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Bahrain 2 - Race results (1)
27 April 2012
Davide Valsecchi had a comfortable win in the second feature race of the year at Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir. He slotted into second place at the start behind polesitter Giedo van der Garde and then relied on the DAMS being kinder to its tyres than the Caterham to allow him to wait until just before the mandatory pit stops before time his move to the front to perfection. After that, there was nothing to stop him pulling out an ever-increasing lead.
Starting on the harder option tyres, Racing Engineering's Fabio Leimer was able to pass van der Garde for second place just a few minutes after Valsecchi took the lead, although he could do nothing about the Italian's domination.
There was much more entertaining action further back, which saw Arden's Luiz Razia get the better of a slow-starting Max Chilton for fourth place, and Rio Haryanto recover from a poor getaway from the starting grid to finish just behind his Carlin team mate. Valsecchi's rookie DAMS team mate Felipe Nasr once again shone over the closing laps, making the move of the race when he passed Esteban Gutierrez (Lotus GP) and Fabrizio Crestani (Lazarus) in a single move on lap 19 on his way to seventh place. However he lost a provisional front row start in the sprint race after receiving a 20s drive-thru penalty for ignoring yellow flags during today's action.
Pole for the sprint race will now go to Tom Dillmann. Alongside him on the front row will be iSport's Marcus Ericsson, who had a brilliant start to fly into fourth place but struggled on excessively worn tyres in the final stages of the feature race and slid down the order before the end.
Giedo van der Garde
after 30 laps
after 24 laps
after 8 laps
* = includes 20s post-race penalty for ignoring yellow flags
** = handed five place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags
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