Romain Grosjean started from pole position and led every lap of the opening GP2 Europe main series feature race at Istanbul Park, Turkey, at one point opening up a 5s lead over second place.

But Sam Bird fought back from a poor start and slow pit stop to close right up and apply pressure on the leader at the end, while Jules Bianchi also had a dreadful pit stop and fought back hard to take third place by the chequered flag.

A full race report is also available.

Race result

1. Romain Grosjean DAMS 57m09.999s
2. Sam Bird iSport + 0.332s
3. Jules Bianchi ART + 35.856s
4. Giedo van der Garde Addax + 45.933s
5. Stefano Coletti Trident + 52.280s
6. Luiz Razia AirAsia + 52.866s
7. Charles Pic Addax + 1m03.117s
8. Dani Clos Racing Engineering + 1m11.822s
9. Marcus Ericsson iSport + 1m12.913s
10. Davide Rigon Coloni + 1m15.636s
11. Christian Vietoris Racing Engineering + 1m20.559s
12. Fairuz Fauzy Super Nova + 1m26.007s
13. Josef Kral Arden + 1m31.885s
14. Michael Herck Coloni + 1m43.492s
15. Kevin Mirocha Ocean + 1 lap
16. Davide Valsecchi AirAsia + 1 lap
17. Jolyon Palmer Arden + 1 lap
18. Pal Varhaug DAMS + 1 lap
19. Julian Leal Rapax + 1 lap

Retirements

Rodolfo Gonzalez Trident 16 laps Luca Filippi Super Nova 15 laps Johnny Cecotto Ocean 14 laps Esteban Gutierrez ART 0 laps Max Chilton Carlin 0 laps Fabio Leimer Rapax 0 laps

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