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GP2 Bahrain 2013: Bird flies to sprint victory in Sakhir

The pressure on Bird at the front was momentarily relieved when Coletti made a mistake, locked up and ran wide at the end of the penultimate lap which allowed Felipe Nasr to get past him into second place; Coletti seemed to have flat-spotted his tyres in the incident and struggled to stay on track for the remainder of the race, quickly dropping off the back off the fierce battle between Bird and Nasr for the win.

The unleashed Nasr had the raw pace, but Bird had the position - and he made his car as wide as he possibly could to prevent the Carlin from getting past. The two went into the final corners side-by-side but Bird managed to successfully cover the line on the final run down the start/finish straight. That left Nasr inches short (a mere 0.080s in terms of time) at the finish line and Bird was duly able to celebrate taking a maiden win for Russian Time, the team that only entered the GP2 Series in March as a last-gasp replacement for the departing iSport International.

Behind this grandstand finish to the race, Coletti held on to third thanks to the earlier huge gap he'd pulled out on Dillmann. The Frenchman came home a lonely but safe fourth place, doubtless disappointed not to have converted a pole start to a podium especially given the success of his team mate in winning the race.

Calado managed to pass Palmer for fifth in the closing laps, while Abt finished seventh ahead of Quiafe-Hobbs who had finally struggled to the finish in eighth place. That was the last points-scoring position, leaving Fabio Leimer flat out of luck in ninth just ahead of Kevin Ceccon: it means that having got on equal footing with Coletti in the championship after Saturday's feature race, Leimer now drops back down again to second place ten points off the Monagasque's 64 point tally as the GP2 drivers pack up and head out of Sakhir for another year.

Full sprint race results available.
Current series championship standings also available.



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Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) and Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) during qualifying at Sakhir, Bahrain - Friday April 19. (World Copyright: Alastair Staley/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory in the sprint race at Sakhir, Bahrain - Sunday April 21. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Tom Dillmann (FRA, Russian Time) leads Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, MP Motorsport) into the first corner on the opening lap of the sprint race at Sakhir, Bahrain - Sunday April 21.. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) celebrates his victory on the podium with Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) and Stefano Coletti (MON, Rapax) after the sprint race at Sakhir, Bahrain - Sunday April 21. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Sam Bird (GBR, Russian Time) crosses the line to take victory in the sprint race at Sakhir, Bahrain - Sunday April 21. (World Copyright: Glenn Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Artem Markelov (RUS, Russian Time) at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Jed Leicester/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) in practice at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) in practice at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Dino Zamparelli (GBR, ART Grand Prix) in practice at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates winning pole after qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium. Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) at Spa Francorchamps on Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) at Spa Francorchamps on Friday 22 August 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates winning pole after Friday qualifying at Spa Francorchamps on August 22 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Carlin`s Julian Leal at Spa in Friday practice. August 22, 2014. (Photo Credit: GP2 Media Service)
Adrian Quaife-Hobbs (GBR, Rapax) at the Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Friday 25 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix) celebrates at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL, ART Grand Prix), Jolyon Palmer (GBR, DAMS) & Felipe Nasr (BRA, Carlin) elebrate at Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary. Sunday 27 July 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP2 Series Media Service.)

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