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Abu Dhabi GP2 Final - Race results (2)

Polesitter James Calado survived strong pressure from Marcus Ericsson to win the GP2 Final sprint race in Abu Dhabi and prove just why Lotus ART have signed him up for 2012.
Britain's James Calado led from lights-to-flag to win the sprint race component of the GP2 Final Abu Dhabi weekend, holding up under pressure first from fellow GP3 graduate António Félix da Costa and later from GP2 series regular Marcus Ericsson to claim the chequered flag.

In a solid, entertaining race, all drivers seemed determined to show their race craft and professionalism throughout and there were few incidents - at least not until a suddenly wild and chaotic last lap that started with Fabio Leimer and Alexander Rossi tussling over fifth, and ended with Leimer colliding with Stefano Coletti and the whole of the lower top ten running order getting a last minute shake-up before the finish.

That will doubtless mean post-race investigations playing a part in deciding the final results.

Race results

1. #5 James Calado Lotus ART 41:26.194s + 176.761s (22 laps)
2. #10 Marcus Ericsson iSport International 41:27.964s + 1.770s (22 laps)
3. #9 Tom Dillmann iSport International 41:33.889s + 7.695s (22 laps)
4. #4 Jolyon Palmer Barwa Addax Team 41:39.234s + 13.040s (22 laps)
5. #6 Esteban Gutiérrez Lotus ART 41:53.206s + 27.012s (22 laps)
6. #18 Kevin Ceccon Scuderia Coloni 41:54.219s + 28.025s (22 laps)
7. #26 Alexander Rossi Caterham AirAsia 41:56.103s + 29.909s (22 laps)
8. #27 Luiz Razia Caterham Team AirAsia 41:56.216s + 30.022s (22 laps)
9. #1 Dani Clos Rapax 41:56.333s + 30.139s (22 laps)
10. #7 Fabio Leimer Racing Engineering 41:56.764s + 30.570s (22 laps)
11. #17 Fabio Onidi Super Nova Racing 41:59.260s + 33.066s (22 laps)
12. #14 Josef Král Arden International 42:06.711s + 40.517s (22 laps)
13. #23 Antonio Felix Da Costa Ocean 42:10.545s + 44.351s (22 laps)
14. #3 Jake Rosenzweig Barwa Addax Team 42:11.718s + 45.524s (22 laps)
15. #15 Simon Trummer Arden International 42:12.115s + 45.921s (22 laps)
16. #24 Max Chilton Carlin 42:13.040s + 46.846s (22 laps)
17. #25 Jan Charouz Carlin 42:14.541s + 48.347s (22 laps)
18. #21 Stéphane Richelmi Trident Racing 42:14.896s + 48.702s (22 laps)
19. #8 Nathanael Berthon Racing Engineering 42:15.295s + 49.101s (22 laps)
20. #12 Nigel Melker DAMS 42:15.972s + 49.778s (22 laps)
21. #20 Julian Leal Trident Racing 42:16.593s + 50.399s (22 laps)
22. #22 Nicolas Marroc Ocean 42:19.592s + 53.398s (22 laps)
23. #16 Giacomo Ricci Super Nova Racing 42:25.737s + 59.543s (22 laps)
24. #11 Rio Haryanto DAMS 42:38.836s + 72.642s (22 laps)
25. #19 Stefano Coletti Scuderia Coloni + 1 lap (21 laps)

Retirements

#2 Mihai Marinescu Rapax after 10 laps



Related Pictures

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Marcus Ericsson (SWE, iSport International) during GP2 testing at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona. Spain. Wednesday 19th October 2011. [World Copyright: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic.]
Tom Dillmann, (FRA, iSport) signs up for the GP2 Final with iSport, after a season in GP3 with Addax. [Photo Credit: Drew Gibson/GP3 Media Service ref:
Tom Dillmann (FRA, iSport International) on track in practice for the GP2 Final at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 11th November 2011. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.
GP2 Final sprint race winner James Calado (GBR, Lotus ART) on track in Abu Dhabi. [Photo: Alastair Staley/GP2 Media Service.
Campos Racing logo. (Photo credit: GP3 Media Service)
Jordan King (GBR, MP Motorsport) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jordan King (GBR, MP Motorsport) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Jordan King (GBR, MP Motorsport) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Esteban Ocon (FRS, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Pierre Gasly (FRA, DAMS) during GP2 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Dunbar/GP2 Series Media Service.)
Seb Morris (GBR, Status 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.)
Alex Palou (ESP, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)
Alex Palou (ESP, Trident) during GP3 testing at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Saturday 29 November 2014. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/GP3 Series Media Service.)

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