Polesitter Fabio Leimer shot off into a two-second lead at the end of the first lap of the GP2 Final feature race in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, and no one could catch him for the remainder of the day.

Meanwhile two of Leimer's nearest rivals - Dani Clos and Josef Kral - tangled at the start and left fast-starting Luiz Razia as the only man able to stay anywhere near in touch with the leader. The Caterham Team Air Asia driver finished almost seven seconds off Leimer at the chequered flag, while Jolyon Palmer was over 20s further back from him in the Barwa Addax as he won a close-fought battle for third over iSport's Marcus Ericsson.

Kevin Ceccon finished in fifth place ahead of the highest-placed of the rookies, iSport's Tom Dillman in sixth place just ahead of Antonio Felix Da Costa, James Calado and Nathanael Berthon. GP2 Series regular Stefano Coletti rounded out the top ten on his return to racing following his accident at Spa.

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Race results

1. #7 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 58:53.563s + 175.293s (31 laps)
2. #27 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 59:00.474s + 6.911s (31 laps)
3. #4 Jolyon Palmer Barwa Addax Team 59:22.271s + 28.708s (31 laps)
4. #10 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 59:23.375s + 29.812s (31 laps)
5. #18 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 59:30.182s + 36.619s (31 laps)
6. #9 Tom Dillmann iSport International 59:35.081s + 41.518s (31 laps)
7. #23 Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean 59:36.059s + 42.496s (31 laps)
8. #5 James Calado Lotus ART 59:39.232s + 45.669s (31 laps)
9. #8 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 59:44.908s + 51.345s (31 laps)
10. #19 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni 59:56.044s + 62.481s (31 laps)
11. #16 Giacomo Ricci Super Nova Racing 1:00:02.195s + 68.632s (31 laps)
12. #11 Rio Haryanto DAMS 1:00:07.066s + 73.503s (31 laps)
13. #26 Alexander Rossi Caterham AirAsia 1:00:10.135s + 76.572s (31 laps)
14. #22 Nicolas Marroc Ocean 1:00:22.536s + 88.973s (31 laps)
15. #12 Nigel Melker DAMS 1:00:23.891s + 90.328s (31 laps)
16. #20 Julian Leal Trident Racing 1:00:27.232s + 93.669s (31 laps)
17. #2 Mihai Marinescu Rapax 1:00:28.907s + 95.344s (31 laps)
18. #17 Fabio Onidi Super Nova Racing 1:00:37.104s + 103.541s (31 laps)
19. #21 St?phane Richelmi Trident Racing 59:10.824s + 1 lap (30 laps)
20. #14 Josef Kr?l Arden International 59:13.030s + 1 lap (30 laps)
21. #6 Esteban Guti?rrez Lotus ART 1:00:29.691s + 1 lap (30 laps)

Retirements

#3 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team after 23 laps #15 Simon Trummer Arden International after 23 laps #25 Jan Charouz Carlin after 18 laps #24 Max Chilton Carlin after 2 laps #1 Dani Clos Rapax after 1 lap