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GP2 Bahrain 2013: Leimer fends off Coletti for second win of the year

Dillmann will be hoping that holding pole on Sunday proves as useful as it did on Saturday for Leimer, who duly sailed across the finish line two seconds ahead of Coletti while Alexander Rossi in his first GP2 Series race successfully held off a rapidly closing Felipe Nasr for the final podium position.

It's Fabio Leimer's second win of 2013 and his fourth in his four seasons of GP2 Series competition, and it puts him firmly at the front of this year's championship battle along with Stefano Coletti. Both of them are now locked together and tied on 54 points - already 19 points ahead of third-place man Nasr just three races into the season.

All in all it had been the perfect birthday week so far for the Swiss driver, who turned 24 on Wednesday. Can he now make it a clean sweep by storming through from eighth on tomorrow's grid to also win the sprint event? Given his form o far in Bahrain, you surely wouldn't be at all surprised if he did!

Full feature race results available.



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Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) leads the field down to turn one on the opening lap of the Saturday feature race at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - April 20, 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Julian Leal (COL, Racing Engineering) stalls during his pit stop in the Saturday feature race at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - April 20, 2013. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) crosses the line to take victory in the Saturday feature race at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - April 20, 2013.. Action (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) beats Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) through turn one on the opening lap of the Saturday feature race at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir - April 20, 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Fabio Leimer (SUI, Racing Engineering) celebrates his victory in the Saturday feature race at Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir on the podium with Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) and Alexander Rossi (USA, Caterham Racing) - April 20, 2013. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) in action at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Friday 10 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates in parc ferme after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport) celebrates on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Marco Sorensen (DK, MP Motorsport), Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) celebrate on the podium after the Sunday sprint race at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Sunday 12 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates in Parc Ferme after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International) celebrates with champagne on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Photo: Alastair Staley/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Patric Niederhauser (SUI, Arden International), Dean Stoneman (GBR, Koiranen GP) and Marvin Kirchhofer (GER, ART Grand Prix) on the podium after race 2 at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) celebrates at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS), Mitch Evans (NZL, RT RUSSIAN TIME) & Raffaele Marciello (ITA, Racing Engineering) on the feature race podium at Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia. Saturday 11 October 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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