sunday morning sprint race.

But that's a matter for another day: before then, it was time for podium celebrations for Leimer (his first win since Barcelona 2011), Calado and Coletti. Time - and another 21 races between now and November 3 - will tell whether or not one of these three will build on today's success to claim the 2013 GP2 championship.

Full feature race results.



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Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) leads Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) in the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) leads Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) in the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) in the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) crosses the line to take victory in the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
James Calado (GBR, ART GP) congratulates Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) on his victory in the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) celebrates his victory on the podium with James Calado (GBR , ART Grand Prix) and Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) after the Malaysia feature race - March 23 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Campos Racing logo. (Photo credit: GP3 Media Service)
Antonio Fuoco (ITA, ART Grand Prix) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Antonio Fuoco (ITA, ART Grand Prix) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sergey Sirotkin (RUS, Rapax) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Alex Lynn (GBR, Carlin) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Arthur Pic (FRA, Campos Racing) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Antonio Fuoco (ITA, Carlin) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Friday 28 November 2014. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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